Conservatory of Mediterranean Heritage (COPAM)


Location : France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya.
Beginning of the project : Spring 2020
Project holders : City of Arles / Cities and Heritage Association
Sector : Heritage / Culture / Vocational Training / Economy
Partners : Southern Region, UNESCO


At the level of the 5+5 states, nearly 200 properties are inscribed on the World Heritage List. Further 200 properties are currently on the Tentative Lists, the first step in the application process for registration. Whether cultural, natural, or mixed properties, the ‘Conservatory of Mediterranean Heritage’ (CoPaM) intends to give its full attention to this exceptional universal wealth by combining the conservation and restoration of property, sometimes in peril, and their enhancement in value at the service of the sustainable development of the territories. Convinced that ‘heritage is the future’ as it is a remarkable source of activities, jobs, and a lever for social cohesion, COPAM will put youth and digital technologies at the heart of its action.


City of Arles located in the territory of the Southern region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the early 1990s, Arles has chosen to implement an ambitious policy that has led to exemplary local economic development with measurable economic benefits: 20% of the working population works in the heritage sector.


€5,500,000 to launch COPAM and implement the projects.


  • Total cost: €5,500,000
  • Creation of 5 jobs


This project is organised around 3 founding principles:

  • Its legitimacy is based on the recognition of the outstanding universal value of ‘world heritage’ properties by UNESCO Member States,
  • Its strength is to combine conservation of the ‘world heritage’ and sustainable development of the territories,
  • Its ambition is the mobilisation of youth and new technologies.


The impacts sought through the creation of COPAM will concern the Western Mediterranean countries. They are of a cultural nature (enhancement of the world heritage, conservation, digital memory, transmission, etc.), economic nature (acceleration of local development, job creation, training of young people, development of tourist activities, etc.), and social nature (improvement of the standard of living of the inhabitants and the well-being of the populations, etc.).


Creation of COPAM in spring 2020
Launch of pilot projects in January 2020