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EFFORTS Annual Congress and Annual General Meeting

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What do water and forts have in common? Public authorities should work together to establish EU quality projects in fortified heritage.

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The Antwerp 2019 EFFORTS Congress has two main goals :

1. To discuss water issues, crucial to all fortified heritage. The venue of the City of Antwerp offers an excellent opportunity for discussion on the use of water for fortifications, drainage, and climate adaptation measures.

2. To support EFFORTS members and future members building European projects. The congress will be dedicated to networking and exchange in workshops and visits.

The EFFORTS Congress key message is: Local and regional authorities should work together to establish European quality projects in fortified heritage in order to preserve and re-use common European heritage through sustainable development, among which are water related projects. By this, they will contribute to the post-2018 European Framework for Culture and the 2020+ EU policies.

On the day before the 28-29 November congress, the EFFORTS AGM will welcome all EFFORTS Members on the afternoon of 27/11.

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Registration information : see end of the document.

EFFORTS Annual General Meeting

27 November 2019

15.30-17h.

Venue : Felix Archive, Oudeleeuwenrui 29

Antwerp, Belgium

For EFFORTS 2019 Paying institutional members.

15h. Reception members with coffee

15h.30 AGM

Draft agenda :

1. Welcome

2. Announcements

3. Approval of the Agenda

4. Brief Activity Report 2018

5. Membership Strategy status

6. Financial Report 2018

7. Auditors’ report (Lex Roolvink - Thomas O’Neill)

8. ACTION Plan 2020-2021

9. Budget 2020 - 2021

10. Election of Board Members

11. Other business

19h. Informal meet-up in town.

EFFORTS CONGRESS

“FORTIFIED HERITAGE and WATER –

The EUROPEAN DIMENSION”

Thursday 28 – Friday 29 November 2019

Venue : Felix Archive, Oudeleeuwenrui 29

Antwerp, Belgium

Goals and Key Message of the third annual EFFORTS Congress :

The Antwerp 2019 EFFORTS Congress has two main goals :

1. To discuss water issues, crucial to all fortified heritage. The venue of the City of Antwerp offers an excellent opportunity for discussion on the use of water for fortifications, drainage, and climate adaptation measures.

2. To support EFFORTS members and future members building European projects. The congress will be dedicated to networking and exchange in workshops and visits.

The EFFORTS Congress key message is: Local and regional authorities should work together to establish European quality projects in fortified heritage in order to preserve and re-use common European heritage through sustainable development, among which are water related projects. By this, they will contribute to the post-2018 European Framework for Culture and the 2020+ EU policies.

CONGRESS DRAFT AGENDA

Thursday 28 November

8:30-9:30 Registration of congress participants and coffee

INTRODUCTION

9:30-10:00 Congress Welcome:

Bart DE WEVER, Mayor of Antwerp

Frank PETTER, Mayor of Bergen op Zoom, President of EFFORTS

Johan VEECKMAN, Head of Heritage Department Antwerp

10:00-10:20 Keynote Speech :

European Heritage Culture policy post-2018 / EU Climate Environmental policy

European Commissioner for Culture / Climate / Environment (tbc)

Congress presidency : Frank PETTER

Part 1 : FORTIFICATIONS, WATER and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

10:20-10:50 European military heritage and water engineering: past and present

Piet LOMBAERDE, Professor University of Antwerp

10:50-11:20 How can city fortifications contribute to present-day water management? The restauration of Lillo fortress and the SIGMA flood defence project.

Karen MINSAER, Head of Archeology Department, City of Antwerp, with Evelyn ADRIAENSEN, project leader Lillo fortress, City of Antwerp, and David VERHOESTRAETE (Cluster-Landscape)

11:20 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00-12:20 Climate change is a social issue and the role of fortification heritage

Message of Kathleen VAN BREMPT, Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

Part 2 : BREAK-OUT 1 - EUROPEAN COOPERATION MAPPING, WORKSHOPS

12:20-13:30 Introduction and break-out into the simultaneous Workshops “Mapping interest in water and other projects for European cooperation”. Participants have subscribed for one at congress registration.

