What is CHA about?

Across the European Union, culture and cultural heritage constitute important assets for regional competitiveness and social cohesion, while shaping identities of cities and regions as well as affecting citizens’ well-being and quality of life. Peer learning for regional and city-level policymakers to promote knowledge transfer in the field of cultural heritage is one of the actions of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage adopted at the end of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Our consortium (EUROCITIES, KEA, ERRIN, Europa Nostra and Architects Council of Europe) has recently been selected by the European Commission to lead ‘Cultural heritage in action – Sharing solutions in European cities and regions’, a peer-learning project funded under the Creative Europe programme and running from January 2020 until April 2021.

Ultimately, the project shall empower cities and regions to strengthen their cultural heritage offers and develop innovative solutions to preserve cultural heritage assets.


    We are looking for 30 local practices that are innovative, inspiring for other cities and regions and have a real impact on the ground.

    The call for good practices is now closed. We are currently going through the selection process of those practices which will be featured in the catalogue.

    During the next 16 months we will:

    • Prepare a catalogue of 30 good practices
    • Organise 12 themed peer-learning visits in cities/regions, involving the participation of representatives from cities, regions and stakeholders (to be defined, considering the pandemic).
    • Widely disseminated the project findings

    3 main topics

    1. Participatory governance of cultural heritage
    Participatory governance of cultural heritage is about participatory and people-centred approaches that involve the public sector, private stakeholders and civil society to:
    co-design cultural heritage policies and programmes; share management and safeguarding of cultural heritage; increase the valorisation of cultural heritage in communities;
    use cultural heritage as a resource for the community and territorial development.

    2. Adaptive reuse of built heritage
    Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings is the act of giving new use to an obsolete, underused or misused building. In adaptive reuse approach, rather than continuing the building’s existing use through upgrades or restoring it to a specific time period, the new use is defined and adapted to the building while preserving and respecting its value and significance.

    3. Quality of interventions on cultural heritage
    Interventions on cultural heritage are actions that impact or can impact places or sites of heritage interest and put heritage in danger. Quality interventions are the outcome of multiple factors including aesthetics, habitability, environmental friendliness, accessibility, integration into the surrounding environment and affordability. 

    Successful local actions will be documented so that policymakers can strengthen their cultural heritage offers.

    Activities will build on the work done by the European Commission in relation to cultural heritage.


    CHA Team Member

    Meet the CHA Team Member for ERRIN

    Ilaria d'Auria
    Ilaria d'Auria

    Project & Outreach Manager

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    Latest Updates

    • By Hilary Webb

    Apply for Cultural Heritage in Action online peer-learning visits

    Applications for a series of online peer-learning visits coordinated by the Cultural Heritage in Action Project are open until 8 February 2021.

    • By Hilary Webb

    Catalogue of good practices published by Cultural Heritage in Action

    The EU peer-learning programme Cultural Heritage in Action, of which ERRIN is a partner, has published a collection of good practices from EU cities, regions, urban and non-urban and rural areas.

    • By Hilary Webb

    Cultural Heritage in Action seeks Good Practices

    Cultural Heritage in Action has launched a call for innovative good practices from EU cities, regions, urban, non-urban and rural areas for a catalogue practices and peer-learning visits.

    • By Ilaria d'Auria

    Cultural Heritage in Action launch

    We are thrilled to launch Cultural Heritage in Action, a peer-learning programme for local and regional policymakers to exchange knowledge on cultural heritage, with a focus on participatory governance, adaptive reuse and quality of interventions.

    • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

    EWRC session: Governing local heritage together

    Cultural Heritage in Action is the new EU-funded peer-learning scheme on cultural heritage for cities and regions and is implemented by the workshop co-organisers Cultural Heritage in Action. The workshop will explore how cities and regions foster participatory governance and civic engagement in cultural heritage, based on lessons learned from the Cultural Heritage in Action project. 

    • By Agnieszka Wieczorek Jetha

    Information webinar on Cultural Heritage in Action project

    Cultural Heritage in Action is a peer-learning programme for local and regional policymakers willing to exchange knowledge on cultural heritage, with a focus on participatory governance, adaptive reuse and quality of interventions. Join the webinar to know more about the project and a call for good practices.