One of the key objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 is to highlight and enhance the social value of cultural heritage for Europe, and its potential to increase trust, mutual recognition and inclusion.
Building on this expanded idea of cultural heritage, the joint project between the European Commission and the Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe, STEPS, aimed at building and strengthening community cohesion, promoting trust, dialogue and mutual understanding across diverse societies, through the participatory heritage-based action plans.
To mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the final conference of the project took place in Strasbourg, in the premises of the Council of Europe, on 13 November and was an occasion to discuss with the partners of both Lisbon and Rijeka about the methodology, the results and the challenged encountered.
It involved the university teams of the two cities that have been working on perception indicators on community cohesion and on monitoring how participatory processes on mapping cultural heritage are indeed affecting sense of belonging and cohesion.
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