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 […]

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

*Application Deadline – currently 3 to 4 spaces available 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 […]

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

*Applications – currently 3 to 4 available spaces 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 […]

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

course oversubscribed Hosts: Inland Norway University, Evenstad Campus Course Dates: 19 – 26th May 2020 Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 1st May 2020 Aims & Themes: hunting, land rights and conservation; predator management and conflicts; cross-border management and monitoring Draft Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival to Evenstad, group meeting & expectation setting Day […]

ICELAND: turf building, cultural context & practical skills training
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ICELAND: turf building, cultural context & practical skills training

Course full – please see the application update tab for courses with spaces remaining Host: Byggðasafn Skagfirðinga Course Dates: 31 May to 7 June 2020 Application Deadline: course full Preparation Meeting Date: 15 May 2020 Aims & Themes: cultural heritage and archaeological context of turf buildings in Iceland; Turf building and restoration skills. Draft Itinerary: […]

POLAND: coastal zone management from pure engineering to pure nature
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POLAND: coastal zone management from pure engineering to pure nature

course oversubscribed Host: Kazimierz Rabski (Society for the Coast EUCC) Course Dates: 31 May to 7 June 2020 Application Deadline: 2nd March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 14 May 2020 Aims & Themes: coastal zone management including planning, erosion and accumulation; managing coastal protected areas and Natura 2000 sites; tourism versus nature on the coast. 1. Responsibilities […]

SLOVENIA: Sustainable farming & food in biodiversity rich regions
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SLOVENIA: Sustainable farming & food in biodiversity rich regions

Sustainable Farming & Food in Biodiversity & Protected Areas through Different Educational Approaches course oversubscribed Host: Bojan Žnidaršič (VITRA Centre for Sustainable Development) Course Dates: 2-9 July 2002 Application Deadline: 2 March 2020 Preparation Meeting Date: 19 June 2020 Aims & Themes: learning about good practice in sustainable farming & food; biodiversity management & circular […]

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