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PRESS RELEASE: CONSERVATION OF EUROPE'S COASTLINES MUST INCLUDE CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUES

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Jonathan Bateman <[log in to unmask]>

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Jonathan Bateman <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 28 Jun 2005 15:59:58 +0100

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PRESS RELEASE


CONSERVATION OF EUROPE'S COASTLINES MUST INCLUDE CULTURAL HERITAGE
VALUES

EUROPA NOSTRA adopts Bergen Declaration on Safeguarding Coastal Culture

The Hague, 14 June 2005: Europa Nostra - the pan-European federation for
cultural heritage of over 200 heritage NGOs - during its recent Congress
in Bergen (Norway) adopted a "Declaration on Safeguarding Coastal
Culture" calling upon European Governments and civil society to pay
greater attention to the protection of cultural heritage when developing
conservation and sustainable development schemes in coastal areas.

Europe's coastlines are an important resource that needs careful
management considering the increasing pressure they face due to urban
development, tourism, industrialisation and fisheries. They occupy a
unique position in our continent's shared history and give rise to
distinctive ways of life and associated cultures and traditions.

The Declaration was endorsed by the participants in the Forum titled
"Safeguarding Coastal Culture" organised as part of the Europa Nostra
Congress that brought together 180 delegates from 27 European countries.
Speakers of the Forum included representatives from EUCC the Coastal
Union, the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the
Heathland Centre in Norway and the European Sea Level Service.

The Bergen Declaration acknowledged the substantial advances that had
been made in coastal conservation since Europa Nostra adopted its
Istanbul Declaration on Saving Europe's Coastlines in 1992. In
particular, Europa Nostra recognised the Integrated Coastal Zone
Management (ICZM) Programme of the European Commission, but highlighted
that the interests of conservation of coastal cultural heritage should
be further integrated into the programme implementation.

Europa Nostra also welcomed the establishment of the European Landscape
Convention adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe, which
draws particular attention to the specific features of coastal and
maritime landscapes which need a high level of protection. Regretting
that many European countries did not yet sign or ratify this Convention,
Europa Nostra encouraged their Governments to do so and to integrate the
Convention's provisions into their policies.

Finally, Europa Nostra stressed the importance of the UNESCO Convention
on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, as an international
tool for the protection of a particularly fragile aspect of coastal
culture. This needs urgent ratification by many European countries.

The full text of the Declaration is available on
http://www.europanostra.org/declaration_coastalculture.htm 

For more information: 

Charlotte O'Connor, Communications Officer, Europa Nostra
[log in to unmask], +31 70 302 40 55
Mark Snethlage, Campaigns & Policy Officer, Europa Nostra
[log in to unmask], +31 70 302 40 51


Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Heritage, is the
representative platform of over 200 heritage NGOs active throughout
Europe. It is the voice of this vast movement of European civil society
active in the field of heritage towards international bodies concerned,
in particular the European Union Institutions, the Council of Europe and
UNESCO. Europa Nostra is dedicated to putting heritage and its benefits
in the mainstream of public consciousness and to making heritage a
priority for public policies both at European and national levels. Its
specific objectives are to promote, at a European level, high standards
of quality in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, urban
and rural planning and to advocate a balanced and sustainable
development of urban and rural, built and natural environment.  Europa
Nostra supports national and international campaigns for the
preservation and rescue of Europe's heritage at risk. It encourages
exemplary initiatives in favour of the conservation and enhancement of
cultural heritage by recognising outstanding heritage achievements, in
particular through the running of the European Union Prize for Cultural
Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. Through its various activities, Europa
Nostra seeks to highlight the importance of cultural heritage as a
building block of European identity and as a contribution to the
strengthening of the sense of European citizenship. www.europanostra.org

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