Connecting people with cultural and natural heritage in Bulgaria, and lessons for Scotland
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Connecting people with cultural and natural heritage in Bulgaria, and lessons for Scotland

The Association was set up after our host Velis and her co-worker Iva were touring the villages of the Plateau more than a decade ago and looking into ways they could help the region develop for the benefit of the residents. They discovered people in neighbouring villages with similar interests but no communication between them, a lack of accommodation for visitors, and rich cultural and natural heritage – worth sharing – that had been ignored, mistreated or neglected. Relying on the memories and experiences of local people, they found and cleared up some of these sites, installing interpretation and path networks, and advertised them in tourist guides. Visitor numbers went from 15,000 per year to more than 250,000 in only a few years

Study Visit to Bulgaria & the Devetaki Plateau
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Study Visit to Bulgaria & the Devetaki Plateau

Infrastructure improvements are generally costly, but DTA has made significant inroads into connecting the villages to twenty-first century Bulgaria and the rest of the world by the installation of publicly available internet facilities in each of the community centres. Residents, with suitable training, are thus able to read news, contact relatives, order goods and otherwise develop and maintain contacts with other parts of Bulgaria and the wider world. DTA has also initiated language classes, a project which has many potential benefits in the wider tourism strategy for the area.

The STEM Programme: traditional skills & sustainable materials
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The STEM Programme: traditional skills & sustainable materials

The STEM Programme (Traditional Skills & Sustainable Materials) The overall aim of STEM is to improve the knowledge, experience and engagement of Scottish professionals, to ensure that traditional skills and sustainable materials continue to survive as a dynamic part of our common European heritage and provide employment, training and enjoyment for all. Traditional skills and […]

The NET Programme: managing our natural & cultural heritage assets
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The NET Programme: managing our natural & cultural heritage assets

The NET Programme (Managing Our Natural & Cultural Heritage Assets) NET aims to train, inspire and connect Scottish professionals in order to tackle complex issues of nature conservation and culture heritage management. The NET programme has been running for 6 years and each year we send over 100 Scottish heritage professionals to our training host […]

CYPRUS: Village Voices, Sustainability & Identity in Rural Cyprus
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CYPRUS: Village Voices, Sustainability & Identity in Rural Cyprus

Host: Martin Clark & Panayiota Demetriou (Kato Drys Community Council) Course Dates: 2- 9 March 2020 Application Deadline: 31 January 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 14 February 2020 Aims & Themes: exploring sustainability in rural communities through the 4 pillars of sustainability (environmental, social, economic & cultural); local livelihoods, traditional skills, rural development, community heritage and cultural […]

SPAIN: Sustainable Farming & Agroforestry in the Dehesas of Andalucia
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SPAIN: Sustainable Farming & Agroforestry in the Dehesas of Andalucia

Host: Ernestine Lüdeke (Fundación Monte Mediterráneo/ Dehesa San Francisco) Course Dates: 20 to 27 April 2020 Application Deadline: 7  February 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 26 March 2020 Aims & Themes: demonstrating organic agriculture & agroforestry in action on marginal land; cooperatives and rural economic diversity; conservation of habitats, species and soils Draft Itinerary:  Date Activity […]

SLOVAKIA: Exploring Community Heritage in Southern Slovakia, Lišov Museum
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SLOVAKIA: Exploring Community Heritage in Southern Slovakia, Lišov Museum

Hosts: Adriana Patkova & Jakub Dvorsky (Lišov Museum) Course Dates: 30 April to 7 May 2020 Application Deadline: 2 March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 1 April 2020 Aims & Themes: exploring the potential for rural museums to increase community engagement in heritage and diversify incomes; understanding Lišov cultural heritage as part of wider Slovak & […]

BULGARIA: Community Engagement & Rural Development in the Devetaki Plateau
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BULGARIA: Community Engagement & Rural Development in the Devetaki Plateau

Host: Velis Chilingirova & Iva Taralezhkova (Devetaki Plateau Association) Course Dates: 17 – 24 May 2020 Application Deadline: 2 March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 24 April 2020 Aims & Themes: exploring community engagement & rural development in an area rich in natural and cultural heritage but experiencing rural depopulation; developing and delivering community action plans.  […]

NORWAY: Evenstad Hunting, Predators & Cross-border Conservation
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NORWAY: Evenstad Hunting, Predators & Cross-border Conservation

Please send an email (libby@archnetwork.org or seona@archnetwork.org) to express an interest in this course. We will contact you when we have the dates and you can complete the application form at that point. Hosts: Inland Norway University, Evenstad Campus Course Dates: May/June 2020 TBC Application Deadline: TBC Preparation Meeting Date: TBC  Aims & Themes: hunting, […]

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