- 1. Water for Defence / Defence for water, discussion leader : Huibert Crijns (City of ‘s Hertogenbosch) – report : Karen Minsaer (City of Antwerp)

o Defence landscapes have in the past often combined engineering skills with amphibious landscape qualities. Now this European heritage offers chances for climate adaptation. Could the inundation fields be used to retain water or serve as overflow relief? Can we use the system of sluices and weirs to drive up water and use the kinetic power to generate energy, using old technology like waterwheels? Can we again open up canals and waterways to the tides, harnessing the tidal power even in a urban context, all the while creating a more climate-resilient landscape? And how far are we willing to go to change the very fabric of historic defence landscapes to adapt to a changing world? Can we use solar panels to evocate the shapes of defence works and inundation fields, adding visibility to an invisible landscape layer, while at the same moment generating energy? And what about the masonry conservation challenges ? What do cities and regions do in the reuse of water fortifications and water management?

- 2. Defence Lines (water and other defence lines), discussion leader : Mathieu De Meyer (Raversyde, Province of West-Vlaanderen) – report : Luc Olyslager (Stichting Simon Stevin VVC)

o Europe is composed of ancient and more recent defence lines, from UK’s Hadrian’s wall, via the Spanish fortifications and the Wellington Barrier and WWI and WWII defences, to the Cold War Dutch IJssel-line. Former signs of the division of the continent and its islands, their relevance, besides its architectural, technical and historical value, is to connect former European enemies in a modern European Union and its allies. Today, defence lines at their common European heritage have the role of a bridge between countries, cultures and people. Which are Europe’s defence lines? Which can play a role in future European collaborative projects, like historic and touristic routes or platform for cultural action, or can be the object of economic or environmental development ?

- 3. Fortified Knowledge for economic and social development, discussion leader : Ɖurđa Vrljević Šarić (Šibenik Fortress of Culture) – report : Bernou Wagenaar (City of Oost Gelre)

o Cultural and creative industries can ensure innovation and high-quality services. Fortified heritage being an integral part of European cohesion, has the potential to build bridges between tradition, innovation and education. Its repair, maintenance and development – based on research and knowledge – offer opportunities not only for a large range of local businesses and larger companies professionals, but also for non-professionals and volunteers. Fortified heritage triggers a spill-over effect into other industrial sectors, such as tourism, retail, and digital technologies. With innovative initiatives, fortified heritage presents an opportunity for job creation. Moreover, the conservation cultural and catering sectors for instance are ideally suited for the influx of experienced professionals who can transfer their years of experience to younger generations or specific social groups distanced from the labour market. What can be concrete proposals for action in social economic development ?

13:30-14:15 Lunch

14:15 1st SITE VISIT - Leaving the congress venue for Museum aan de Stroom (MAS-‘Museum at the River’): Hanzestedenplaats 1, a 3 min walk from the Congress venue.

14:30-15:20 Visit to MAS top floor: Showing the Antwerp waterfront projects

Nancy MEIJSMANS, Real Estate Department, and Karen MINSAER, Head of Archeology Department, City of Antwerp

Part 3 : BREAK-OUT 2- EUROPEAN PROJECTS MAPPING, THEMATIC WORKING GROUPS

15:45-16:00 Introduction and break-out into the simultaneous Working groups “Mapping European funding possibilities”. Participants have subscribed for one at congress registration.

- 1. Environmental EU projects, by (tbc) – report : Philip Lenders (Environmental Department Antwerp)

o The EU LIFE programme consists of funding for nature conservation projects in particular in the areas of biodiversity, habitats and species. It provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy and law, best practices and solutions. It also promotes knowledge sharing and integrated approaches, such as for climate change mitigation strategies and action plans at local, regional or national level. How can fortified heritage projects support this policy and vice versa ?

- 2. Cultural EU projects, by Barbara Gessler (Head of Unit Culture at the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) – report : Rafaël Deroo (EFFORTS)

o The EU Creative Europe programme is the only programme focusing exclusively cultural and creative activities and enterprises, it falls under the 'Cohesion and values' heading of the 2021-2027 EU budget. Under the proposed programme, the economic dimension and the sector’s contribution to job creation and economic growth is one axis alongside its social dimension. What are the possibilities for fortified heritage partners cooperation in this field ?

- 3. Socio-Economic a.o. EU development projects (Interreg), by Hanne Witters (Antwerp Province Interreg contact point) – report : Darragh O’Suilleabhain (Cork, Fort Meagher)

o The European Union is strengthening its economic, social and territorial cohesion. In particular, the EU aims at reducing disparities between the levels of development of its various regions and cities. Special attention is paid to, among others, rural an urban areas, areas affected by industrial transition and cross-border regions. Can fortified heritage reuse in Europe’s regions and cities contribute to the improvement of regional or urban spatial and socio-economic development ?

