Learning Heritage Regions: Inclusive heritage policy and management in coastal landscapes across Europe

Linde Egberts

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Over the past two decades, heritage scholars, managers and politicians have argued for more inclusive
approaches to heritage. They regard the development of participatory heritage policy and
management as a potential way to reach those ambitions, not in the least in Europe, where European
politics and financing structures stimulate decentral governments to develop more inclusive heritage
management strategies. In this chapter I will evaluate what successes and struggles regional
governments run into when trying to implement inclusive and participatory principles in their regional
heritage management policies. I will do so by evaluating the incentives, process and results of a fiveyear interregional knowledge exchange project, called HERICOAST (2016-2020). In this Interreg Europe
project, six coastal and fluvial regions exchanged knowledge on how to improve the regional
management of their heritage, such as lighthouses, waterlocks and fishing villages, but also culinary
traditions and shipbuilding crafts. I will use governance theory on power in participatory projects to
analyse what struggles and successes these regions encountered in making their policies more
inclusive and participatory, but also how the interregional learning process has potentially helped to
overcome these issues.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInterreg Policy Learning Platform
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2020


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