Module 3: Technologies and implementation models for sustainable conservation and management of integrated naturalistic-cultural complex systems

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Environmental dimension

Tool 1: Technologies aimed at preserving Mixed Cultural and Natural Heritage from the impact of weathering agents
This is an overview on the most important technologies aimed at preserving surfaces from the impacts of weathering agents (water runoff, freeze-thawing, wet-to-dry cycling), such as high-end protective coatings that features transparency, reversibility, compatibility with the surface, long-term lifetime, easy synthesis, low-cost maintenance and non-toxicity.

Tool 2: Technologies aimed at preserving Mixed Cultural and Natural Heritage from structural damages
This is an overview on the main technologies dedicated to the structural consolidation, such as bar anchors, rock bolts, rockfall netting, micropiles, jet grouting, novel technologies such as ‘active seams’.

A two-pages example of the didactic handbooks created for Module 3

Social Dimension

Tool 1: Preservation maintenance plan and implementation strategies for cultural landscapes
This is an introduction to the four main treatments for cultural landscapes:

  • Preservation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Restoration
  • Reconstruction

Actions needed for the production of a Cultural Landscape Report, such as historical research, inventorying and documenting existing conditions, reading the landscape, historic plant inventory.

Tool 2: Landslides prevention strategies and policies at international and national scale
The vulnerability of Cultural and Natural Heritage sites to landslides is an issue that must be properly addressed by developing multidisciplinary approaches. Reliable and accurate data analyses are required to elaborate correct geological and geotechnical models for slope failure and instability in order to achieve, in combination with historical and archaeological data, the most appropriate mitigation actions.

A two-slides example of the didactic presentations created for Module 3

Economic Dimension

Tool1: Corporate Social Responsibility measures of tourism businesses related to Mixed Natural and Cultural Heritage (e.g. Ecomuseal approach)
The term ‘ecomuseum’ refers to ecological activities that aim to develop an entire region as a living museum. An ecomuseum embodies three elements:

  • The preservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage in a given region;
  • The management of this heritage with the participation of residents;
  • The function of the preserved nature and traditions as a museum

Tool2: Art-cultural-landscape integrated systems and cycles of consumption-restoring
Sustainable production considers also social and cultural features of the territory in which it relies. Today, the territory as a landscape represents a complex eco-system (communities, traditions, cultures, and specific agricultural systems) as well as a valuable asset for the cultural preservation of art and history. It is also a strategic asset to defend and promote environmental policies.

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