16:00-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-17:45 Results of the workshops and working groups and plenary discussion

Presided by Lex ROOLVINK (Mayor of Grave, Netherlands) with the six workshop and thematic working group rapporteurs. Short presentation of EFFORTS European Funding Professionals Network (EFPN)

17:45-18:45 Presentation of EFFORTS European Fortress Days 2019 and 2020 and presentation of the EFFORTS AWARD 2019 (with Frank PETTER, EFFORTS President)

Juke van NIEKERK, Stichting Liniebreed Ondernemen

19:00-21:00 Dinner reception offered by the City of Antwerp (at Congress venue).

21:00 Walk to pub in the old town (Grote Markt area)

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Friday 29 November

8:15 – 8:45 : Reception and coffee, luggage drop at the Congress venue

Part 4 : WATER PROJECT VISIT

8:45-9:30 Antwerp Waterfront Quays Masterplan introductory presentation for the visit (at Congress venue)

9:30-11:00 2nd SITE VISIT – Antwerp Waterfront Masterplan and medieval castle ‘Steen’, Jordaankaai

9:30-10:00 Walk from congress venue, alongside Scheldt river boulevard to Steen castle

10:00-10:30 Visit of the Steen castle and surroundings

10:30-11:00 Walk back to Congress venue.

Part 5 : FUTURE EUROPEAN COOPERATION

Conference presidency : Huib van OLDEN

11:15-11:30 Recapture the Fortress Cities’ Interreg Europe project

Huibert CRIJNS, ‘s Hertogenbosch (with / or RFC project leader)

11:30-11:45 European Quality Principles and Cultural Heritage

Tuija LIND, Suomenlinna, EFFORTS / ICOMOS

11:45-12:00 Future fortified heritage cooperation

Daniele SFERRA (ISAM)

12:00-12:15 Conclusions of the congress: ‘EFFORTS Antwerp Statement 2019’

Frank PETTER, EFFORTS President

12:15-12:30 Presentation of the venue of the 2020 EFFORTS Congress

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Part 6 : CONGRESS END

13:30-14:00 3rd SITE VISIT - Walk to KIPDORP GATE excavation site, Kipdorpbrug / Italiëlei.

For those taking the train, take luggage

14:00-14:15 Luggage drop at Kipdorp Gate, Photo and Press Moment

14:15-16:00 Visit of the KIPDORP GATE excavation area, Kipdorpbrug / Italiëlei

Karen MINSAER, Head of Archeology Department, City of Antwerp

16:00-17:30 Network reception offered by the city of Antwerp at the Kipdorp site venue.

The network reception venue is a 10 minute walk from the Antwerp Central Station.

End of the congress – see you in 2020 !

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EFFORTS

EFFORTS is a European network organisation established in 2017 to share knowledge and practical expertise on military heritage, such as walled towns, forts and defence lines. The basis for EFFORTS was laid during the final conference of the At Fort Interreg IVC project in Suomenlinna, Helsinki (Finland 2014) and international conferences on military heritage in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands 2016) and Berlin-Spandau Zitadelle (Germany 2017). Today EFFORTS unites more than 50 European fortified sites and networks and is growing. Since 2018 EFFORTS has been a European professional representation of fortified sites. It is member of the Europa Nostra managed European Heritage Alliance 3.3. Today EFFORTS’ main mission is the structuring of European cooperation and keeping military fortified heritage on the European policy agenda. EFFORTS believes that European cooperation is the key to achieving its goals. Any local or regional authority and any person actively engaged in the protection and re-use of military heritage at European, national, regional or local level is welcome to join EFFORTS. The EFFORTS’ aim is to enhance structural European cooperation and coordination, to share expertise, to promote personal cooperation and to put fortified heritage on the agenda as a permanent link with our common European history. This in order to make a sustainable contribution to Europe’s economic, energy, spatial development and social challenges.

More information : www.efforts-europe.eu

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

A. CONTACT and VENUE info

rafael.deroo@efforts-europe.eu (general Efforts Europe Congress and AGM contact)

karen.minsaer@antwerpen.be (City of Antwerp)

The central congress event takes place in the City of Antwerp, Felixarchief (Felix Archive), Address : Oudeleeuwenrui 29, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium.

Access also possible from north entrance at Godefriduskaai.

Train to Antwerp : Antwerpen Central Station.

