Rural Heritage as a Driving Force for Sustainable Development and Terirtorial Cohesion
Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, MEPIELAN Centre e-bulletin, April 2013

STRASBOURG, FRANCE : In this article, Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Head of Division on Policy Development in the Council of Europe, provides an overview of the Pan-European Charter for the rural heritage: promoting sustainable spatial development: ‘Rural heritage as a factor of territorial cohesion’, adopted by the ministers responsible for spatial/regional planning of the member states of the Council of Europe. The Charter seeks to make rural heritage a real asset to its territory, a factor and a driving force for sustainable spatial development, and to play a decisive part in making rural areas more attractive and in the town-country balance. She notes that “Planners now assign a wider definition to heritage, which is considered to include all the tangible or intangible elements that demonstrate the particular relationship that a human community has established with a territory over time.” Read the article …