Approach and Methodology

Stage 1

The project activities follow a carefully defined methodology. First, partners identify good practice and jointly define a methodology for developing policies. Examples of good practice will be collected, analysed and highlighted by partners. Stakeholders in rural development will be invited to participate in these discussions. Study visits, peer reviews and state of art good practice will be important instruments in this first phase.

Stage 2

In the second stage, the viability of implementing those policies will be tested through six pilot actions in the partner regions. In parallel, the project partners will pool resources and knowledge to jointly develop new policy instruments building on identified good practice.

Stage 3

The final stage is dedicated to the development of an implementation plan for each participating region and to the training of partners to ensure these plans are successfully carried out after the end of the project. The plans serve as ready-to-implement strategies for improving the efficiency and sustainability of rural cultural heritage management across Europe.


To create added value at the European level, HISTCAPE partners will present the results of their cooperation in a sustainable management guide on the preservation of rural heritage values. This will include policy recommendations, examples of best practice and general guidelines for successful implementation.

Through regional co-operation the HISTCAPE project will fill a strategic policy gap improving the effectiveness of regional policies relating to cultural heritage in Europe’s smaller settlements whose viability is now seriously under threat.

It will identify good practice in sustainable management and ensure transfer into regional action plans that are capable of accessing the structural funds – providing a catalyst for further public and private sector investment alongside the empowerment of local communities.