Patrimoine culturel & naturel


Balkan Architectural Heritage Campus

Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets, Sensibilisation et formation des jeunes

This project on Balkan Architecture aimed at:

• Awarning European citizens on the European value of this architectural heritage and improve their knowledge.
• Contributing to the recognition of a common cultural heritage, beyond the borders, and to the feeling of the European identity.

This project took place during 2002-2003 and was initiated and leaded by APARE-Association pour la Participation et l’Action Regionale. It was supported by the European Commission, Program CULTURE 2000.

The Mediterranean Center of Environment organised a moving workshop for young European students in architecture, history, fine arts, photo and video art. During more than three weeks, participants from six different eastern and western European countries, travelled all over the Balkans to witness and highlight the richness and the diversity of the architectural heritage of the Region.

The MCE also contributed to the edition of a book, ARCHITECTURE IN THE BALKANS: VARIED PERSPECTIVES. The book presents the impressions and discoveries of the young artists and architects through photos, paintings and sketches.
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The partnership gathers NGOs and Universities from France, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey:
APARE_Logo APARE, France – project leader

BAAT, National Association for the Cultural Tourism, Bulgaria

  • Traditional Balkan Architecture Institute, in local partnership with Veria Municipality
  • University Professional Institute of Avignon, France
  • University of Bilgi, Turkey

European Carrefour for Dry Stone

Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Amorgos fountaine from Remee projectThis 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 European Carrefour develops a range of tools all related to 4 main objectives:

  • the recognition and maintenance of a European profession and traditional practical knowledge
  • the development and improvement of initial and further education training
  • the promotion of dry stone construction
  • the preservation of the dry stone heritage through pilot actions in the restoration of dry stone constructions: these real and demonstrative actions aim to both preserve examples of this heritage under threat and train professionals in traditional techniques as well as validating a set of technical specifications for three types of construction in dry stone (wall, track and rural building).

The results of the project

  • an inventory of professionals (companies and individual dykers) in the regions concerned by the project
  • a European Charter for dry stone dykers
  • a Frame of reference for initial training in the profession of dry stone walling
  • a research protocol for the drawing up of techical standards (norms) for constructions in dry stone which are transferable to different European countries
  • awarness raising through an Opens exhibition.
  • training of young people and volunteers in the 5 participating countries through : 1 youth work camp ; 5 weekends work camps and an event during the annual Granite Festival in Scotland (UK)
  • the restoration of 3 constructions representative of rural dry stone buildings in France, Spain, and Greece

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

Eurotour Heritage

Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

EUROTOUR HERITAGE seeks to promote rural heritage through local cultural tourism strategies. The objective of the project was to develop a participatory method to involve local people in the development of local cultural tourism strategies. The Participative Heritage Workshops (PHW) were created to gather regional stakeholders, people from different socio-professional backgrounds and civil society representatives jointly establish a heritage development strategy.

The Mediterranean Centre of Environment was responsible for the elaboration of the Methodological guide and the definition of the Quality standards in cooperation with the partners of the project.

The results of the project

  • A network based on the exchange of experience and mobility of rural heritage development experts and practitioners as well as cultural tourism professionals in Europe.
  • A methodological framework and a European quality standard for the development and promotion of a cultural tourism offer founded on the sustainable development of rural heritage.
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Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel

The EcoChestnut project is a European project on organic production and marketing of chestnuts. The EU chestnuts market has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for organic chestnut products for the last 10 years. This demand is unsatisfied in volume, so it has to rely on non-EU imports to be satisfied. The maintenance of the European chestnut grove goes through the continuous development of quality channels, valuing know-how & local products, combining agriculture, transformation & heritage discovery. The organic sector is at the very heart of this economic system. For the European chestnut producers, the knowledge & competences they must acquire & master, are quite multi-folded.

EcoChestnut aims at fostering professional knowledge and competences of the European chestnuts producers on organic chestnuts production through an e-learning platform that comprises in one place, online, free learning resources focused on technical aspects, as well as marketing and diversification of the activity. It tackles all steps for “conversion” to organic chestnut growing, marketing strategy, communication with customers, etc.

The project also targets awareness raising on the chestnuts & chestnut groves as part of the cultural, historical and landscape heritage of our countries.

EcoChestnut is developed by 7 partners from France, Greece, Spain, Portugal & Bulgaria. The Mediterranean Center of Environment is working in Greece in association with the Meloivia Agricultural Cooperative of Fruits and Chestnuts Producers ATHANATI.


Together with the MCE, partners of EcoChestnut

Petra Patrimonia CorsicaFrance

Universidad de Vigo Spain

Polytechnic Institute of BragançaPortugal

DAKOM- Bulgaria










Harbor Heritage Story Telling

Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

European port cities, rich in tangible and intangible heritage, are rarely considered as tourist destinations and are often neglected by travel agents, tourism professionals and visitors themselves. 

