ARABARRI - a public body devoted to regional cultural heritage management of the 25 rural historic towns and villages

Project information

Index: 1146R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location ESPAÑA NORESTE Province of Álava País Vasco Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1989

Topic of the practice

vertical governance and administrative procedures for cultural heritage protection and urban planning

Good Practice Information

The Álava County Council founded ARABARRI in 1989 as an Urban Planning Society devoted to management of rural historic towns. Shareholders of ARABARRI include Alava County Council and 18 rural municipalities. ARABARRI works for all of them as their own Urban Planning Society. ARABARRI currently deals with 25 villages smaller than 4,000 inhabitants listed as Historic Towns. ARABARRI is a tool of
local governments and functions as coordinating mechanism between urban planning and heritage protection policies and regulations. ARABARRI deals with heritage issues over a wide territory, establishing strategies that overflow administrative boundaries. Programs carried out by ARABARRI are divided into 1) Assistance to private owners, 2) Public Initiative Works, 3) Knowledge and Dissemination.

Evidence of success

ARABARRI has contributed to an integrated management policy in rural historic towns. ARABARRI provides house owners with technical advice and help at administrative procedures. Since 1989 it has granted more than 2,600 restoration works in Álava and contributed to improve quality of life in historic towns by renovating infrastructures, improving public spaces and restoring relevant monuments.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Gabriel Basterra Gil / Juan Carlos Espada

Arabako Lanak, S.A.U / Fundación Tecnalia /

Annex completed on: 04-29-2013

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