Cultural heritage

Project name: Supporting community by maintaining cultural heritage in Peipsi and Võrtsjärve regions

Project period: August 2008 - May 2010

Funder: National Foundation of Civil Society

Project partners: Peipsi Region Development Chamber, Union of Setomaa Rural Municipalities and the Võrtsjärve Foundation

Contact person: Karin Kruusmaa, Project manager,

Lake Peipsi and Lake Võrtsjärv share common problems as, to a great extent, their local communities depend on their lakes. In both areas here are long fishery traditions and established historical and cultural heritages, distinctive to their locality. For that reason we have launched a project, with the goal of facilitating the preservation of cultural heritage in the Peipsi and Võrtsjärve regions.

At the first project meeting, which took place in September, the common understanding established to recognize the similarities and differences in the regions, including local personal initiative and entrepreneurship. It also became apparent that the regions have much to learn from each other.