The project Harbor Heritage Story Telling aims at:  

        • Identifying and enhancing the hidden heritage of harbor, with and for the local residents and professionals
        • Creating local networks of professional and volunteers who contribute to the port activity and will become ambassadors of Harbor Heritage
        • Strengthening their social and heritage skills to develop and manage multi-thematic discovery paths, offering these cities a more attractive character

The HHST project proposes to respond to issues raised by developing:

  • A participatory method for the appropriation and tourism development of the still “hidden” heritage,
  • An online training tool to strengthen heritage knowledge, capacity to develop and guide new discovery paths, and other competences applied to port heritage,
  • The creation of four pilot cultural tourism paths aimed at discovering port heritage in the partner cities.

“Heritage Harbor Story Telling -HHST” project mobilizes 6 European partners – tourism organizations, cultural associations, educational organizations – in 4 European cities: Bastia (Corsica-FR), Piraeus (Attic-GR), Split (Dalmatia-HR) and Catania (Sicilia-IT).

The work of all partners will be integrated into a common digital tool that can be disseminated beyond the project, in all European harbor cities.

Τοgether with MCE in this project…

Tourism office of Bastia –France
Petra Patrimonia -France
IMTIIE -Greece




Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Preserving natural resources but also becoming more competitive is a way towards eco-citizenship, the project ECHO-Tourism aims at providing local stakeholders, specialized in rural tourism – mainly small and familial enterprises and those contributing to the attraction of the area  – with a set of various tools, already tested and validated in some specific region.

Owners of hotels, restaurants, outdoor activities, local shops or craft work, will be able to develop new competencies and basic skills to reduce their footprint. 

By creating new training material and methods and organizing training workshops, based on a methodology developed in France, ECHO-Tourism project aims at integrating stakeholders into the process of low-cost changes and adaptation.

Available through the internet, this material is accompanied by a collaborative online place, a MOOC (online education) and an online performance support -Platform ECHO-tourism.

The Mediterranean Center of Environment is working in Greece in association with OLKIS (Professional Network in the tourism sector – region of Olympus-Kissavo).

The second training of ECHO-Tourism project took place from the 7th to the 9th of April, last week. This training followed a first one that happened in September 2020 and that was about testing and improving the tools.

It has been a success in terms of participation, as almost 50 people (including the members of the consortium) took part at the whole training, or just to some sessions of it. These participants were tourism professionals coming from the four territories involved in ECHO.


Together with MCE in this project:

Les 7 VentsFrance









Postman’s Road

Patrimoine culturel & naturel

The Postman’s Road project aims to highlight the cultural environment of the area Sfakia in Crete, through the promotion of the old path of the rural postman.

Objectives of the project

  • Promotion of natural and cultural environment
  • Awareness of history through personal / family mail
  • Awareness of cultural heritage

To achieve the above objectives, a series of actions are followed in the following fields:

  • Information / Promotion: events, documentaries, website, attendance at international tourism fairs and international conferences
  • Awareness: experiential actions for local residents and children
  • Preservation: mapping, chronicle of cultural heritage, interviews with residents
  • Education: material and environmental program for schools of the region, material for the tourist guides


The project is funded by the “Innovative Actions with Citizens” program of the “Natural Environment & Innovative Actions, 2018”, financial program of the Green Fund. 

Together with MCE in this project, the Management Body of the National Park of Samaria as well as the Heritage Management Organization

With the support of: Municipality of Sfakia, KPE Vamos, Directorate of Primary Education of Chania, Forest Department of Chania.




European Wetlands Ambassadors-AMHE

Développement durable, Eco-citoyenneté, Nouvelles, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

The Erasmus + project “AMHE-European Wetlands Ambassadors” is part of a social action to address long-term unemployment funded by the European Social Fund.


AMHE project aims to develop and improve participants skills but also their professional recognition and reintegration in the maintenance/care of rivers and wetlands.

The project  undertakes two european challenges:

  • To provide better quality training and sustainable career prospects to people who are out of the labor market and will join it through economic activities
  • To meet the needs of the protection and development of European natural wetlands and rivers, a goal supported by the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive, which imposes on European communities and countries-members , conservation, anti-pollution, surveillance tasks, natural hazards and general information to public.

Expected results:

  • Establishing a new profession, the “Wetlands Ambassador”
  • Develop and test of training content
  • Skills assessment / certification process
  • Resource center and e-learning tools

MCE provides technical support to the Municipality of Alimos the Greek partner of this project together with:



Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Un projet pour le développement professionnel continu d’interprètes du patrimoine pour l’inclusion sociale et la cohésion européenne ou Comment l’interprétation du patrimoine peut-il renforcer les valeurs fondamentales et l’identité européennes ?


Développement durable, Patrimoine culturel & naturel, Projets

Il existe en France un processus efficace dans lequel les citoyens s’entraident pour rénover leur maison, sous la supervision de professionnels et suivant les techniques traditionnelles: les chantiers solidaires de l’association Enerterre! Avec HELPS, le CME tente de transférer ce processus en Grèce.