Cultural environment as a resource in the new regions

In MDI’s project for the Ministry of the Environment six cultural resources that can accelerate the positive development of the provinces were identified. Based on the findings of the project, the promotion of the cultural environment was deemed to be an essential part of the toolbox of the prospective provinces. The regional reform is also an important element of the regional identity update process, where cultural environments are seen as important components of identity building. Cultural environments have the potential to strengthen and develop the vitality and prosperity of the regions in which they are located. The project identified six resource areas related to the six cultural environments: vitality, well-being, expertise, local actors and residents, cultural environment information and cooperation. The full utilisation of these required that the management of cultural environment was understood as part of other provincial tasks and as a critical success factor for the prospective regional reform. Success also required ensuring that the resources and expertise of the cultural environment were maintained. The concrete recommendations of the project related, among other things, to the role of cultural environments as a cross-cutting theme for the entire region, to the cultural environment co-operation groups and to the need for cultural ambassadors to be named in the provinces. The final report can be found here