You can reach the Congress venue by public transport: trams 7.

Visited locations are in walking distance from the congress venue.

B. MAPS (see website EFFORTS)

C.REGISTRATION EFFORTS CONGRESS and AGM

Congress central contact: Rafaël Deroo, EFFORTS secretariat at info@efforts-europe.eu

In 2 STEPS :

1.)Register via eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/efforts-annual-congress-and-annual-general-meeting-tickets-64010789996

2.)Send to info@efforts-europe.eu the following information PER PARTICIPANT (copy the text below in your mail message) :

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EFFORTS CONGRESS 2019

Check with ‘X’ what is appropriate:

Participates in EFFORTS AGM (only members can vote) :

Participates in EFFORTS CONGRESS :

Participates in EFFORTS AGM + CONGRESS :

If you participate in the AGM on 27/11, there is no dinner organised (‘personal time’).

Participants in the Congress :

Participates in the 28 November Lunch: Y/N

Participates in the 28 November Dinner Reception: Y/N

Participates in the 29 November Lunch : Y/N

Check with ‘X’ where it applies :

-Choose one (X)

Participates in workshop 1 :

Participates in workshop 2 :

Participates in workshop 3 :

-Choose one (X)

Participates in thematic working group 1 :

Participates in thematic working group 2 :

Participates in thematic working group 3 :

Obligatory registration information, only to be used by and for the EFFORTS association:

NAME PARTICIPANT:

NAME ORGANISATION:

POSTAL ADDRESS:

MAIL ADDRESS:

TEL. NR : +

2.) Pay for your participation to the AGM / Congress :

2019 Annual Congress general fee pp. 210 euro

If you are a 2019 paying member and choose to use the 10% discount fee

190 euro

(only AGM participation : resp. 110 and 100 euro pp)

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To:

EFFORTS Account nr IBAN: BE58736045038679

BIC: KREDBEBB

MENTION: ‘2019ANTWERP + your name (main contact)’

Your registration is only valid when the fee has been received on the Efforts account on 15 November 2019 at the latest.

D.Proposed HOTEL ACCOMODATION :

Address north side : Godefriduskaai / southside: Oudeleeuwenrui 29 - public transport (see the Antwerp public transport map above): take tram nr. 7 north towards Brouwersvliet stop and walk east on Oudeleeuwenrui until you see the venue on your left (nr. 29).

In the immediate neighborhood, 5 min walk of the Congress venue at Felix Archive you have 2 larger hotels (but also a series of B&B’s) :

-Holiday Inn : Italielei 2a Het Eilandje , Antwerp, 2000

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/antwerp/anrhe/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-BE-_-ANRHE

-Best Western Hotel Docklands

https://www.hoteldocklands.be/

At 30 minutes from the venue, in the center of Antwerp 2 hotels are recommended :

-Theaterhotel, Arenbergstraat 30, 2000 Antwerp

https://www.theater-hotel.be/

-IBIS Theaterplein, Meistraat 39, 2000 Antwerp

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1453-ibis-antwerpen-centrum/index.shtml

Or use the Antwerp City booking website:

https://antwerpconventionbureau.be/nl/acb/booking-desk/

https://secure.cubilis.eu/group/antwerpconventionbureau?lang=en

E. FORTIFIED HERITAGE

in Antwerp and the Antwerp region

In English and google photo information :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortifications_of_Antwerp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Redoubt_(Belgium)

https://www.google.com/search?q=Spanish+walls+Antwerp&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjL3tSipajjAhUEVc0KHe-YCjUQsAR6BAgDEAE&biw=1536&bih=754

https://www.google.com/search?q=rechttrekken+schelde&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi57t_BpajjAhWIKM0KHY8fAhwQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1536&bih=754

In Dutch :

https://www.antwerpenmorgen.be/toekomstvisies/visie-archeologie/over

https://www.antwerpenmorgen.be/projecten/kipdorpsite/over (3rd site visit Congress)

https://fortengordel.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/fortengordel/

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stelling_van_Antwerpen

https://www.provincieantwerpen.be/aanbod/drem/dienst-gebiedsgericht-beleid/fortengordels-rond-antwerpen.html

https://sites.google.com/site/antwerpenstadantwerpcity/boerentram

https://sites.google.com/site/antwerpenstadantwerpcity/04-sloop-spaanse-wal

https://sites.google.com/site/antwerpenstadantwerpcity/03-de-19de-eeuw

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