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Revealing the Economic and Social Impacts of Cultural Heritage


Project Facts

Project objective: Enhanced institutional capacity and human resources development in public institutions, local and regional authorities in the Beneficiary States
Project promoter: The Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy State Secreraty for Cultural Heritage
Type of institution: Government ministry
Project number: HU11-0003
Target group(s): Civil servants/Public administration staff, Non governmental organisation,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 995,821
Final project costs: € 845,669
From Norway Grants: € 718,819
The project is carried out in: Hungary

Project partnership(s)

What will the partnership achieve?

Summary of project results


Research has shown that in Hungary: - Built heritage significantly contributes to GDP and creates jobs - People want to live and work in historic areas and are willing to pay a higher price to do so - Engaging the local community and an integrated approach are key factors for the long-term success of heritage-led regeneration - Increased knowledge and awareness of the economic and social potentials of cultural heritage was delivered by elaboration of methodologies on cultural heritage protection The PO continuously supervised the project implementation via midterm project reports, on-site visits and close contact. Through the pilot project in the Nivegy-valley in upper lake Balaton a methodological guide was produced that will help similar communities prepare for the long-term protection and sustainable management of their built heritage. The goal of the pilot project was to revitalize a former parish building into a community centre through a wider community development approach. The revitalization concept of the derelict national monument has been formulated together with the local inhabitants through community planning. The new functions and the social enterprise linked to the building were designed during planning workshops with the active participation of experts, local entrepreneurs, civil organizations, mayors and inhabitants. This process was accompanied by a series of capacity building trainings, providing local stakeholders with all the necessary knowledge to sustain the building and their own businesses. The goal was to establish an entrepreneur community, who would actively take part in the operation and upkeep of the parish house.

Bilateral results


Study tours were organized in Norway and Hungary as well with the following focus: - Issues of central relevance to the project and the cooperation between the partners + information on gender issues and life long learning: presentations and discusssions - Examples of asset creation based on cultural heritage: field visits - Norwegian cultural heritage protection and management system, good practices - Examples of asset creation based on cultural heritage: field visits -The bilateral partnership contributed to the followings: - the organization of international expert seminars in Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands - the development of two methodological studies (about the economic and social impacts of cultural heritage and about community-lead local development) A national programm implemented by Riksantikvaren between 2006 and 2010 with the aim of using cultural resources to create economic and social assets 12 pilot projects with detailed case studies including impact assessment Results: 66 new enterprises and 16 non-profit organisations created, every NOK of public money spent created 2 NOK of private value The key to success: long-term co-operation between stakeholders with the project manager as mediator The Norwegian pilot projects were used as models for this pilot project.


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