Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Integrated Rehabilitation Projects : the main ideas


The IRPP/SAAH contributes to institutional capacity building in the Balkan countries through the development of quality management tools for consolidating public policies in the field of heritage. The set of documents created as part of the IRPP/SAAH, specifying the needs, priorities and technical data needed for carrying out rehabilitation projects, will strengthen the the capacity of institutions and facilitate project promoters’ access to public and private funding instruments.


Under the supervision of the "Interministerial Commission", set up in each of the beneficiary countries to manage the Regional programme for Cultural and natural heritage in South-East Europe, the "Project Coordinators" are responsible for organising the various activities necessary to carry out the IRPP/SAAH. They coordinate the work of the specialists involved in each of the rehabilitation projects and act as a contact point between the different partners (local, regional, national or international).


The methodology implemented includes four main phases. Repeating the cycle every two years ensures the constant renewal of the national heritage rehabilitation strategy:


Phase 1

On the basis of a questionnaire distributed to a large number of national stakeholders, this first phase aims to prepare a report on the heritage situation: legislation, mechanisms, management, etc. This Heritage Assessment Report provides information that can be used by potential investors for measuring the intervention conditions in each country.


Phase 2

Through a large consultation process with the different stakeholders (institutions, local administrations, civil society), the Priority Intervention List (PIL) describes about 15-20 monuments and sites to be focused on for rehabilitation and restoration work in each country. The first list, adopted in 2005, was revised in 2008 and is currently being revised in 2010. So far, the 172 monuments and sites that have been listed cover a large variety of buildings – churches, mosques, archaeological sites, urban and rural buildings – and propose a large scope of intervention.


Phase 3

The national specialists carry out a Preliminary Technical Assessment (PTA) of the works and strategies necessary for rehabilitating the monuments and sites, by measuring the difficulties and estimated costs, and proposing different options for new uses for the monuments. These assessments, published and disseminated, are mainly a communication and promotional tool for the projects considered as priorities, and should serve as a basis for establishing partnerships.


Phase 4

Rehabilitation projects for monuments and sites that could evolve into the development of funding strategies are complemented by targeted Feasibility Studies (FS) and/or Business Plans. These detail the choices made by the project owners and potential investors between the different rehabilitation options, according to the specific interests of the partners. This last phase therefore aims at providing the rehabilitation projects with complementary financial data which will allow negotiations with potential public or private investors and partnership agreements, prior to the completion of additional studies necessary for starting work. They are then referred to as "Consolidated Projects".




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