Heritage for Rural Regeneration

All over the world, rural areas tell us the story of a thousand of years long collaboration between nature and human society. These places embody unique examples of cultural and natural heritage, which not only needs to be safeguarded but also recognized as communities of sustainable development. The RURITAGE project turns rural areas into laboratories to demonstrate natural and cultural heritage as an engine for regeneration.


Rural areas all over the world are facing chronic economic, social and environmental problems. This is resulting in unemployment, disengagement, depopulation, marginalisation or loss of cultural, biological and landscape diversity. There are numerous examples of good practices showing how Cultural and Natural Heritage can function as an engine for development. The RURITAGE project suggests that the challenges of rural areas can be overturned by utilizing heritage potential.

RURITAGE is a four-year-long EU-funded research project, initiated June 2018, which strives to enable rural regeneration through heritage. The project aims to sustainably enhance local heritage for regional and community development. The intention is to regenerate rural areas with the help of the Systemic Innovation Areas (SIA) framework which identifies unique heritage potential within rural communities. The recognised SIAs are Pilgrimage, Resilience, Sustainable Local Food Production, Integrated Landscape Management, Migration and Art and Festivals.


Throughout the RURITAGE project, thirteen rural areas have been selected as Role Models. The Role Models are recognised as prosperous cases that have regenerated with the help of cultural and natural heritage. The Role Models have been selected in reference to the six different Systemic Innovation Areas. Prosperous practices of the Role Models are analysed and furthermore transferred to six selected Replicators. There is one Replicator per SIA. 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.

Each Role Model and Replicator has established a so-called Rural Heritage Hub. The hub is constituted by a community of local stakeholders as well as a physical meeting place where co-creation activities take place. The knowledge and skills coming from Role Models’ experience are transferred to Replicators through a participatory planning process that allows to tailor and adapt the Role Models’ strategies to specific needs and challenges faced by Replicators. It is thereby a living lab where local stakeholders and inhabitants cooperate for developing new heritage-led regeneration strategies for their territory.



  • January 17, 2020

    Learning visit hosted by RM Piam for R Geo-Naturpark

    Learning Visit
    One of #Ruritage core objective is to transfer knowledge and skills coming...
  • December 14, 2019

    Hub Launch at Take Art

    South Somerset, United Kingdom
    Take Art’s #ruritage Hub was launched in South Somerset in the...
  • December 4, 2019

    Launch event of the Hub at Magma Geopark

    Magma Geopark, Norway
     Magma Unesco Global Geopark launched their Rural Heritage Hub!
  • November 21, 2019

    Replicator Forum in Bologna

    Bologna, Italy
    Replicator Forum in The University of Bologna
  • November 14, 2019

    Mentoring Visit by Fundacíon Santa María la Real

    Geopark Karawanken/Karavanke, Slovenia/Austria
    Did you know that Pilgrimage is one of the oldest...
  • November 8, 2019

    Learning visit hosted by RM Dare Apulia for R Magma

    Learning Visit
    Replicator Magma Unesco Global Geopark had the opportunity to get to know...
  • November 5, 2019

    Mentoring Visit by RMs Katla Geopark and Psiloritis Geopark

    Appignano del Tronto, Italy
    Resilience Replicator Ruritage – Appignano del Tronto hosted a mentoring visit from...
  • October 30, 2019

    Social Event offered by the community of Appignano del Tronto

    Appignano del Tronto, Italy
    The #socialevent offered by the community of Appignano del Tronto to our...
  • October 28, 2019

    Steering Committee meeting, Launch Workshop and Replicators Forum

    Appignano del Tronto, Italy
    Steering Committee, Replicators forum and Systematic Innovation Board Appignano del...
  • October 19, 2019

    Participatory Workshop

    Bergstraße-Odenwald, Germany
    Our Migration Replicator Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald held a participatory workshop in which was...
  • October 17, 2019

    Learning visit hosted by RM Wild Atlantic Way for R Magma

    Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
    Our partners from WestBIC hosted a group from Magma Unesco Global Geopark (Norway) and...
  • October 14, 2019

    Learning visit hosted by RM Via Mariae for R Karawanken-Karavanke

    Via Mariae, Romania
    Pilgrimage Replicator Unesco Global Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke went to Romania for a...
  • October 10, 2019

    Learning visit hosted by RM Colomobian Coffee makers for RM DARE Apulia

    Federación Colombiana de Municipios Vazapp Distretto Agroalimentare Regionale
    A visit by the Italian DARE place in Role Model...
  • September 27, 2019

    Business Model Workshop for the Festival of Love

    Negova Castle, Slovenia
    Slovenian Art&Festival Replicator organized a Business Model workshop for partners...
  • May 27, 2019

    RURITAGE development workshop in Crete

    A successful day of the RURITAGE development workshop at the...
  • May 16, 2019

    Launch event of the Hub

    DueroDouro, Spain
    A nice group photo of those who joined the DueroDouro...
  • April 15, 2019

    Launch event of the Hub in Appignano del Tronto

    Appignano del Tronto, Italy
    A lot of people were the Appignano del Tronto #RURITAGE Hub...
  • March 20, 2019

    Training Workshop and Steerling Commitee

    Valladolid, Spain
    Steerling Commitee and Trainign Workshop
  • March 18, 2019

    Development Workshop and Steering Committee meeting

    Heraklion, Grece
    Steering Committee, Replicators forum and Systematic Innovation Board Lead by@Alma...
  • March 12, 2019

    Launch event of the Negova Castle Hub

    Festival of Love, Slovenia
    The Replicator in Slovenia KID KIBLA and Zavod Kultprotur officially launched their...
  • November 15, 2018

    Steering committee meeting

    Galway, Ireland
    General Assembly
  • 06/05/2018

    Kick-off meeting

    Bologna, Italy
    General Assembly in Bologna