Réseau de la Convention de Faro
Le Réseau de la Convention de Faro consiste en des groupes d’acteurs de terrain et de passeurs menant des actions locales dans les villes et régions des Etats membres du Conseil de l'Europe qui cherchent à valoriser leur patrimoine local conformément aux principes de la Convention de Faro.Le Réseau de la Convention de Faro se compose d’un nombre croissant de « communautés locales » qui appartiennent à un réseau paneuropéen dynamique et échangent leurs vastes connaissances et expertise et leurs outils dans le cadre d’une coopération et d’un dialogue constructifs.
Le Réseau de la Convention de Faro accompagne les communautés patrimoniales (locales) qui souhaitent démocratiser la gouvernance du patrimoine sous l’égide du Conseil de l'Europe en faisant connaître ces bonnes pratiques locales au niveau européen.
Becoming part of the FCN is a self-assessed process. Interested heritage communities* are encouraged to go through a self-assessment exercise based on the Faro Convention principles and criteria. The Faro Convention Action Plan advocates that each heritage community has its own wisdom, knowledge and potential, and is capable of managing this process with the guidance and support of the Council of Europe (CoE) secretariat and the FCN members. Therefore, self-assessment, monitoring and evaluation are considered parts of a self-management process. While the principles and criteria are the products of an on-going reflection, they are revisited on a regular basis and adjusted according to feedback and a learning process embedded in the Faro Convention Action Plan. Lessons learned from the Action Plan, together with the tested good practices, are included in the recommendations for Strategy 21 implementation, as well as policy making for the members States of the CoE. Based on the principles and criteria, each heritage community initiative should conduct a self-assessment, responding to the points indicated in twelve criteria. It is expected that a heritage community may not meet all the criteria. In such cases, the heritage community, as an active member of the FCN, is expected to work with the Network to optimize its position. A self-assessment tool provides an opportunity to visualise the baseline measure vs. desired level, and to assist in the drawing up of a plan of action for each heritage community.
Affiliation with the FCN is a free association, based on the Faro Convention principles and criteria. Once a heritage community establishes an affiliation with the network, continuation is sustained through active dialogue and continued interest and action between members as well as the CoE Secretariat. If such progress is not assessed and demonstrated through the initiative, the heritage community might be considered a passive member until they are ready to be actively involved, and their CV would not appear on the CoE website among active members.
In this regard, an active member:
- becomes part of a pan-European Network and has access to the resources that the Network offers;
- has the opportunity to make their ‘invisible’ case ‘visible’ across 47 CoE member States;
- takes part in the assessment and spotlight visits, as appropriate;
- participates in the annual FCN meeting;
- contributes to the Faro Labs and tests the good practices to verify their cross-cultural validity;
- engages in joint actions, projects with other programmes and initiatives;
- maintains its visibility on the CoE website and promoted through the CoE activities;
- promotes the Faro Convention and Action Plan in their respective countries.
* While the term heritage communities is explicitly used in the Convention, based on the local context, different terms, including heritage groups, heritage teams, etc. could be used.