30 August 2017


At a time when environmental, economic and social issues related to sustainability have become a central topic, the preservation of historic built areas must also face the contemporary needs in this sustainability horizon; Thus, the BHENEFIT project proposes a holistic approach to the management of historic built areas (HBAs), taking into account a wide range of aspects relating to daily maintenance, tourism and economic exploitation, security clearance in case of natural or anthropic risks.

Through the project, a comprehensive management strategy will be developed, that will include an assessment of the functional compatibility between the historic value of the built heritage, the functions, the optimization of the operation of buildings in terms of increased energy and static efficiency, and the long-term reduction of urgent measures needed because of threats from natural and man-made factors.

The project has 4 specific objectives: promoting sustainable management of historic urban areas, monitoring interactions while preserving cultural value and eco-sustainable development; defining a common approach between partners to manage such areas as a basis for improving governance, technical tools and the ability to involve local communities; Improving the efficiency of decision-makers and managers of these historic urban areas through monitoring and evaluation, risk prevention, environmental sustainability, conservation and reuse; Improving the involvement of public stakeholders (national, regional and local public bodies) and private (experts of various kinds) and involving more and more local communities through the creation of Local Support Groups.

The BHENEFIT methodology will be developed by 13 partners and will be tested under 8 pilot activities. Each of the pilot activities will address the main problems that characterize the Central Europe area: earthquakes, floods, pollution, tourism flows, energy efficiency, etc. Based on the results, tools (action plans, ICT tools, etc.) will be developed to meet local needs.

Timing:  06.2017 – 11.2019

Project’s partners:

  1. Comune di Mantova (Italia)
  2. Comune di Poprad (Slovacchia)
  3. Comune di Karlovac (Croazia)
  4. Szabolcs 05 Regional Development Association of Municipalities (Ungheria)
  5. Agenzia Sviluppo RegionaleIdrijsko-Cerkljanska (Slovenija)
  6. Regione Emilia-Romagna (Italia)
  7. Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, SPECTRA Centre of Excellence of the EU (Slovacchia)
  8. Istituto di Urbanistica della Repubblica Slovena (Slovenia)
  9. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria)
  10. North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency (Croazia)
  11. Eastern Hungarian European Initiatives Foundation (Ungheria)
  12. IURS – Institute for Sustainable Development of Settlements (Repubblica Ceca)
  13. Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura Soc. Coop. (Italia)


For more information:

The Projects is funded by the Interreg Central Europe Programme.