The concept of ‘resilience’ refers to human ability to cope with and recover from external shocks and stresses, thus re-establishing normal life in a certain amount of time.
Climate change and disasters, economic and financial crisis and social threats are current risks likely affecting rural communities. By enhancing the role of cultural and natural heritage, local communities can be more resilient. Simultaneously, this enables risk-informed economic development securing job creation and better access to health and education. Eventually, resilience contributes to foster the responsible ownership of cultural and natural heritage in rural areas.