Culture, Heritage and Diversity


Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme

 

The Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme related to the integrated conservation of the cultural heritage was set up by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 1977 as a direct consequence of the significant amount of public and political awareness gained during the European Architectural Heritage Year ("A Future for our Past", 1975). It adopted rules governing the provision of the Programme which was expanded substantially with the ratification in 1985 of the Granada Convention (Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe) and in 1992 of the Valletta Convention (Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage).

 

The Technical Co-operation and Consultancy Programme related to the integrated conservation of the Cultural Heritage is one of the Council of Europe’s principal tools of intervention in this field, with over thirty years experience acquired through more than 100 projects or activities and 1 250 expert assessments carried out by more than 370 experts in 36 of the member states. The objectives are continuously being revised according to the evolution of the priorities of the Organisation and the needs expressed by the member states regarding the enhancement of the environment and heritage as one of the pillars of sustainable development.

 

A cultural process and project


The programme meets governments’ demands with regard to complex problems of heritage conservation, protection, rehabilitation, enhancement or management at national, regional or local level. It seeks to demonstrate, by means of concrete action, the impact of the principles upheld by the Council of Europe and to accompany the improvement of the way in which institutions operate in order to ensure the sustainability of conservation and enhancement policies and strategies implemented for the development of communities.

 

The methodological purpose of the Council of Europe’s technical co-operation programme reflects the deep changes affecting the whole of society today in proposing a transversal and integrated approach of sustainable development, which places the importance of the human dimension at the centre of its actions taking into account the following:

 



 

Activities

Kyiv Initiative Regional Programme: Black Sea and South Caucasus

Regional Programme for South East Europe

Support to the Promotion of cultural diversity in Kosovo

Post-Conflict Actions in Georgia

 

Documentation

Texts of reference

Publications

 

Contacts

List of contacts

regional planning (urban and spatial planning);

cultural heritage (monuments, architectural ensembles and cultural landscapes);

the environment and the protection of nature (biological diversity and landscape);

regional and local development (economic activity and job creation);

culture (defence and promotion of identities, cultural diversity, society’s value system);

cultural tourism;

social policies (social justice/cohesion/solidarity)

through the improvement of the quality of life (improvement of housing, infrastructures, public spaces, prevention of natural catastrophes, management of post-conflicts, etc.)

 

Action in the field and political cooperation


Co-operation projects concern mainly the development of long-term intervention programmes and the definition of priority strategies and actions which aim to improve the living standards of the populations concerned. The projects are chosen to serve as models (pilot projects), as an experiment for new management methods and as a framework for the elaboration of innovative concepts.

 

Although the activities are based on concrete actions, they mainly target national policies in encouraging States to commit themselves to a process of institutional reform and the strengthening of operational mechanisms and project management tools. These technical, administrative and legislative co-operation activities concern mainly:

 

follow-up of the Council of Europe conventions, elaboration of standards and best practice;

institutional capacity-building, elaboration of management and strategic tools accompanied by appropriate transfers of competencies affected through professional and institutional networking;

elaboration of operational development strategies and programmes as a contribution to the improvement of the environment and living standards and as a factor of dialogue, reconciliation and tolerance;

contribution to education in democratic citizenship and promotion of local and regional democracy, through a participative process and the elaboration of projects respecting principles and rules of law;

protection and integration of minorities and of vulnerable groups in a spirit of solidarity, social cohesion and social justice.