Become a Member

Why join the international association “European Dry Stone Network”?

Because your organization shares our objectives and our interest in the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes programme.

The programme was launched in 1987 to demonstrate how the heritage of Europe’s different countries and cultures contributes to a living, shared cultural heritage. The routes act as channels for intercultural dialogue, fostering a better knowledge and understanding of European cultural identity, while preserving and enhancing natural and cultural heritage within a framework of sustainable and responsible social, economic and cultural development. 

Certification as a Council of Europe Cultural Route can offer us many advantages, including:

Guarantee of excellence

Certification is a seal of quality for the cultural heritage and activities promoted.

International visibility

The route can benefit from the communication strategy of the Council of Europe and the European Institute of Cultural Routes, giving it international visibility and prestige (congresses, fairs, forums). 


The association and management of the route facilitate the development of transnational networks and activities in the field of heritage and its component territories. These networks and contacts will be extended in terms of territories and disciplines as the route and its activities are consolidated. Networking will also be enriched by exchanges and synergies with other European cultural routes, and by the assessments and recommendations of independent experts.

Funding opportunities 

Being part of the Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes facilitates access to information on funding opportunities (European, national, regional and local) and to consolidated partnerships. 

It also enables you to benefit from letters of support from the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes and the European Institute of Cultural Routes for funding applications. 

Certification as a Council of Europe Cultural Route is a guarantee of quality for applicants to calls for projects under European programmes (Interreg, Erasmus+, CERV, Horizon, Creative Europe, etc.).

Access to governmental and intergovernmental bodies 

Cultural Routes managers benefit from improved access to European regional and local policymakers, including the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Access to Council of Europe events and training courses

Cultural Routes representatives are invited to take part in events such as the Annual Consultative Forum, and training courses on itinerary management organized by the Council of Europe.

Membership procedure

The membership process follows these steps:

  1. The candidate organisation submits a “Letter of Expression of Interest” to become a member of the REPS international association. 
  2. The candidate organisation submits the “Adhesion Information Form” to be assessed by the REPS Scientific Committee.
  3. The admission of the new member is voted on at an Extraordinary General Assembly, as requested by the Board of Directors.

If you are interested in more information about our association or wishing to become a member, please contact us at

Membership Documents

Letter of Expression of Interest in becoming a member (docx)

Letter of Expression of Interest in becoming a member (pdf)

New Members Information Form (docx)

New Members Information Form (pdf)