Heritage for innovation & international relations | Policy recommendations

ILUCIDARE, a three-year Horizon 2020 project, published the ‘Policy recommendations to promote heritage as a source for innovation and international relations‘. The present document aligns on ILUCIDARE’s broad understanding of heritage including natural, digital, material, and immaterial heritage, fully recognising the definition adopted by the Council of the European Union.

Deploying two key concepts: ‘Heritage-led innovation’ and ‘Heritage-led international relations’ recommendations are destined to:

1. Policy makers, including European institutions, governments at national, regional, and local level in Europe and beyond, managing heritage resources, responsible for innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultural investment to support heritage-led innovation and international relations for sustainable and inclusive development;

2. Heritage stakeholders, including heritage researchers and professionals, cultural heritage institutions, civil society organizations, and heritage entrepreneurs.

More specifically, policy recommendations aim:

  • To show the need to strengthen and improve heritage policy-making to further unleash the potential of cultural heritage to contribute to innovation and international relations;
  • To help policymakers understand the value of heritage investment;
  • To guide future policy action with concrete measures addressing governance, legal and funding issues;
  • To empower heritage stakeholders to influence policy-making and better develop heritage-led innovation and heritage-led international relations projects.