Rural Crete Observatory:
Towards a Renaissance of the rural areas

On Friday, February 14, 2020, an international scientific conference was held on the subject: “RURAL CRETE OBSERVATORY: Towards a Renaissance of the Rural Areas“, at the Cultural & Conference Center of Heraklion. Organizers: PLOIGOS “Educational-Developmental” non-profit  company and Technical University of Crete. Speakers from Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Greece were invited.

The event was welcomed by the Regional Governor of Crete, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis, the Rector of the Technical University of Crete, Prof. Evangelos Diamantopoulos and the Heraklion assembly man, Mr. Nikolaos Igoumenidis.

The main aims of the event were the transfer of good practices, the investigation of cooperation and coordination of the Cretan administration, the submission of proposals on the subject, as well as the highlighting of the support that RCO can offer, especially in the field of local authorities  and other stakeholders, planning and deciding on the Cretan countryside.

The pivotal role that the Region of Crete expects from the RCO to take, was clearly stated by Mrs. Maria Kassotakis, Head of the Special Management Service of the Operational Program of the Region of Crete, on the preparation of Crete for the New Programming Period.

Of particular interest had the lectures by the invited speakers: Mrs. Theano Terkenlis Professor of the University of the Aegean, Mr. Pere Sala i Marti, Director of the Catalonia Landscape Observatory, Mr. Michele Buffa representative of Sicilian Landscape Observatory, and Mr. Pieter Versteegh, coordinator of the AlterRurality network.

Among the other proposals submitted, were:

  1. The investigation of a Mediterranean Observatories network.
  2. The preparation of creating a “Rural Crete Map” in coordination with local administration (Principles, Values, Significations, Orientations, etc.)
  3. Forum – Support  group, of Crete’s stakeholders representatives.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM 14.02.2020 | RCO’s BANNER

Watch excerpts from the conference:

Pieter Versteegh – PhD architect – ARENA alter Rurality network coordinator
“Rural areas: opportunities for equality and ecology”

Theano S. Terkenli – professor University of the Aegean
“The rural landscape as a tool for reading, planning and managing space”

Pere Sala i Marti – Director Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya
“The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia. Projects related to rural landscapes”

Proposal for setting up a Mediterranean Observatory network from:
Michelle Buffa – Osservatorio del paesaggio – Regione Sicilia
“The role of the Regional Sicily Observatory for the Quality of landscape”

Conference coclusions:
Nikos Skoutelis – professor Technical University of Crete – Scientific coordinator of the Rural Crete Observatory

 



On Friday, February 14, 2020, an international scientific conference was held on the subject: “RURAL CRETE OBSERVATORY: Towards a Renaissance of the Rural Areas“, at the Cultural & Conference Center of Heraklion. Organizers: PLOIGOS “Educational-Developmental” non-profit  company and Technical University of Crete. Speakers from Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Greece were invited.

The event was welcomed by the Regional Governor of Crete, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis, the Rector of the Technical University of Crete, Prof. Evangelos Diamantopoulos and the Heraklion assembly man, Mr. Nikolaos Igoumenidis.

The main aims of the event were the transfer of good practices, the investigation of cooperation and coordination of the Cretan administration, the submission of proposals on the subject, as well as the highlighting of the support that RCO can offer, especially in the field of local authorities  and other stakeholders, planning and deciding on the Cretan countryside.

The pivotal role that the Region of Crete expects from the RCO to take, was clearly stated by Mrs. Maria Kassotakis, Head of the Special Management Service of the Operational Program of the Region of Crete, on the preparation of Crete for the New Programming Period.

Of particular interest had the lectures by the invited speakers: Mrs. Theano Terkenlis Professor of the University of the Aegean, Mr. Pere Sala i Marti, Director of the Catalonia Landscape Observatory, Mr. Michele Buffa representative of Sicilian Landscape Observatory, and Mr. Pieter Versteegh, coordinator of the AlterRurality network.

Among the other proposals submitted, were:

  1. The investigation of a Mediterranean Observatories network.
  2. The preparation of creating a “Rural Crete Map” in coordination with local administration (Principles, Values, Significations, Orientations, etc.)
  3. Forum – Support  group, of Crete’s stakeholders representatives.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM 14.02.2020 | RCO’s BANNER

Watch excerpts from the conference:

Pieter Versteegh – PhD architect – ARENA alter Rurality network coordinator
“Rural areas: opportunities for equality and ecology”

Theano S. Terkenli – professor University of the Aegean
“The rural landscape as a tool for reading, planning and managing space”

Pere Sala i Marti – Director Observatori del Paisatge de Catalunya
“The Landscape Observatory of Catalonia. Projects related to rural landscapes”

Proposal for setting up a Mediterranean Observatory network from:
Michelle Buffa – Osservatorio del paesaggio – Regione Sicilia
“The role of the Regional Sicily Observatory for the Quality of landscape”

Conference coclusions:
Nikos Skoutelis – professor Technical University of Crete – Scientific coordinator of the Rural Crete Observatory