Management and programming procedures of the Ecomuseum are controlled by the Regulations.

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Art 1 – Structure and trademark

  1. The Municipalities of Lanzada, Caspoggio, Chiesa in Valmalenco, Torre di Santa Maria and Spriana have set up an Ecomuseum, named exclusively “ECOMUSEUM OF THE VALMALENCO” (hereinafter also referred to only as Ecomuseum), as a not-for-profit, cultural organisation.
  2. These regulations control the procedures to manage and programme the Ecomuseum.
  3. The Ecomuseum is based on the area which matches the territories of the Municipalities of Lanzada, Caspoggio, Chiesa in Valmalenco, Torre di Santa Maria and Spriana. The Ecomuseum is clearly identified and marked by its own landscape, environmental, socio-economic, historic-cultural and socio-environmental characteristics, inherent in its history and in the transformations of the places within the reference area.
  4. The Ecomuseum has its own exclusive Internet domain and trademark which distinguish it.
  5. The use of the trademark is regulated by a document of the Advisory Board of the“ECOMUSEUM OF THE VALMALENCO”.

Art 2 - Registered office

  1. The registered office of the Ecomuseum is in the Municipality of Lanzada, via San Giovanni, No. 432.
  2. The Ecomuseum may have additional operative offices to be identified during the start-up phase.

Art 3 – Purposes, aims and identity

The purposes, aims and identity of the“ECOMUSEUM OF THE VALMALENCO” are those envisaged in point 4 of Art. 1 of Regional Law N°13 of 12 July 2007 (Recognition of the ecomuseums to give added value to local culture and traditions for environmental, landscape, cultural, tourist and economic purposes), and in particular:

  • to strengthen the sense of belonging of local people by reclaiming and giving value to the historic roots of the communities of the Valmalenco, by collecting and making an inventory of information, data, documents and other things to be catalogued;
  • to create a catalogue of the entire environmental and cultural heritage of the Valmalenco and a network, which will enable it to interact with the citizens;
  • to encourage the direct participation of the communities, cultural and scholastic institutions and local associations in the processes of adding value, conducting research and actively using and promoting the cultural-tangible, intangible-social and environmental heritage of the Valmalenco, including the “skills” that have been handed down and the traditions;
  • to conserve, repair and restore traditional living and work environments, in order to hand down the evidence and transformations of tangible and intangible culture and also to reconstruct the evolution of customs in the life and work of the local populations, in their religious, cultural, recreational and productive traditions, in their use of natural resources, technologies, energy sources and materials used in the agricultural, craft and industrial production;
  • to valorise the territories and their heritage of traditional and historic properties, movable goods and tools, work instruments, artistic and craft objects, musical instruments and every other object which can be used to provide a true reconstruction of both internal and external, traditional, living environments, in order to safeguard and maintain them, and to reinforce the local relationship networks;
  • to reconstruct traditional environments of life and work in order to produce goods and services to offer visitors, by creating opportunities not only to use and sell local products, but also for teaching, sport and leisure purposes in general;
  • to directly carry out studies and research to gain knowledge and valorise the unusual aspects of the “ECOMUSEUM OF THE VALMALENCO”.

Art 4 – Management and financial resources

  1. The Ecomuseum has its own administrative, cultural and scientific management, which can be carried out directly or by the appointment of a Management Body. It also has its own financial configuration.
  2. The financial resources required to carry out the activities of the Ecomuseum come from;
    • the annual membership fees and any voluntary contributions by the members which may be requested according to the needs and the operations of the Association;
    • contributions by public and private bodies and by any other physical or legal person;
    • any payments, donations or legacies;
    • any income from services provided by the Ecomuseum;
    • its own sales, publications, gadgets, tour guides, etc;
    • direct commercial businesses, such as bars, catering, sale of local products, etc.

Art 5 -Participating Technical/scientifico Committee

  1. To support programming a special participating Technical/scientific Committee is set up, composed of the Chairman of the Advisory Board or his delegate and, if necessary, by a representative of the MAnagement Body (Art 6, paragraph 2 of these regulations) and by the Coordinator/contact person of the Ecomuseum. The Committee also includes another 3 to 5 people, appointed by the Advisory Board. These persons shall have good knowledge of the territories, the heritage or history of the Valmalenco, or of local community life. They must have proven experience in the cultural, scientific, artistic, ethno-anthropological or tourist sector. The Committee expresses non-binding opinions and must be informed at least once every six months on the activity programmed and carried out by the Management Body. In particular it is involved in:
    • work to organise the ecomuseum activities;
    • monitoring the state of conservation of the structures and itineraries;
    • controlling the work of the Management Body and checking the protocol of understanding or management agreement is followed correctly.
  2. The Committee is convened and chaired by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee or his delegate, and meets at least once a year before the approval of the financial statement. Although its decisions are not binding, they are made by a simple majority of those present.
  3. All those involved in the activities of the Ecomuseum can take part in the Committee meetings (without the right to vote).
  4. Those people the Committee deems opportune to use can always be invited to the Committee sessions.
  5. The members of the participating Technical/scientific Committee take an active part in the meetings without receiving any fee and/or token payment. The reimbursement of expenses to take part in the meetings or for special assignments can be authorised.

