Round Table Management of Heritage in Coastal Landscapes

Linde Egberts

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage CLUE+, Project Manager HERICOAST:

Europe’s maritime and fluvial regions exist in great diversity, yet show parallels in spatial and political challenges. The cultural heritage of these regions form an essential part of coastal landscape. This heritage is considered vulnerable for exposed to spatial changes in transport, industrialisation of fisheries and use of coastal zones for tourism. The HERICOAST Interreg Europe project aims to improve regional policies for heritage management and finding a better balance between exploitation and preservation measures when redeveloping coastal landscapes by facilitating policy learning and supporting exchange of experience.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s interdisciplinary Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage CLUE+ is an advisory partner in this project and researches how heritage and tourism are related in coastal regions in Europe, continuing its role of bridge builder between academic and non-academic partners in the field of heritage. One of our tasks is to develop a conceptual and methodological framework for the exchange of knowledge for the regional partners, who are very different, but share many characteristics as well.

Pori, Finland, is an ideal location and HTHIC2017 with its focus on heritage preservation, (re)presentation and development of spatial heritage an ideal event to work on the HERICOAST project. My colleague Mara de Groot, managing director of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, will present the ‘framework of understanding’ and toolbox we are developing for the purpose of enhancing knowledge exchange between regional policy makers and stakeholders on the management of cultural hertage in coastal landscapes. We look forward to structured discussions with practitioners and academics that will enrich our work.