The Comuniterrae project wins the EUROPEAN HERITAGE AWARD/Europa Nostra AWARD 2019

(Vogogna, 21 Mag 19) The "Comuniterrae. Mappe di Comunità Culturali di Paesaggi Alpini nel Parco Nazionale della Val Grande" (Comuniterrae. Maps of Cultural Communities of Alpine Landscapes in the Val Grande National Park) project is among the four Italian winners of the EUROPEAN HERITAGE AWARD / Europa Nostra AWARD 2019 in the "Education, Training and Awareness" category.

The European Commission and Europa Nostra, the main European network for cultural heritage, have announced the winners of the most prestigious recognition at European level, the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2019.

The 27 winners, from 16 countries, have been selected for their excellent results in the fields of conservation, research, dedication (exemplary contributions), education, training and awareness.

For Italy, among the winners of the year 2019 in the "Education, Training and Awareness" category, there is also the project Comuniterrae. Mappe di Comunità Culturali di Paesaggi Alpini nel Parco Nazionale della Val Grande with "Il restauro della Cappella della Sindone" (The restoration of the Holy Shroud Chapel), "Solak 1: un modello di archeologia predittiva" (Solak 1: a model of predictive archaeology) and "Le Dimore del Quartetto a Milano".

"Great satisfaction for the recognition of the Comuniterrae project. The great soul of our communities is coming out. Our task is to give strength and breath to this great work that is currently taking place". This is the first statement of Massimo Bocci, President of the Val Grande National Park, a body that with ARS.UNI VCO has conceived and implemented the project as part of the CETS Action Plan.

Four independent juries made up of heritage experts from all over Europe examined a total of 149 applications, presented by organizations and individuals from 34 different European countries, and then selected the best.

As it concerns the Comuniterrae project, the jury praised the level of cooperation and the vision of the communities for the future: "The project promotes innovative methods to ensure sustainable features in the interested area, through the use of simple but effective tools so as to create valid attractions and to clearly communicate the project benefits both to the local and to a wider public. It also creates added value by encouraging cooperation between communities, fostering local strategies, improving the cultural offer and increasing public participation. This project aims at a creating a new definition of landscape, including the active presence of the community. It has a programme with a collaborative digital impact and it sensitizes the community in depopulated areas about the importance of regeneration, fostering their local identity".

The winners will be celebrated during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on the evening of October 29th in Paris.

ARS.UNI.VCO and the Val Grande National Park, in agreement with the project's sponsors, will also organize an award ceremony at local level, with the presence of Europa Nostra and the European Commission.

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