Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS)

COMUS

Project duration

2015-2017

Budget

€650,000 ( EU Investment: €430 000 )
Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS)
Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns (COMUS)

Brief Description

The project is part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme II funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument. Based on community-led processes, COMUS supports nine small and medium-sized historic towns to develop an integrated, sustainable and participative approach for the protection, planning and management of heritage resources as a component of urban renewal policies. 

Objectives

The project aims to stimulate social and economic development by enhancing cultural heritage in nine small and medium-sized historic towns in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, bringing stakeholders together to find solutions for sustainable and socially local economic growth through their heritage resources, in a sustainable and socially inclusive manner.

“At first, the townspeople treated the initiative with caution, but now they take the initiative themselves, they express ideas how to develop the town further, what we lack, what can be done differently…” 

         Sviatlana Zubrynovich, of the Mstislav District Executive Committee

Actions in brief

COMUS is implemented in nine pilot towns selected by the Ministries of Culture in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine:

  • Goris and Gyumri, Armenia;
  • Mstislav, Belarus;
  • Chiatura and Dusheti, Georgia;
  • Soroca, Moldova;
  • Lutsk, Pryluky and Zhovka, Ukraine.

Actions include:

  • establishing COMUS management structures in the five countries and nine pilot towns, including national and local stakeholder groups, project implementation units and project managers;
  • reference plans for the nine towns, preliminary technical assessments for five sites/initiatives and feasibility studies for two initiatives in each COMUS town;
  • regional workshops and study visits, country-based workshops with local and international experts, training sessions with the Culture and Creativity Programme (also part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme II);
  • awareness-raising initiatives including community mobilisation through consultation processes, meetings, community-based activities and heritage walks in the nine COMUS towns, town-based promotional videos and brochures;
  • integration of COMUS methodology into policy and strategy making;
  • workshop with nine mayors and joint declaration of COMUS mayors.

COMUS is a joint European Union and Council of Europe initiative.