A Pilot Project will be implemented in each country. Different types of Cultural Heritage sites and environmental settings have been selected, located in rural or urban areas, included into UNESCO World Heritage Sites List or Tentative List and featuring different problems/assets. In these areas the Environmental Planning Concept developed by BOKU-SIG partner will be tested and specific conditions will be met governing its practical application.
The project will apply a participation process to spatial planning focusing on the environmental aspects relating to Cultural Heritage sites. The aim is to draft new development models involving stakeholders, local authorities and citizens. By integrating the participatory approach with GIS tools and applications, the capacity of CH professionals will be enhanced and the stakeholders’ know-how improved. CHERPLAN will set up Cultural Site Management Partnerships in each country; their role being to actively contribute to the elaboration of Action and Business Plans for the Pilot Project sites. Through CSMPs’ cooperation and support the Environmental Planning and Management approach will see concrete application. The composition of the CSMPs will change according to the Pilot sites’ focus.
The applied participatory processes can help define the problems and identify the solutions drawing from a wide variety of viewpoints, increasing the understanding of the interlinked nature of problems facing a community. In addition, implementation can be enhanced, , as a decision or a policy will be more effective if a broad coalition of stakeholders support and work together to deliver it. Furthermore participatory processes can increase public trust, as openness to conflicting claims and views increases the credibility of the final decision and stimulates an active civil society.
Four workshops are foreseen in each pilot site: one dedicated to the Environmental Planning metholodogy; one to Pilot Projects development; one to Action Planning and the last one to Business Planning. The workshops will be organised in an interactive way in order to obtain a prompt feed-back from stakeholders.
SWOT Analysis, Action and Business Plans aimed at providing concrete responses and investment estimates to the identified needs will be prepared in each Pilot site, thus building a shared vision and consensus on future actions.