The European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments coordinates as a leading body the project: Mo.Na: Monuments in Nature: A Creative Co-existence, which aims at the coexistence of environmental and cultural heritage, and the development of strategies for the common treatment of cultural monument and the natural environment in which it is part. The main parameter of the project are the areas of high cultural value (UNESCO protected areas) located in areas of particular environmental importance (Natura 2000, Ramsar sites, etc.).
The Mo.Na project was co-financed by the Interreg V-Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 program and national resources, and is a transnational partnership project of 4 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria). Through the Mo.Na project, 4 case studies are approached, the Caldera of Santorini (Greece), Mesimvria (Bulgaria), the Paphos forest (Cyprus) and Vouthroto (Albania), areas that are a field of action for the holistic management of a monument- environment. In addition, the main and innovative goal of the project is to create a certification system for the promotion and protection of the natural and cultural environment.
The Mo.Na project was implemented with the cooperation of public bodies for the management of cultural heritage and the environment from the four countries, as well as with the participation of local authorities. Specifically, the European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments (E.K.B.M.M.) (Leading Body P1), the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades (P2), the Municipality of Thira (P3), the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (EL.E. ), the Municipality of Mesimvria in Bulgaria (P5), the Society for Cypriot Studies (P6), the Department of Forests of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment in Cyprus (P7) and the National Institute of Cultural Heritage in Albania (P8). Also, the project was implemented with the support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (P9) and the participation of the Association of Greek Urban Planners (SEPOH) (P10).
The following actions took place in the framework of the Mo.Na project:
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