Management of cultural heritage areas in rural-urban interface zones in Lithuania: the elaboration of provisions of the National Landscape Management Plan
Keywords:rural-urban interface, rurban areas, immovable cultural heritage, heritage area, cultural landscape, heritage management, Lithuania
The management of rural-urban interface areas must take into account their local peculiarities including heritage features and, vice versa, the management of cultural heritage in the rurban zones should consider the unusual dynamic and heterogeneous character of these areas. The document under analysis in this research - the National Landscape Management Plan of the Republic of Lithuania - presents the outline for heritage management in the landscape context, although contains no particular guidelines for rurban landscapes. Consequently, the aim of this research was elaborating the provisions of the National Landscape Management Plan regarding the management of heritage areas in the active rurban zones surrounding the largest cities of the country. The article includes the discussion of the rurban problematics in Lithuanian landscape planning and the analysis of the heritage questions (landscape approach, distribution, and typology) in the National Landscape Management Plan. The research result is the provisions for management of cultural heritage in the rurban zones based on the National Landscape Management Plan. They include the general management provisions, the protection regimes and preservation means, possible uses and protection zones, the aesthetic goals, the image and identity of rurban zones in the context of heritage management, and the need and intensity of innovations in the context of heritage management provisions as peculiar to rurban areas.