How Can a Village Become Remarkable?
The last edition of this year’s CGR Meetings, hosted by the Centre for Regional Geography, was marked by the activity of Cluj Cultural Centre, an NGO from Cluj-Napoca. The presentation was focused on some partial results of Remarkable Romania, an ongoing project, which aims to contribute to local and regional development through stimulation of culture and valorisation of the cultural heritage. Ştefan Teişanu and Mihai Giurgiu, the initiators of this project, presented the role of Cluj Cultural Centre and some of the conditions that the rural space in Romania must meet in order to stand out and become remarkable. The project aims to provide support to the involved communities to find the best development opportunities. The villages in which an array of activities are carried out by the community members/ promoters, with impact on the long-term conservation of the village, but also targeting the local development of the rural area, will be proposed as examples of good practice at national level. In this regard, a network of 12 pilot communes was set up in 2019 to reach 40 members in 2021.