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Sustainable Historic Towns - Urban Heritage as an Asset of Development (SuHiTo project)

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The SuHiTo project promotes improved ways of cross-sector co-operation in urban heritage management, and strengthens research on urban heritage analyses, sustainable value assessments and decision-aid in the Baltic Sea Region.
Sustainability as part of town planning is today integrated in the national legislation in a number of countries in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The importance of preserving the regional and local identities embodied in the built heritage are strongly emphasized. The policy of urban heritage management focuses on good maintenance and development of urban heritage areas.

Objectives of the Good Practice

The project aimed at developing innovative ways for better management of urban historic areas. The activities focused on improving management tools, enhancing cross-sector operation and local involvement. The project stimulated research dealing with analyses of urban heritage management processes and practices. The pilot studies intensified integrated urban heritage management by developing and testing methods of heritage analyses, building code and inventories. Roros and Mosjoen in Norway, Ystad in Sweden and Forssa in Finland were appointed as pilot towns.

Project start date: 01/01/2003
Planned end date: 31/12/2005

Participants of the Good Practice

The activities of the project co-operation include seminars, workshops and conferences as well as inventory work in pilot towns in Finland, Norway and Sweden. National and transnational workshops with heritage authorities, researchers and planners present ongoing research activities on sustainable heritage management concepts. Two BSR Heritage Forums for professionals, consultants and local politicians promote integrated urban heritage management.

Target group of the Good Practice

The local outcomes are, besides local operative plans and building instructions, improved competence, capacity and better-integrated resources for sustainable urban management and development. National outcomes are advanced tools for sustainable urban planning and urban heritage management. Transnational outcomes are guidelines on good methods for urban conservation policies.

Funding of the Good Practice

The project budget is € 1 027 000.

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

The National Board of Antiquities of Finland
Ms. Marianne Lehtimäki (Project Manager)