The working group of the local practice community, made up of local and regional authorities (public sector), the tourism industry (private sector), the civil sector (NGO) and the scientific community that operates in the micro-tourism destination.
“A network action for the protection and enhancement of the intangible cultural heritage of the Camaldolese Forest Code”, says Gianluca Carrabs Sole Director of Svim, the Marche Region Development Agency.
The Pilot Action and Local Community of Practice meeting was organized by Svim, as part of the TAKE IT SLOW project “Smart and Slow Tourism Supporting Adriatic Heritage for Tomorrow”, of which it is a partner, together with 11 organizations including in Croatia – RERA SD public institution for coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County; Public institution Šibenik-Knin County Development Agency; University of Zadar; Region of Istria; in Italy – PromoTurismoFVG; Veneto region; Molise Region; Emilia Romagna region; Abruzzo Region; Puglia Region – Department of Tourism, Economics of Culture and Valorisation of the Territory (Associated partner).
“A strategic cross-border cooperation project, – said Ludovico Caverni Mayor of Serra Sant’Abbondio – with the first meeting in Fonte Avellana, which aims to implement the intelligent management of micro-tourism destinations to stimulate local communities in ‘address the impact of the tourism industry and at the same time protect and promote the rich natural and cultural heritage that characterize the intervention area. “
“The Camaldolese Forest Code” – chosen by Svim, to represent the concept of sustainability – is a tangible example of multifunctional, flexible and durable management of environmental resources, and of socio-economic development for many local communities in the Italian Apennines and beyond. ”Declares don. Gianni Giacomelli Prior of the Monastery of the Holy Cross of Fonte Avellana.
“Here the environment, natural resources and in particular forest resources, have been profoundly transformed by the prolonged action of man, becoming the product of a historical and cultural process, of interaction between social, economic and natural factors”.
Svim with TAKE IT SLOW in Fonte Avellana intends, together with the Community of Practice, to enhance the historical and cultural heritage inherent in the management of the territory and natural resources carried out by the Camaldolese monks, between 1027 and 1866. The Community of Practice will focus on the potential of material / intangible heritage of the Camaldolese Forest Code, as an attraction for the development of sustainable tourism of the Italy-Croatia cross-border destination, exchanging knowledge, defining and implementing pilot actions, to test new policies, products and services, through the signing of a “Pact of ‘action’ in order to ensure the sustainability of the project.
The Forest Code of Camaldoli contains 850 years of rules and regulations on forest and land management, a historical paradigm of a balanced relationship between man and nature, representing a concrete model of sustainable development in the Apennine area. It is for this reason that the Community of Practice wants to relaunch the UNESCO candidacy to recognize this extraordinary historical value as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
With funds from TAKE IT SLOW, Svim aims to develop a package of activities with the aim of carrying out a cultural-educational function and providing maximum accessibility and transparency of the contents of the Code and ethics.
Among the activities planned for strengthening the collaboration between key actors involved in the promotion of natural and cultural heritage at the local and cross-border level, innovative training sessions for the creation of “Tourism Business Network” (product clubs, networks, associations, businesses) and exchanges of good practices of sustainable, slow and smart products or services in tourism. In Svim, the task of organizing with the project the International Conference in “Smart Tourism” where products and services of intelligent tourist destination will be presented, scheduled for November next year. The next scheduled operational meeting on the project is set for September 2021.