The Greek partner of TALIA, the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce (UHCC) organised in the afternoon of November 27th a special session on INTERREG-MED, in the framework of the conference “Nature & Culture”, an event of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
This conference, organised in Athens on 26, 27 and 28 November 2018, was aimed at bringing together cities and territories from all over the world that plan or implement innovative nature and culture-based solutions. Scientists, academia, policy-makers, representatives of cities and regions together with enterprises, private and social ones and citizens have met these 3 days in order to discuss key themes, such as : natural and tangible and intangible cultural heritage as strategic territorial development resources; linking natural and cultural heritage; planning, management, governance, marketing and funding of natural and cultural heritage; maritime spatial planning and cultural values; cultural heritage, archaeological sites, monuments and lighting; soundscapes, lightscapes, nightscapes as elements of the culture of the places; shaping places with nature and culture; new mapping and surveying technologies for natural and cultural heritage Geographic Information Systems.
Special emphasis was be given to the Mediterranean region with its rich natural and cultural diversity, both terrestrial and marine and the Conference Programme presented the TALIA event as "A Special Session on INTERREG-MED, organised by the MED Social & Creative community featured by TALIA (Territorial Appropriation of Leading-edge Innovation Actions)".
The theme of this session, coordinated by Georgios Assonitis of the UHCC (TALIA partner), was "Emerging nature and culture related narratives in EU programmes".
The session was introduced by two presentations. The first one, by Thanos Contargyris (UHCC and TALIA partner), was focused on how social, cultural and creative innovators consolidate new development models in the Mediterranean. This presentation also introduced to TALIA, the Interreg-MED Programme's horizontal project promoting the community and impact of 11 projects addressing the topics of Cultural and Creative Industries and Social Innovation. Then, a presentation on coastal and maritime tourism at the Mediterranean was held.
Two more presentations by Irene Barianaki and Heleni Hatziyanni, focused on cases on tourism, followed.