The Conservatoire du Littoral invited MedINA to present the experience of the Terra Lemnia project in the technical workshop on “Protection and promotion of island heritage”, that was held in Cannes on December 11th – 13th. The workshop was held during the 2nd annual meeting of SMILO (Small Islands Organisation) and was jointly organized by the ISOS project (funded by INTERREG Italy-France) and the city of Cannes. The Terra Lemnia project manager, George Dimitropoulos, participated in the workshop and presented the Terra Lemnia project.
The technical workshop was divided into three sessions: 1. Built heritage and ecological transition; 2. Agricultural and landscape heritage; and 3. Heritage promotion and public reception. Interesting presentations were given on numerous case studies from all over the world and the workshop gathered a multifaceted array of organisations, initiatives and projects working on the issue of sustainable management of small islands.
George Dimitropoulos made a presentation on “Agricultural landscape heritage – The traditional mandras of Lemnos Island” during the second session. His presentation focused on the Terra Lemnia project’s ongoing efforts to record, promote and restore these traditional farming structures (i.e. the mandras) of Lemnos Island, through visibility and awareness raising actions, but also by exploring the potential for developing modern, yet traditional-style, facilities. The presentation was well received and led to a fruitful discussion session with the participants.