Priority Axis 2 - Sustainable Region



Project Summary

Overall objective of SMART Heritage is the promotion, valorisation and protection of cultural heritage in Adriatic and Ionic regions, in particular by raising tourism attractiveness and reducing tourism seasonality of project area consisting in Zadar County (Croatia), Gerace (Italy), Forlì (Italy), Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Chalkìs (Greece) and Albania.
Milestone output is the creation of CULTURAL ROUTE “SMART HERITAGE”: a networking structure based on a series of conditions for adhesion, opened not only to partner regions but enlarged to entire ADRION area. Conditions set will be prerequisites to let the route become recognised by the European Council, for its high cultural heritage and tourism value. This route will be a new cultural tourism attraction which will be launched on international tourism markets by positioning the Adriatic and Ionian region as a unique cultural tourism destination and product. Therefore, transnational cooperation and packaging of innovative transnational tourism offers will represent crucial elements of this route and will enhance tourist attractiveness of the region and determine tourism seasonality prolongation.
Other project output is the realisation of regional Action Plans and a Sustainability Plan, which will permit the transferability and the mid-term sustainability of project results, tools and deliverables.
An important activity carried out by the project is the mapping of cultural heritage attractions in partners’ regions and the digitalisation of cultural heritage.
Through pilot projects, common cultural heritage will be presented in innovative, digital, multimedia way, exciting to tourists and local inhabitants, e.g. by creating holograms, 3D images, Smart Heritage Film, etc., leading to improved touristic supply, higher attractiveness of regions and, consequently, to prolongation of tourism season.
A work group for creative and innovative tourism will define new souvenirs based on cultural heritage, that will determine higher attractiveness of common cultural heritage.
Stakeholders in cultural tourism will be strongly empowered through this project by training and networking based on the realisation of a transnational cluster and the organisation of stakeholders training workshops.
The realisation of a Transnational innovative web platform which will connect and present common cultural heritage assets, will strongly contribute to knowledge transfer among all project partners. Platform is base for all new technological approach in presenting and preserving cultural heritage. It is vital for all cultural heritage preservation institutions in order to achieve more appealing presentation of their cultural heritage and raise attractiveness of their institutions and cultural heritage (under their management).
SMART HERITAGE will implement ADRION capitalisation strategy by sharing results, activities, tools and deliverables with other projects funded by the Programme.




Project Acronym

SMART Heritage

Project Number


Programme Priority

2) Sustainable Region

Specific objective

Promote the sustainable valorisation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage as growth assets in the Adriatic-Ionian area

Start – End Date

2018-02-01 – 2020-01-31

Total budget

EUR 1,379,210.00

EU contribution:
ERDF budget

EUR 874,879.50

IPAII budget

EUR 297,449.00

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Project partnership

Lead partner       Project partner


Zadar County Development Agency ZADRA NOVA
Department of EU projects implementation

Grgura Budislavića, 99 | 23000 – Zadra
Contact person
Ms. Matilda Kardum,


Albanian Development Fund
Regional Development Department

Sami Frasheri, 10 | 1000 – Tirana
Contact person
Ms. Greta Gjoncaj,

Development Agency of Evia SA
Directorate for Implementation of Projects & Programmes

Chaina Avenue, 93 | 34100 – Chalkida
Contact person
Mr. Nikolaos-Ioannis Margaritis,

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Mostar
Departments of Archaeology and Journalism

Matice hrvatske, B.B. | 88000 – Mostar
Contact person
Ms. Ivana Zovko,

Municipality of Forlì
General Direction _ European Projects and International Relations Unit

Piazza Saffi, 8 | 47121 – Forli
Contact person
Ms. Claudia Castellucci,

Municipality of Gerace

Via Sottoprefettura, | 80940 – Gerace
Contact person
Ms. Loredana Panetta,

National musem Zadar
Department of Zadar City Museum

Poljana pape Aleksandra III, B.B. | 23000 – Zadar
Contact person
Mr. Renata Peroš,