Actors from the South of the Mediterranean have met in Brussels to exchange lessons learnt and to focus on heritage as vector for development. They have trained one appropriation and transmission methodologies, with the objective to become ‘ambassadors’ of the EH4 programme at country level.
Around 40 Civil Society representatives from Cultural Heritage Southern Mediterranean organizations have met in Brussels on March 20th – 22nd, 2012.
They have exchanged lessons learnt and showcased the achievements of Euromed- Heritage 4 (EH) regional programme. During the 3-day visit they have also trained on appropriation and transmission methodologies, with the objective to become ‘Ambassadors’ of the programme at country level, reaching out institutions as well as civil society organizations and the general public. Finally, they have met members of the European Parliament to present projects’ results and impacts.
Among the recommendations high on the agenda of this conference, there was the idea that the development of heritage resources – monuments, artifacts, buildings, music, stories etc – is a key for the advancement of local communities. “Throughout these years we have seen the potentials that heritage has for economic and human development – says Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, EH4 Capacity development team leader - and we have witnessed an improvement in the quality of life, particularly in historic city centers”.
According to Dabdoub Nasser, Euromed Heritage has been a vehicle for healthy and fruitful ‘north-south’ and ‘south-south’ exchanges of knowledge, experiences and good practice. “Working together, partner countries from the North and from the South have shown how heritage resources can be mobilised in ‘development’ schemes that cater to the public good”.