European quality principles for EU-funded interventions with potential impact upon cultural heritage

(2019) European quality principles for EU-funded interventions with potential impact upon cultural heritage. Manual. ICOMOS International, Paris, 66p. ISBN 978-2-918086-25-3. [Book]

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This document stems from the work of an expert group assembled by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), under the mandate of the European Commission and in the framework of the flagship EU Initiative of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, “Cherishing heritage: developing quality standards for EU-funded projects that have the potential to impact on cultural heritage”. The main objective of the document is to provide guidance on quality principles for all stakeholders directly or indirectly engaged in EU-funded heritage conservation and management (i.e. European institutions, managing authorities2, international organisations, civil society and local communities, private sector, and experts). The document focuses on the core issue of quality in EU-funded interventions that could impact on cultural heritage (mainly built heritage and cultural landscapes), providing a summary of key concepts, international charters, European and international conventions, and standards and changes in understanding and practice of heritage conservation. Environmental, cultural, social and economic benefits resulting from the application of appropriate conservation measures are outlined. Given that the recognition of cultural heritage as a common good is a precondition of quality, the adoption of quality measures is proposed by raising awareness and strengthening the implementation of conservation principles and standards at every stage of a project, from conception to completion. The document recognises the need to develop capacity throughout the wide range of stakeholders involved. Principal areas are noted, related to programming, design, implementation, governance, risk assessment, research, education and training. Key research outcomes and specific recommendations are presented with each topic. A set of selection criteria is proposed at the end of the document, as a tool for decision makers to assess the quality of projects with potential impact on cultural heritage.

Item Type: Book (Manual)
Corporate Authors: International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
Languages: English
Keywords: Conservation of cultural heritage; Europe; European Union; Principles; Standards; Built heritage; Cultural landscapes; Public awareness; Development projects; Impact assessment; Prevention of risk
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 14. Theory of town planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 13. Theory of cultural landscapes
National Committee: ICOMOS
Number of Pages: 66
ISBN: 978-2-918086-25-3
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 14:37
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 17:20

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