Preserving and sustainably governing cultural heritage and landscapes in european coastal and maritime regions

  • Delaney, Alyne Elizabeth (Project Manager)
  • Ounanian, Kristen (Project Manager)
  • Hansen, Carsten Jahn (Project Participant)
  • Jensen, Carina (Project Coordinator)
  • Toonen, Hilde M. (Project Participant)
  • A.J. Lamers, Machiel (Project Participant)
  • Kraan, Marloes (Project Participant)
  • Witteveen, Loes (Project Participant)
  • Taylor, Steve (Project Participant)
  • Bellshaw, Sara (Project Participant)
  • Flannery, Wesley (Project Participant)
  • Murtagh, Brendan (Project Participant)
  • Ellis, Geraint (Project Participant)
  • Ferguson, Laura (Project Participant)
  • Pita, Cristina (Project Participant)
  • Alves, Fátima (Project Participant)
  • Martins, Filomena (Project Participant)
  • Lillebo, Ana (Project Participant)
  • Costa, Carlos (Project Participant)
  • Albuquerque, Helena (Project Participant)
  • da Silva, Margarida Ferreira (Project Participant)
  • Fox, Clive (Project Participant)
  • Martino, Simone (Project Participant)
  • Koutrakis, Manos (Project Participant)
  • Mylona, Dimitra (Project Participant)
  • Sapounidis, Argyris (Project Participant)
  • Kenter, Jasper (Project Participant)
  • Azzopardi, Elaine (Project Participant)
  • Anderson-Morrison, Innes (Project Participant)
  • Cambridge, Howard (Project Participant)
  • Bodum, Lars (Project Participant)

Project Details


PERICLES is an EU-funded research and innovation project running from 2018-2021. PERICLES promotes sustainable, participatory governance of cultural heritage in European coastal and maritime regions through a unique interdisciplinary and geographically wide-ranging approach. The overall aim of the project is to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive framework to understand, preserve and utilize maritime cultural heritage for societal good.

Cultural heritage provides a sense of place, unity, and belonging. Rooted in specific landscapes, seascapes, buildings, stories, traditions, language, and cultural practices, cultural heritage is a fundamental part of every society. It connects people to each other and to the past and helps guide the future.

Protection and advocacy for cultural heritage can strengthen identity and local society, thereby improving overall quality of life. Culture and heritage are essential in maintaining and building Europe’s economic, social, cultural and natural capital. Realising the potential of cultural heritage in these terms can generate prosperity, bring new jobs, enhance communities and improve environments in ways comparable to Blue Growth initiatives.

Yet, coastal cultural landscapes face risks from climate change, pollution, urbanisation, mass tourism, demographic challenges in remote regions, the fundamental transformation of the European fishing industry, neglect, and inconsistent policies of sea and shore conservation across governance scales and between regions.
Short titlePERICLES
Effective start/end date01/05/201801/05/2021

Collaborative partners

  • Wageningen University & Research (Project partner)
  • University of the Highlands and Islands (Project partner)
  • Queen's University Belfast (Project partner)
  • University of Aveiro (Project partner)
  • The Scottish Association for Marinescience (Project partner)
  • Hellenic Fisheries Research Institute (Project partner)
  • University of York (Project partner)
  • Syndacat Mixte De Gestion Du Parc Naturel Regional Du Golfe Du Morbihan (Project partner)
  • National Heritage Board of Estonia (Project partner)
  • Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Project partner)


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