RURITAGE publication links cultural and natural heritage with research and innovation


RURITAGE has published a new publication: “Policy Recommendations for the Integration of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CNH) within Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation”.

According to RURITAGE, it is all too often the case that CNH is left out of the picture when considering research and innovation. Therefore, the RURITAGE publication provides practical strategies to bridge the gap by bringing culture together with areas like smart specialisation, innovation, experimentation, entrepreneurship, business development and sustainable development. In other words, it outlines a broader perspective of what innovation and regeneration can mean for communities – especially rural ones.


European rural areas embody outstanding examples of CNH that need to not only to be safeguarded, but also promoted as drivers for competitiveness, sustainable and inclusive growth and development. RURITAGE establishes a new heritage-led rural regeneration paradigm able to turn rural areas into sustainable development demonstration laboratories through the enhancement of their unique CNH potential.

Download RURITAGE’s Policy Recommendations here. And learn more about RURITAGE here.

Source: press release by ICLEI and RURITAGE.

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