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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 natural and cultural heritage as an engine of regeneration.

Innovation areas

RURITAGE has initiated six Systemic Innovation Areas (SIAs), as framworks 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

Local food
Art & Festival

Explore all Rural
Heritage Hubs

You find our RURITAGE Rural Heritage Hubs 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 Rural Heritage Hub 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. To explore our Hubs with the help of below map. To learn more about Role Model and Replicators in general, please go under The Rural Heritage Hub folder on the top of the page.

News & events

Additional Replicators – establishing action plans together with RURITAGE community

In February 2019, RURITAGE launched an open call for additional territories to join our community and develop their own heritage-led strategies within the project's framework. We received [...]

RURITAGE workshops for Latin America and the Caribbean UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks.

A great deal of Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries face challenges similar to those that the RURITAGE community has been addressing. With that in mind, our [...]

Heritage-based regeneration at regional level: learning from practice

Kuopio, Finland on 10th-12th of May 2022 During the second week of May 2022, the 3-day Summer School “Heritage-based regeneration at regional level: learning from practice” was [...]

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