The association European Dry Stone Network, created in 2018, is the result of a union of European partners aware of the need to safeguard and enhance our dry stone heritage in a sustainable and responsible way.
The association wants to set up a Europe-wide cultural route to promote rural landscapes containing conspicuous dry stone construction, as inscribed by UNESCO on the list of intangible cultural heritage in 2018.
The project, a European dry stone heritage route, is based on the idea that travelling through dry stone landscapes as well as living in and feeling part of them is the key to their preservation. The association seeks to promote along the route: discovery tours, activities for children and young people, dry stone training, exchanges between dry stone builders, multidisciplinary scientific research activities and the participation of local communities as a living part of the heritage.
The association is now focusing its efforts on creating the route and preparing the application for the "Council of Europe Cultural Route" certification. Seven groups from seven European countries have joined the association: Cyprus, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Our route, in terms of the Council of Europe's Cultural Routes, conceived as a cooperative project aimed at promoting heritage awareness, education, networking, responsible cross-border tourism and other related activities. It seeks to contribute to the promotion of European identity and citizenship through knowledge and awareness of our common heritage and the development of cultural links and dialogue in Europe as well as with other countries and regions.