ForHeritage online capacity building workshop for integrated cultural heritage management

6 May 2022, Croatia

On 6 May 2022, an online workshop for Croatian experts in the field of heritage and public administration was held as part of the project ForHeritage: Excellence in heritage management in central Europe

The workshop was organized and conducted by the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) as one of the project partners in cooperation with the City of Rijeka, and the objectives of the workshop were to present new knowledge on heritage financing and integrated heritage management. 

The workshop presented different tools developed within the project, on the topics of participatory heritage management, innovative financial instruments, public-private cooperation, heritage impact assessment, heritage management training, and pilot project experiences. New financial instruments were presented in more detail, as heritage financing is always a topical issue. Also, the Rijeka Complex Benčić was presented as an innovative model of cultural heritage management, which includes 4 different institutions. 

The workshop was attended by 37 participants, representatives of local, regional and national authorities and institutions, private sector, associations, business support organizations and individuals. The need for integrated management was highlighted as well as for greater knowledge in the field of public-private and public-civil partnership. Also, challenges related to cultural tourism, legal obstacles to innovative management models were talked about and the need to reflect on the cultural heritage sector in terms of willingness to innovate and work on one's own knowledge capacity building. The evaluation of the workshop showed a high level of satisfaction of the participants, while a recommendation was put forward for more frequent organization of workshops and dissemination of knowledge based on the research results by the Institute for Development and International Relations.