The Interreg Europe project “CHERISH: Creating opportunities for regional growth through promoting Cultural HERitage of fISHing communities in Europe is honored to have a workshop included at this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC). The EWRC is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
During this week, the Interreg Europe Program CHERISH organizes a digital workshop under the title: Cultural heritage in coastal Europe”, taking place on the 13th of October. The workshop aims to share experiences and policy improvements developed or discovered within the Interreg Europe project CHERISH. CHERISH’s scope is to create opportunities for regional growth through the promotion of cultural heritage of fishing communities. The workshop highlights the positive impact of heritage protection and promotion in regional policy instruments and the positive change at local and regional level: heritage can be a lever for the sustainable development of coastal communities.
Moreover, the workshop includes an inspirational example of EU projects’ collaboration on the field of cultural heritage. In particular, a session is devoted to the cooperation built among the projects Interreg Europe CHERISH and HORIZON2020 project PERICLES on preserving the endangered lagoon fishing traditions and local knowledge in the Natura 2000 Nestos delta. The two projects combined their forces in showcasing the heritage value that the fishing communities bear as well as the local knowledge they transfer generation to generation. Researching on the four lagoon-fishing areas that are located on the Nestos river delta, they focus their interest in analyzing the communally-led way that the fishermen associations operate. This practice has its roots the Byzantine era. The fishermen share their jointly earned profits equally instead of competing for the catches. Nowadays the lagoon fishing tradition is becoming endangered. Many lagoons are now hired to private companies, and only two areas (Vistonis & Nestos lagoons) are still managed traditionally. The Nestos delta has a Natura 2000 and Ramsar designation, and it is included in the National Park of East Macedonia & Thrace underlying the importance that the lagoon environmentally friendly operation has for the area. The teams of both projects work closely to raise awareness about the significance of the intangible heritage involved in this traditional type of fishing as well as support the local fishing economy.
The workshop Cultural heritage in coastal Europe aims at increasing awareness of the importance of cultural heritage for fishing communities, efficiently sharing good practices and policy change derived from territorial cooperation and, also, at inspiring the participants to take action in the field. Join our works and follow the EWRC seminar simply by registering in the following link:
Io CHATZIVARYTI, Mayor’s Advisor in EU Projects and local coordinator for CHERISH project.