CNCS-UEFISCDI project PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0737 no. 52/2017
Preservation by development of sustainable strategies
for a better protection of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Romania

Acronym: HERO


Since 1972 UNESCO established a frame of protection for cultural and natural heritage (Convention concerning the protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage) and the “World Heritage List”, which it considers as having outstanding universal value. Romania has seven properties part of World Heritage List (one natural and six cultural sites). The reports concerning situation of the WHS in Romania are done periodically, but most are just a formality without any strategic development and sustainable management plans. We consider there is an acute necessity of a national report of evaluation of the UNESCO cultural sites in Romania. There is a significant discrepancy between the visibility and importance given to the sites included in the WHL. These problems could be prevented through better monitoring and management methods, while regional cooperation could be a driver for identifying the best ways to do so at a regional level. Protection of authentic heritage recognised by UNESCO was recently reconfirmed at the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn (2015). The project will deal with multi-disciplinary and multi-perspective approach, developing partnership networks between various institutions from Romania and abroad interested in the project field and transfer of good practices on maintenance, preservation and cultural heritage management, community participation and cooperation with local public administration in order to develop National Strategy and management plans supported by realistic action plans. Only a common and integrated approach will make it possible to enrich UNESCO standards of preservation and maintain the WHS status.

The main goal of the project is to identify and set up innovative models of good practices, adapted to the local cultural and social-economic specificities, for safeguarding and managing the Romanian UNESCO World Heritage Sites.