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The Ecomuseum
The Ecomuseum is the Foundation’s primary project, to which is linked the creation of the Region of Umbria’s legislation on ecomuseums. The territorial area of the Ecomuseum, particularly rich in natural beauty and sites of cultural interest, is primarily rural and covers approximately 450 sq. kms. It includes parts of the cities of Perugia, Corciano, Castel Rigone, Preggio and Umbertide, and parts of the River Tiber. 

What is an Ecomuseum?

Ecomuseum is a new way to interpret the cultural heritage of an entire territorial area, a dynamic concept through which communities can preserve and manage their heritage while simultaneously promoting sustainable development and enhanced quality. The fundamental premise for the birth of an Ecomuseum is the awareness of  the specific cultural identity of an area, and its enhancement and development with the active participation of the local community. The logical outcome of such awareness is the creation of an organisation dedicated to the protection of the territory and its unique identity, and to the enhancement of its natural and cultural heritage and traditions. The Ecomuseum is not a building but the entire territorial area seen as the repository of cultural identity; not a private property but a place where everyone can experience and appreciate the natural and cultural heritage which belong to the whole community.
The Ecomuseum Colli del Tezio is a pilot project to create the first third generation ecomuseum which, having set aside obsolete concepts of the ecomuseum as an end in itself, aims to promote economic development, training and job opportunities. Enhancing the value of the territory while protecting it is the fundamental concept behind the Ecomuseum’s promotion of sustainable development, which meets the requirements and needs of present generations without harming the prospects of those to come. The indiscriminate consumption of non-renewable natural resources in the last century is a model for development which is rapidly leading towards the total destruction of natural habitats and irreversible damage to the environment. However, a prudent and responsible policy of development, where growth is qualitative rather than quantitative, is feasible. The commitment and the social responsibility of the entire community will play a vital role in the achievement of such an ideal, for which future generations will be grateful.
 

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