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Development of the My Cult-Rural Toolkit

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Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Ecogeographer, 1 Ventonraze (Fenten Ras), Illogan, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 4RY, UK
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Department of Architecture, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Room 402, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Academic Editor: Kyle Maurice Woosnam
Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7128; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137128
Received: 16 May 2021 / Revised: 18 June 2021 / Accepted: 23 June 2021 / Published: 25 June 2021
The EU H2020 RURITAGE project takes 20 case studies, considered to be Role Models (RMs) of successful heritage-led rural regeneration from Europe, to analyze them and transfer knowledge and learning to a network of Replicators (Rs). To quantify the success of these RURITAGE interventions, a monitoring framework has been developed which includes a range of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and a co-monitoring program. This program takes a bottom-up approach working with key stakeholders to understand their values. The My Cult-Rural Toolkit described in this paper has been designed and developed to support the co-monitoring program. The toolkit includes various methods allowing expert and non-expert engagement with the landscape valuation process through embodied and situated approaches. All the co-monitoring tools share the principle of gathering data through real-time interaction in the place of interest, following principles of the embodied approach to ecosystems’ valuation. The toolkit employs both participatory hands-on workshops (Mini-Landscapes, Object Mapping, and Walking Maps) for in-depth understanding of values attached with landscape, and digital mobile apps (Rate my View App and Landscape Connect App) for exploratory, participatory mapping. This paper describes the toolkit and discusses benefits and limitations of its usage in the context of co-monitoring of cultural and natural heritage (CNH) inspired rural change. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural and natural heritage; stakeholder engagement; rural regeneration; participatory tools; landscape; participatory mobile application (App); values mapping; embodied ecosystems cultural and natural heritage; stakeholder engagement; rural regeneration; participatory tools; landscape; participatory mobile application (App); values mapping; embodied ecosystems
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Martin, J.; Williamson, D.; Łucznik, K.; Guy, J.A. Development of the My Cult-Rural Toolkit. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7128. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137128

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