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Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in European coastal and maritime regions

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EU contribution: € 2.498.998,75

About the Project:

PERICLES promotes sustainable, participatory governance of cultural heritage in European coastal and maritime regions. Its aim is to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive framework for understanding, preserving and utilizing maritime cultural heritage. 

PERICLES enables geographically balanced, interdisciplinary, mixed-method data gathering across key European maritime and coastal regions in six regional seas (Atlantic Ocean and Aegean, Baltic, Irish, Mediterranean, and Wadden Seas), which provides in-depth knowledge on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of European coastal and maritime regions.

PERICLES addresses the following objectives:

  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the cultural heritage of marine and coastal land/seascapes, including knowledge across local, spatial, environmental, social and economic aspects.  
  2. Develop practical tools (based on the stakeholder involvement and participatory governance) for mapping, assessing and mitigating risks to CH, as well as to enhance sustainable growth and increase employment by harnessing CH assets.
  3. Provide policy advice for improving integration of CH in key marine and environmental policies and implementation of associated EU directives.
  4. Develop effective knowledge exchange networks.

Project Partners

  • Aalborg University (DK) Coordinator;
  • Wageningen University (NL);
  • University Of The Highlands And Islands (UK);
  • The Queen's University Of Belfast (UK);
  • University of Aveiro (PT);
  • University of York (UK);
  • Universite De Bretagne Occidentale (FR);
  • The Scottish Association For Marine Science (UK);
  • National Heritage Board of Estonia (EE);
  • Syndacat Mixte De Gestion Du Parc Naturel Regional Du Golfe Du Morbihan (FR);
  • Hellenic Fisheries Research Institute (EL).