Art 6 – Programming and Management Body

  1. Muncipal Administrations, owners of all the structures for the Ecomuseum, can assign it for use by a Management Body (a structure which manages the administrative, cultural and scientific work of the Ecomuseum), with which a renewable protocol of understanding or agreement will be signed.
    Renewal shall be examined and arranged six months before the expiry date.
    This Body shall operate in compliance with these regulations and with the instructions from the Municipal Administrations.
    It shall also attempt to coordinate with the work of local associations, and with local agricultural, craft and tourist/commercial businesses.
  2. The Management Body carries out the following functions:
    • to propose to the Ecomuseum Advisory Board a general outline of the cultural policy for the Ecomuseum, which it should use to achieve the purposes given in Article 3;
    • to propose the procedures to use the contributions and present the requests for funding as Management Body;
    • to govern the Ecomuseum, set out the annual programme of activities and the opening hours to the public; to encourage meetings within the Ecomuseum territory at all levels;
    • to set out the budget compatible with the resources actually available;
    • to implement the Ecomuseum cultural, scientific, educational and traintng activities. Documentation will be carried out in collaboration with the Archive of Ethnography and Social History (AESS) of the Lombardy Region, by means of a special agreement, and with other scientific organisations; the documentation shall be organised and promoted according to regional and national standards;
    • to organise exhibits and tours of the artistic heritage and other places, to other European and world ecomuseums, to promote and publish studies on the local history, traditions, dialect and folklore;
    • to encourage and increase collaboration with the schools in Lombardy and, if possible, with universities and their study centres;
    • to forge relationships of collaboration and links with museums and ecomuseums operating not only within the region, but also nationally and overseas;
    • to involve local voluntary associations and the population in the activities promoted by the Ecomuseum;
    • to encourage and develop the Lombard, national and international network of ecomuseums;
    • to identify and appoint the coordinator/contact person of the Ecomuseum, together with the local administrations and to appoint a representative within the participating Technical/scientific Committee.

    The Management Body does not have to carry out all the activities directly. It can outsource services or activities.
    It shall operate so as to develop the ecomuseum by actively involving the local community, associations and commercial businesses.

Art 7 – Coordinator/contact person

  1. The Coordinator/contact person of the Ecomuseum (hereinafter referred to only as Coordinator) is appointed by the Ecomuseum Advisory Board, or in the case of an external operator by the Management Body.
  2. The Coordinator must hold a degree (5-year degree according to the old system or a 2-year specialisation course under the new system) preferably in the Arts, and a curriculum vitae which justifies the appointment.
  3. The Coordinator has the following tasks:
    • to prepare the annual programme of the activities to submit to the Mangement Body;
    • to prepare the draft of the financial statement;
    • to implement the decisions of the Management Body;
    • to perform the tasks entrusted to him by the Management Body;
    • to coordinate the activities of the Ecomuseum and ensure their success.

Art 8 – Procedures to procure financial, instrumental and human resources

Financial resources shall be found as indicated in Article 6 paragraph 2.
Instrumental resources will arise mainly from investments programmed together with the local administrations and the participating Technical/scientific Committee.
The Ecomuseum shall employ human resources to carry out the aforementioned basic programme, using volunteers from the local population and those who are particularly interested in the ecomuseum project.
Furthermore, human reources will be found by collaborating in particular with local associations.

Art 9 – Procedures to involve the population and other parties operating within the territory

The Ecomuseum shall pledge maximum commitment to involving the local population in its activities, encouraging their participation with targeted initiatives, meetings, forums and events. It will collaborate with all the cultural, religious, sports, social, music organisations and libraries operating within the territory and with outlying municipalities to consolidate and increase the extent of the Ecomuseum. At the same time, it will organise events and advertising, which valorise the commercial businesses involved in developing the ecomuseum, in order to encourage local sustainable development for a social/economic and tourist/cultural revival.

Art 10 – Entry into force

These regulations enter into force when the work of the Ecomuseum commences.

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