Conservation of the Cultural Heritage
Detailed description of the Good Practice
Regions in the Baltic Sea Region have common problems which could be described as the lack of regional growth, unemployment, pollution of the environment, lack of regional cohesion, cultural diversity, etc. Today cultural heritage is regarded as an important resource not only for the cultural diversity and regional/local identity but also for regional growth, sustainable development and, if treated properly, for strengthening democracy.
Funding the maintenance, conservation and restoration of the architectural cultural heritage is a world-wide problem. The Halland region in Sweden has found an answer to this problem. The Halland Model operates in regional cross-sectoral and problem-oriented networks and the measure-oriented planning system has had an important community impact, especially concerning employment, job creation, training and education programmes and mainly saving and restoring/conserving valuable cultural buildings. The idea is that after the restorations the buildings will accommodate an activity which could be of importance for the regional/local strategic development and sustainable growth. 80 valuable buildings have been saved and approximately 1000 construction workers have been trained in traditional construction techniques.
Between 1997 and 2000 the Halland Model was implemented in Olsztyn (PL).
The project Halland Model in Olsztyn had significant positive consequences for the regional development, the strengthening of democracy, cultural identity and cultural diversity.
A partnership has been established under the name of BALCON and it also includes Kaliningrad (RU), Kaunas (LT), Utena (LT), Preili/Latgale (LV), Tartu (EE), Narva (EE) and Christiansfeld (DK). From Poland, the regions of Lodz, Lublin, Krakow, and Wroclaw participate in the partnership.
Objectives of the Good Practice
The idea is that after the restorations the buildings will accommodate an activity which could be of importance for the regional/local strategic development and sustainable growth.
Participants of the Good Practice
City of Halmstad
Funding of the Good Practice
City of Halmstad
More Details of the Good Practice
Documentation and documents
Data sources and references
(Accessed July 15, 2009)