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MKBT was commissioned by Council of Europe to organize the 6th Regional Workshop of COMUS. COMUS, which stands for Community-Led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns, is a joint Council of Europe and European Union initiative, part of the second Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. Its aim is to stimulate social and economic development by enhancing cultural heritage in 9 small historic towns in the post-socialist space, namely: Gyumri and Goris (Armenia), Mstislavl (Belarus), Dusheti and Chiatura (Georgia), Soroca (Republic of Moldova) and Ukraine.

Throughout its duration (2015 – 2017), the COMUS program included several regional workshops that aimed to provide an opportunity for representatives and teams of the 9 different towns involved to meet, exchange ideas and evaluate the stage of the project, as well as foster learning experiences. The 6th workshop, which took place on 26-27 April 2017, looked on scenarios on heritage rehabilitation (with a focus on housing) and funding possibilities in community-led urban strategies.

As commissioned by the Council of Europe, Division of Culture and Cultural Heritage, MKBT coordinated the organization of its workshop, both logistically as well as content wise, by bringing together local expertise, case studies, and own know-how in the field.

A workshop report, drafted by MKBT, is available at this link.

COMUS ended in Jun 2017 and its methodology of work, its findings and learnings are presented in a brief publication named Communities at the heart of heritage governance, including contributions of our colleague Marina Neagu. The publication is available for download at this link.