Revaluation of Littoral Heritage

Ronan Le Baccon

Director of Tourism, Heritage and Waterways for the Regional Council of Brittany, France:

Brittany has a 2700 km coastline. In this French peninsula one is never more than 60 km away from the sea, beaches and ports, and each family is connected to its maritime identity and culture.

Until recently local authorities didn’t consider littoral heritage as valuable heritage. at least not of the same value as churches and castles. 21st century challenges, however, force the region to work on sustainable economic and tourism development and to include Brittany’s maritime cultural heritage in its strategy and planning.

Since 2014 the Regional Council of Brittany (Conseil regional de Bretagne) has been campaigning to create awareness of the value of, for example, the traditional fishing fleet, fostering knowledge gathering and valorization of underwater archeology, providing financial incentives to preserve and revitalize littoral heritage, such as lighthouses.

I look forward to sharing with you in more detail this approach of sustainable development and stakeholder engagement, its achievements and fragility.