A quick view on ISTER

The story of ISTER began in the 2010th, when Anca Virginas worked for the North-West Regional Development Agency in Romania. She was asking herself why the Roman Roads were not a marked and protected area in the general urban plan of a town/village and she was thinking of “What a great experience can be, walking on the roman road, from Porolissum to Rome!!” In 2014 she met Pietro Elisei, the chief of urbasofia (a planning company in Bucharest), and they startetd to develop ideas how this tremendous treasure could be used. On the map of the Roman Empire, dating from 117 AD, the river Danube used to be called in Ancient Greece – ISTER. So they found a name for a project which was approved in the 3rd call of the Danube Transnational Programm, in the spring of 2020.

Impressions of the Danube

Main objectives of ISTER

The Danube Transnational Programme strengthens joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural assets in the Danube region, as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies. Moreover, the programme envisions investing in the creation and/or maintenance of ecological corridors of transnational relevance in the Danube region. One of the specific objectives covered by Priority 2 is to foster the sustainable use of natural and cultural resources, as well as heritage.
The ISTER project, implemented under the Interreg Danube transnational program, addresses the challenge of Roman heritage discontinuity. The project tackles the territorial dimension of the Roman Routes, as a contiguous transnational element that passes DR states’ borders and provides a relevant scale for exchange and joint development. Therefore, ISTER’s main objective focuses on rediscovering and revitalizing the ancient Roman Roads Network along the DR as a key driver in promoting territorial development based on sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage.

ISTER is leveraging on three key assets to increase local attractiveness:
• Adopting a multi-layered governance chain aimed at strengthening knowledge framework and institutional capacities of DR actors through capacity building and collective knowledge mapping
• Using advanced tools and technologies for enhancing non-physical accessibility, visibility and valorisation of Roman routes and settlements network, laying the foundation for a thematic cultural route based on Roman heritage with a narrative function, reviving ancient assets and promoting non-renewable and fragile, but yet unexplored and unexploited Roman legacy;
• Acquiring the shift from old policy approaches (protection through isolation) to new, integrative methods for improving the policy and regulatory framework in Danube crossed-regions.

ISTER partners

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