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CRAFTS

Title

Cooperation among the Regions of the Alps to forward trans-sectorial and transnational synergies

Priority,Measure

3.2

Lead Partner

Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia - Servizio Autonomo per lo Sviluppo della Montagna

Lead Partner Country

Italy

Project Website

http://www.craftsproject.org

Duration

09/2002 - 09/2005

Date of Approval

24-07-2002

Approx. Total Budget in €

1.929.000 €

ERDF in €

924.500 €

Project Summary

Due to social and economic changes there has been a gradual transformation of the arts & crafts of the Alpine area. The cultural heritage and the traditional techniques are disappearing because of the abandonment of the alpine territory and of the little consideration the new generations have for the field. The project aims at bringing out the arts & crafts through the creation of synergies with tourism in order to lead to a new profession, that of an arts & crafts tour operator. After a careful analysis of the traditional activites, rules and regulations will be worked out concerning how to award the title of “Shop of Excellence” and methodologies for the development of synergies between the different sectors will be developed. The activity of animation and awareness-raising will be followed by experimentation, through pilot projects such as the "School Shops", which will start up training courses for young people and tourists; the creation of tourist itineraries for the re-discovery of arts & crafts traditions; the exchanges between masters of arts & crafts from partner regions; the organization of thematic transnational exhibitions.

Project Objectives

The cultural heritage of the different regions of the Alpine Arc has run the risk of disappearing almost completely for a series of concomitant causes connected to the depopulation and to the radical social modification following, above all, technological progress. The traditional artisan activities that were at the base of mountain economy, have been almost completely abandoned, there has been a transformation of the arts & crafts that has led to the loss of the traditional techniques used. This cultural heritage is greatly threatened, the artisan masters are disappearing and it is paticularly difficult to stimulate a generation-turnover, the business closes when the owner retires. Integration with tourism can promote a micro-economy to offer artisans further earning opportunities. It is, furthermore, necessary to improve the perception there is of the artisan's economic and social role which is, at present, distorted and does not correspond to reality.
Objectives:
1) recovering the cultural heritage of arts & crafts by studying and comparing the various work techniques of the Alpine Arc;
2) enhancing the value of the human resources of the project area in order to create more employment and reduce depopulation of the Alpine territory;
3) activating territorial marketing aimed at artisans who want to start a new business in the project area;
4) creating synergies between the arts & crafts and tourism sectors in order to develop the territory, to maintain the population and potentate services.

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EU Project Partners

GAL APPENNINO GENOVESE (Italy)
KRAJEVNA SKUPNOST SOLKAN (Slovenia)
MESTNA OBCINA NOVA GORICA (Slovenia)
METRO' - GRENOBLE ALPES METROPOLE (France)
Regione Lombardia - Direzione generale artigianato, nuova economia, ricerca e innovazione tecnologica (Italy)
REGIONE PIEMONTE - DIREZIONE ARTIGIANATO E COMMERCIO (Italy)
REGIONE VALLE D'AOSTA - ASSESSORATO REGIONALE ALL'INDUSTRIA, ARTIGIANATO ED ENERGIA (Italy)
REZBARSKO, INTARZIJSKO IN RESTAVRATORSKO DRUSTVO SOLKAN (Slovenia)
SIR-FACHBEREICH DORF-UND STADTERNEUERUNG (Austria)
SREDNJA LESARSKA SOLA NOVA GORICA (Slovenia)

Non-EU Project Partners

GRUPPO DI LAVORO PER L'ARTIGIANATO DEL TICINO (Switzerland)

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