This project aims at the creation of a new European dynamic for the restoration and preservation of an important element of European cultural heritage which is under threat: rural dry stone heritage.
Why this project ? Constructions in dry stone are present throughout Europe in a wide variety of forms according to their local specificities. Although these structures are a traditional feature of the environment in many regions across Europe, they constitute a know-how that is both ancient and complex but which is today in danger of disappearing altogether. However, this heritage should be considered in a modern context and not just because it is still present in our landscapes and culture but also because it can satisfy demands that we make for sustainable development (constructions adapted to the environment and economy alike, non-polluting materials).
The project European Carrefour for Dry Stone covered the period from April 2003 to April 2004. It was initiate and coordinate by the Centre Mediterranee de l'Environnement (France) and has been supported by the European Program CULTURE 2000.
The Meditteranean Center of Environment was one of the 6 partners from 5 European countries of the project together with:
- Centre Méditerranéen de l’Environnement, France - Project leader
- FODESMA : Public organisation supported by the Island Council of Mallorca, Spain
- Association for the Protection of the Environment, Island of Tinos, Greece
- Solway Heritage, Scotland UK
- Ecognosia, Nicosia, Cyprus
The European Carrefour develops a range of tools all related to 4 main objectives:
The results of the project
More information on the Web site of the project
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.