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CLIC: applying circular economy principles to cultural heritage

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Cultural heritage is considered a resource for local sustainable development. The CLIC project applies adaptive reuse to achieve environmentally, socially, culturally and economically sustainable urban/territorial development. Adaptive reuse of cultural heritage is seen as a means to make the flows of raw materials, energy, cultural and social capital truly circular.

The project aims to identify evaluation tools to test, implement, validate and share innovative “circular” financing, business and governance models for systemic adaptive reuse of cultural heritage and landscape, thus demonstrating that it is economically, socially and environmentally convenient to maintain and/or reuse them.

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CLIC is leading the Taskforce on Circular models for cultural heritage adaptive reuse in cities and regions, launched in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The main aim of the taskforce is to foster dialogue and exchange of best practices and evidence between two communities of stakeholders that were not used to working together, notably those focusing on cultural heritage and those dealing with circular economy sectors.