Objectives of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPI CH)
The main objective of JPI CH is to promote the safeguarding of cultural heritage in its broader meaning including tangible, intangible and digital assets. The strong relationship between cultural heritage, technological innovation and economic development allows for further considerations within the European framework of challenges and competitiveness. Social and regional cohesion, cultural and educational challenges are crucial aspects of the European Union development, and a number of economic, social and cultural instabilities are currently undermining local heritage, in a non homogeneous way, posing critical questions for the future.
The effort to inspire an in-depth and common understanding of what is cultural heritage, who owns it, who is responsible for it, and why it is so important in the developmental path of a country goes on the same direction of the willingness of getting the European Union a region of integration on a knowledge- based economy model.
The JPI CH promotes a joint multidisciplinary approach to cultural heritage sustainability which arises from research. It develops within a multi-frame scenario called the Scientific Cultural Area – as a part of the European Research Area – which includes science, engineering, technology, art, literature, conservation and culture. Supporting research activities and researcher training means reaffirming the European cultural identity as world wide ambassador of cultural heritage excellence.
Apart from natural ageing, Europe’s cultural heritage is exposed to many threats such as climate change and pollution, increasing urbanization, mass tourism, human negligence, vandalism and even terrorism. Protection of cultural heritage in the face of global change is thus becoming a major concern for decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens in Europe. Research into strategies, methodologies and tools is needed to safeguard cultural heritage against continuous decay. Before irreversible damage is done, concerted actions, based on sound science, are needed to protect, strengthen and adapt Europe’s unique cultural patrimony.
A concerted research action is needed to allow Member States to maximize and exploit at best their research efforts. Joint Programming provides a framework within which Member States address jointly areas where public research programmes can respond to major societal challenges.
- European policy development
- European cohesion
- Growing the European research community
- Quality and leadership among research communities
- Human resource development
- International impact
- Long term development of the Cultural Research Area