"Heritage is a visible expression of our common European culture and history, a tangible testimony of our roots without which our present would be impoverished and our future would become sterile. As such, it is an essential element of our local, regional, national and European identity." (Position Paper of Europa Nostra, 2005)
This was the guiding principle of New Dutch Waterline (NDW) when it set out to prepare an inter-regional cooperation project together with European partners sharing this view.
The project At Fort "Atelier European Fortresses - Powering Local Sustainable Development" is a Regional Initiative Project in the INTERREG IVC PROGRAMME.
The historic environment of Europe is one of its greatest assets and an effective means of reconciling the needs of citizens, economy, community, environment, and society at large: But we cannot take it for granted! Our built heritage is valuable and vulnerable and securing its benefits now and in the future demands focussed action and investment from society, the heritage sector, and above all, the public authorities.
Aware of these possibilities and challenges, New Dutch Waterline proposed the AT FORT project outline to significant European fortified heritage sites who share the firm belief that preservation of these sites, coupled with their economic exploitation can only be achieved by creative, mutual thinking, building on an exchange of experiences.
AT FORT partners have set the OVERALL OBJECTIVE 'to facilitate the adaptive re-use of fortified heritage sites by exploring solutions for successful approaches and methods to deal with enabling conditions and to create better frameworks for their exploitation.



The results of the project were published under the downloads menu!





21 good practices were identified through the ateliers, workshops, site visits.


International Research Center for the Valorisation of Military Architecture and Defence Systems in Venice, at the Forte Marghera.


Executive summary about the implementation plans of the partners were made.


Press release
During the final conference of the ATFORT project in Suomenlinna, Helsinki, 27th-28th October 2014, the eleven partners solemnly declared their intention to launch consultations with the Council of Europe on a common legal European framework concerning the safeguarding and redevelopment of European fortified heritage.

AT FORT partners take the first steps towards European Convention on Fortified Heritage

 
October 27-28 2014.
Helsinki, Finland



The Atfort project 

"The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers."
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