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Euromed Heritage views cultural heritage as an opportunity for proper development. It recognises the power of systemic change within the context of the social and cultural realities within which it operates. Through its actions, it tackles heritage in a responsible and proper manner and tries to promote the right parametres in order to achieve proper development. As a regional programme funded by the European Union since 1998, Euromed Heritage has contributed substantially to the development of cultural heritage of the Mediterranean Region at many levels and within an approach that promotes socio-economic development among local communities, while contributing to the enhancement of regional identities. Euromed Heritage 4 represents a further milestone in the process of recognizing 'culture' as a catalyst for mutual understanding among the people of the Mediterranean, and aims to facilitate the appropriation by people of their own national and regional cultural legacy through easier access to education and knowledge on cultural heritage. The three trigger words for the programme operation in this fourth phase are awareness-raising, accessibility, and integrated management; they underpin all aspects of implementation of all the twelve projects in the programme. Capacity-building and training have proliferated across the programme and have contributed in a major way to improve performance and raise awareness among partners, actors, etc. Training workshops have covered diverse areas such as communication and media tools and applications, digitising and archiving, recording and safeguarding intangible heritage, and training for youth in cultural heritage appreciation. Specialised workshops covering relevant themes have contributed to improve and widen knowledge on aspects of CH that are important to the intellectual content of projects and hence to enrich their outputs, including the publications. They pay special attention to the outstanding aspects of the programme: aspects of conservation and management of heritage sites and heritage ‘goods’, aspects of heritage management, including public involvement and tourism development, the relationship between cultural heritage and the environment: how to improve energy performances in architectural and urban heritage. Other actions go beyond the project and target more particularly authorities in Mediterranean Partner countries of the EU - Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, and Tunisia. Taking into account the existing international framework of reference such as legal conventions, international panels and workshops and following a joined-up approach, Euromed Heritage promotes specific actions for updating the laws and services to reflect the evolution of the concept of heritage and works on the development of shared methodologies and the exchange of results among the Mediterranean Partners countries. These actions are based on the assumption that the improvement of existing institutional and legal frameworks represents a crucial step for the good management of cultural heritage.