The protection of the cultural heritage in the mountain areas is of vital importance for ensuring the cultural diversity of Europe and saving local traditions and customs for the next generations. However, this field is often neglected and local communities have insufficient potential and funds to ensure sustainable use of cultural heritage. Therefore, more support should be provided at the regional level. The aim of CRinMA is to improve the regional policies in order to provide better support for the mountain areas with intangible and tangible cultural resources.
Based on the previous profound experience in the implementation of the cross-border programmes, the CRinMA partners have decided to focus on the mountain border areas, assuming that many of the challenges are similar within one geographical area on both sides of the border (or regardless of the borders). All CRinMA regions are eligible within at least one cross-border programme and face challenges typical for the border areas. At the same time, all CRinMA partners can influence the stakeholders from both sides of the borders, which will bring a new dimension to the project.
The theme of the project will be focused on the heritage related to the architecture, traditions, customs and folk skills of the mountain. In some European regions, such as Malopolska, Podkarpackie and Presovsky Kraj, such heritage is protected by open-air museums. The partners would like to find the solutions on how to make those museums more lively and better integrated with the local communities, which would lead to a better promotion and protection not only of the tangible heritage, but also of the intangible one. The exchange of experiences and the transfer of good practices between different regions and mountain areas (Carpathians, Alps and Gêres-Xurés Transfrontier Park) will lead to the development of practical solutions to facilitate the promotion and better protection of the valuable cultural heritage in those remote locations.