SPS team members (Kasia Piskorek, Ana Maria Fernandez Maldonado, Marcin Dąbrowski, with Wout van den Toorn Vrijthof and Vincent Nadin as external advisors) are involved in Interreg project WaVE – WAter-linked heritage Valorization by developing an Ecosystemic approach. The project runs from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jul 2022.

WaVE brings together 7 partners who have in common a rich history of cultural heritage that has been formed through an interaction with water. The project, funded by the Interreg Europe program with €1,516,007 under the theme ‘Environmental and resource efficiency’, is led by the city of Breda (Netherlands), the Italian Research Institute CertiMaC, as well as the Italian city of Ravenna and the Danish city of Aarhus, the Valencian Province of Alicante (Spain) and the Hungarian-Slovak region of Ister-Granum.  TU Delft is a knowledge partner, providing methodologies, guidance, feedback and coordination of knowledge exchange between the project partners. In particular, our focus in the project is above on advising the partners on stakeholder engagement and transfer of knowledge and good practice across the 5 cases.

WaVE is the project that seeks to utilise and revalue heritage on and around water. The partners thus not only want to preserve and further develop heritage and nature, but also expect side effects such as socio-economic growth and climate adaptation. The focus is on the improvement of regional and local policies to open up their possibilities for supporting the development of integrated adaptive reuses of water-linked cultural heritage sites in human settlements.

The WaVE’s goal is to improve the overall support by the addressed policy instruments for integrated valorisation approaches of cultural heritage, to sparkle ideas for the creation of new projects aiming at integrated valorisation of water-linked cultural heritage, and to raise awareness for the subject at other cities and regions in Europe.

Through a joint work of interregional knowledge sharing, learning, transmitting Good Practices and Engaging with local Stakeholders, we will define Action Plans to tackle the subject-matter.

3 fundamental stages will lead us to our goal: ANALYSISKNOWLEDGE SHARING and PLANNING .

Stage 1 focuses on assessing each region’s current status of water-linked cultural heritage valorisation based on a joint “Methodology for Regional Status-Quo and Good Practice identification”, prepared by TU Delft team.

Read the Regional Status-Quo Methodology

Stage 2 represents the “heart” of the project’s interregional learning process. All partners will be involved in a process of knowledge sharing, joint learning and exchange of good practices. Three day long Interregional Knowledge Exchange Sessions (IKES) will be organised in presence of stakeholders. The IKES meeting will consist of in-depth discussions using workshop method and visits to identified good practices-sites.

Read the IKES Methodology prepared by TU Delft team.

Stage 3 revolves around drafting Action Plans to tackle the subject-matter, in order to create structural changes within local and regional policies and work on new projects for the development of sites.

We will keep you updated about the project outputs and progress here, so watch this space. In the meantime, have a look at the project’s website, too.



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