Looking across the world, rural communities tell us the story of a thousand of years long collaboration between nature and human society. In a time of constant new challenges, rural communities must grapple matters beyond protection, but grasp the opportunities – and understand the potential – springing from their diverse and dynamic heritage. RURITAGE turns rural areas into laboratories to demonstrate Cultural and Natural Heritage as an engine of regeneration.

Systemic
Innovation areas

RURITAGE has initiated six Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs), as frameworks to identify unique heritage potential within rural communities: Pilgrimage, Resilience, Sustainable Local Food Production, Integrated Landscape Management, Migration and Art and Festivals. Click on the relevant icon to explore the concept related to each SIA.

Pilgrimage
Local food
Migration
Art & Festival
Resilience
Landscape

Explore all Rural
Heritage Hubs

You find our RURITAGE Rural Heritage Hubs (RHH) in various corners of the world. The Rural Heritage Hubs are local communities that have joined RURITAGE as either Role Model or Replicating areas. The Role Models are territories recognised as prosperous cases that have regenerated with the help of cultural and natural heritage. Prosperous practices of the Role Models are analysed and furthermore transferred to six selected Replicators. These Replicators represent local communities within rural territories that are in the process of building their own heritage-led regeneration strategies, although in need of support to improve their skills, knowledge and capacity building.

 

Every RHH is a community of local stakeholders as well as a physical meeting place where co-creation activities take place. It is therefore a living lab where local stakeholders and inhabitants cooperate for developing new heritage-led regeneration strategies for their territory. By using the map below, you can easily explore all our hubs. To learn more about Role Model and Replicators in general, please go under The RHH folder on the top of the page.

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News & events

Bird watching in Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark 17th & 18th October 2020

The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest and the Kalloni Environmental Information Center in collaboration with the Hellenic Ornithological Society are organizing guided bird watching […]

Systemic Innovation Areas Webinar Series “Cultural and Natural Heritage as a Tool for Rural Regeneration and Social Inclusion of Migrants”

After a series of webinars introducing RURITAGE’s paradigm (recordings here) this autumn we launched a series of public webinars on RURITAGE Systemic Innovation Areas. The first theme was Resilience. […]

35th Breakfast@Sustainability’s Cultural and Natural Heritage for regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3)

17 November 2020, 09:30 – 12:00 (CET) What is Smart Specialisation and how does it contribute to regional development in Europe? What is the status of Research […]

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