«GREECE – CYPRUS 2014-2020»

Project Title: “Network of Open Eco-Museums for the Promotion and Mild Enhancement of Areas with Environmental History” (Acronym: Eco.Muse)

Priority Axis 3: Conservation and protection of environment and risk prevention

Thematic Objective 6: Preservation and protection of the environment and

Investment Priority 6c: Conservation, protection, promotion and development of natural and cultural heritage

Specific Objective 3.2: Improving the attractiveness of areas of natural and cultural interest


The project concerns the development of two Open Eco-Museums located in the area of ​​the Regional Unity of Lassithi, Crete, namely in Sitia and Agios Nikolaos and one Open Eco-museum in the area of ​​Marathasa (Limassol, Cyprus), with the aim of developing areas with the active participation of local communities, based on a holistic sustainable approach. Through the project, a model network of open space Museums (Eco-Museums) will be developed, with the aim of its cross-border adoption.

The Open Eco-museum to be developed in Sitia will be based in the olive tree and the time-growing culture around it and its products, by deploying a model participatory oil mill at the same time. At Agios Nikolaos, the objective of the Open Eco-museum is related to the actual way of structure with which the overall area (Kolokitha peninsula and the wider area) is organized, namely the natural landscape (flora, water, soil etc.) and the human landscape (buildings, stone-built dividers, mills etc.) and their representations through time. At Mount Troodos, the entire area of ​​Marathasa in Limassol will be transformed into an Open Eco-Museum, with reference to its natural and cultural heritage stock (paths, ancient & Byzantine monuments, folk art, traditional professions), its connection with local economic activities and the creation of sites for cultural education.


The project concerns the strengthening of areas with rich natural and cultural heritage that face the risk of partial abandonment, as well as the promotion and protection of the natural and structured environment, aiming at its rational and mild development through the active participation of local social and professional bodies, and enriching the areas with economic-social-cultural activities, creating a peculiar “environmental” product (rebranding).

The development approach of an area as an Open Eco-Museum contributes to the promotion of its components, based on its emblematic characteristics, thus creating conditions for its developmental restart. The special characteristics of each area, part of the development of an Eco-Museum, create conditions for the discretion of the area and the strengthening of its identity and attractiveness.

The project aims at the following:

  • avoid abandonment of mountainous communities, highlighting the identity of the area, developing a common approach to an integrated network design of transnational Eco-Museums;
  • exchange of know-how and twinning of the 2 areas in Greece and Cyprus;
  • integrated sustainable management of natural environment & anthropogenic activities, increase of visiting by the creation of particular environmental-friendly products, and development of multi-thematic forms of tourism;
  • extension of the touristic season through the development of a multi-thematic tourism product;
  • strengthen and protection of natural & cultural heritage sites;
  • reuse of abandoned building stock;
  • interconnection of visitor sites with fragmental operation; and
  • promote experiential education.


Title: Network of Open Eco-Museums for the Promotion and Mild Enhancement of Areas with Environmental History

Acronym: Eco.Muse

Start Date: 01/06/2021

End Date: 31/05/2023

Status of operation: In progress

Total budget: €2,435,000.00

European Union Contribution (ERDF): €2,069,750.00


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