Linda Vaeliverronen, Zenija Kruzmetra, Agita Livina, Ilze Grinfilde
conservation, depopulation, engagement, cultural heritage, local community
Many areas currently suffer from depopulation which directly threatens tangible cultural heritage by weakening the ability of culture to strengthen local communities and forge a sense of identity. This study gives a deeper insight into the problems of cultural heritage in depopulated rural areas of Latvia and looks for ways how to engage local community in heritage conservation. Results claim, so far, collective expertise and the creativity of local communities have been poorly used in heritage conservation activities. Municipalities would gain if they invested more effort into creating a system to intensify community engagement instead of isolated project-based activities. Identifying cultural heritage and discussions on new functions for heritage sites are seen as significant engagement modes.
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Linda Vaeliverronen, Zenija Kruzmetra, Agita Livina, Ilze Grinfilde. (2017) Engagement of Local Communities in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Depopulated Rural Areas in Latvia. International Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2, 13-21