Site Management

Guidelines for management of historic rural  churches
Sustainable management should involve all three aspects of sustainability: economic, social and ecological. In order to collect and synthesize the existing knowledge and experience, the research on the best practice will be conducted by team members from HGO and CCK. For that purpose different sources like internet, scientific publications, tourism institutions, governmental institutions, municipalities will be used. The studied practice will involve  the cases across the world as basis for inspiration, and will not be limited to Baltic Sea region.
Based on the research results the best examples located in Baltic Sea region will be selected and visited by project team members. During on-site visits the representatives of stakeholders (municipalities, congregations, tourism agents) will be interviewed and the case in depth studied with the aim to understand the factors behind the success and gain the knowledge of possible lessons learnt. The research results will be summarized in the working document targeted to project team members as a basis for further activities.

Based on the research results:
– the detailed content and scope of the guidelines will be defined
– the ideas and possibilities for sustainable management of historic rural churches will be defined, and formalized as a document

Case study management plans
On the basis of general guidelines for the sustainable management of historic rural churches the two example site management plans for particular churches will be compiled – in Estonia for Pöide church in Saaremaa and for … in Gotland.
In order to draft the plans comprising the needs and peculiarities of the selected churches,

The background research on history, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities involving local representatives will be done. The background research will be carried out by CCK in Estonia and HGO in Gotland. The collected knowledge will be synthesized into example management plans during the workshops. The workshops will involve representatives of congregations, local municipalities and other relevant stakeholders, and take place in counties where  the selected churches are located.