EFFORTS congress on Sustainable Military Heritage adopts Venice Declaration

The adaptive re-use for industrial, religious or military buildings and sites has been one of the key topics discussed during the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018, with one of the 10 European initiatives specifically dedicated to heritage in transition. The European Federation of Fortified Sites / European network for fortified cities, forts and defence lines (EFFORTS) dedicated their 2018 2018 congress to the challenges beyond the EYCH. The congress, entitled “From Stronghold to Sustainable Military Heritage”, took place on 8-9 November at the historic Forte Marghera in Venice, Italy.

Europa Nostra’s Secretary General Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic sent a video message – as she was at the same time attending the last meeting of the EYCH Stakeholders’ Committee in Leipzig, Germany – and thanked EFFORTS for their commitment and active participation in the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. In fact, despite being a relative young European network founded in 2017, EFFORTS already joined the European Heritage Alliance 3.3 in March 2018.

During the EFFORTs congress, the Venice Declaration was adopted, which outlines 6 propositions on the future of European fortified heritage post-2018, and also refers to previously adopted key policy documents and declarations, including the Berlin Call to Action: “Cultural Heritage for the Future of Europe”.

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