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The Island of Cres

Tatjana Lolić © Croatian Ministry of Culture

Tatjana Lolić © Croatian Ministry of Culture

Location of the initiative:

 CROATIA, Zagreb


Relation to Strategy 21 Recommendations:

S6 - Create a suitable framework to enable local authorities and communities to take action for the benefit of their heritage and its management


Time span of the initiative:

2008-ongoing


Brief description of the initiative:

Local Development Pilot Project “Island of Cres” started 2008 with the consent of the four ministries that signed the Political Statement: Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction; Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure; Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. Afterwards, the same ministries plus the local authorities signed the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the whole project.

The implementation activities of the LDPP started in May 2010 when the PIU was established. After a series of workshops attended by 37 stakeholders, the Territory diagnosis was published in May 2014. The document establishes an overall, integrated assessment of the socio-economic and heritage situation that exists throughout the territory. It serves as a reference point in determining what future actions are to be carried out under the Project, and the strategic outlook for the development project. The stakeholders (local, regional and national) discussed the vision of the island in 2035 and the future strategic development orientations and on that bases, the “Territorial Strategy” was submitted and adopted by the Steering Committee in December 2015.

The Operational Programme for 2016 was drafted and has to be adopted by the relevant project bodies in early 2016. Together with the Territorial Diagnosis and the Territorial Strategy, the Operational Programme will be the integral part of the “Territory Charter”. Its text has also been drafted and will be verified by the Steering Committee and the Inter-ministerial Working Group in May-June 2016.


Objectives of the initiative:

  • To create a long-term development plan for the medium sized coherent territory, which is identified, on the basses of the shared geographic – cultural – traditional and economical profile of the territory rather than through the administrative borders?
  • To observe the protection and use of cultural heritage wholly and interactively and not in a particular and sectorial approach.
  • To create a model for the specific problems of Croatian islands on the bases of the community centred approach

Brief assessment of the initiative’s results:

The outcomes of the Cres project is methodology that will be possibly used and implemented for other regions and islands, in order to increase the quality of life within the rural depopulated areas with rich cultural and natural heritage. In addition, Cres project confirmed that the cultural and natural heritage is not possible to protect and enhanced in conservative way through the institutions, and, exclusively through the expert approach-but through mobilization of the local community, linking them with the local, regional and national level. This approach we consider as the contribution to the implementation of Faro Convention.


Contact

Ms Ranka Saračević-Wurth
Ministry of Culture
Runjaninova 2
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Ranka.Saracevic-Wurth@min-kulture.hr


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