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E-pub - The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage

E-pub - The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage (2015)

ISBN 978-92-871-8183-1
Type of document : Book
Format : Epub
Size : 19 x 24 cm
Language : English
Number of pages : 106

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E-pub - The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage

E-pub - The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage

Dozens of investments have been made in cultural monuments and historic environments in the countries of South-East Europe over the last decade in accordance with the principles of the European Union and Council of Europe Ljubljana Process. Whether investing in cultural heritage actually produces dividends for local economies and improves the quality of life of communities has not been previously demonstrated, however. This book reports on a pilot exercise carried out by the Research Unit on South Eastern Europe at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It develops a methodology for the collection of evidence needed to monitor and evaluate the wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage.

This book presents the findings of a study on six completed projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It identifies the challenges to achieving sustainable development goals – and how they may be met – and the benefits, both direct and indirect, that can arise from developing and valorising cultural heritage sites and increasing their influence on the sustainability of the local economy and on quality of life.

On the basis of detailed case studies, the book provides an overview of the main challenges facing  cultural heritage in South-East Europe from a pan-European perspective and analyses the institutional and policy framework for effective sustainable rehabilitation. It concludes with an assessment of lessons learned from the study and makes some suggestions for generating wider benefits from future investment in the cultural heritage of South-East Europe.

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Dozens of investments have been made in cultural monuments and historic environments in the countries of South-East Europe over the last decade in accordance with the principles of the European Union and Council of Europe Ljubljana Process. Whether investing in cultural heritage actually produces dividends for local economies and improves the quality of life of communities has not been previously demonstrated, however. This book reports on a pilot exercise carried out by the Research Unit on South Eastern Europe at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It develops a methodology for the collection of evidence needed to monitor and evaluate the wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage.

This book presents the findings of a study on six completed projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It identifies the challenges to achieving sustainable development goals – and how they may be met – and the benefits, both direct and indirect, that can arise from developing and valorising cultural heritage sites and increasing their influence on the sustainability of the local economy and on quality of life.

On the basis of detailed case studies, the book provides an overview of the main challenges facing  cultural heritage in South-East Europe from a pan-European perspective and analyses the institutional and policy framework for effective sustainable rehabilitation. It concludes with an assessment of lessons learned from the study and makes some suggestions for generating wider benefits from future investment in the cultural heritage of South-East Europe.

Contents
PREFACE
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
     Legal and administrative weaknesses
     Severe co‑ordination issues
     Awareness
     The case studies
     Other aspects
1. INTRODUCTION
2. CHALLENGES FACING CULTURAL HERITAGE
     Exploring and deepening the understanding of the values of heritage
     Financial resources
     More inclusive approaches
     Promoting access and participation in heritage and its management
     Enabling an integrated understanding of heritage
     Importance of professional and institutional development
     Previous research
3. METHODOLOGY
     Policy analyses
     Case studies
     Visitor and community surveys
4. CULTURAL HERITAGE IN PRACTICE
     4.1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
     4.2. Serbia
5. CONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED
     Policy issues
     The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage
     Lessons learned
REFERENCES
APPENDIX: THE LJUBLJANA PROCESS
     The Ljubljana Process I and II

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