On Friday 12 of June took place the formation Act of the RehabiMed Association, an initiative which represents ten years of experience of joint work between institutions and organisations from over 40 Euro-Mediterranean countries. In fact, it is to formalize a network of experts that was formed throughout this joint work and that continues between countries from the North and the South of the Mediterranean.
The founding members of the Organisation are : the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, represented by its rector Antoni Giró i Roca, the Col·legi d’Aparelladors, Arquitectes Tèchnics i Enginyers d’Edificació de Barcelona, represented by its president Rosa Remolà i Ferrer and the Ecole d’Avignon, represented by its director Patrice Morot-Sir. More than 400 people already belong to this network and they will therefore become members of the RehabiMed Organisation. Universities, public administrations, non-governmental organisations … all are experts in the rehabilitation of heritage and the revitalisation of historic centres.
The main objective of the Association is to promote the sustainable rehabilitation of the building stock and the social and economic revitalisation of historic centres, both in Europe and in the developing Mediterranean countries. This is also a key objective to progress in the consolidation of the Barcelona Process launched in 1995 and strengthened in 2008 with the creation of the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM), for which our city has been designated to host the new institutions, assuming the role of Mediterranean capital.
To achieve this goal, RehabiMed will : impulse research and training of experts in rehabilitation, disseminate a multidisciplinary working methodology, increase the management capacity of local and national governments, contribute to improving the living conditions of the population and boost the awareness on the preservation of heritage as a factor of sustainable development.
The RehabiMed Association has its head office in Barcelona and will carry out its objectives and activities in all European and Mediterranean countries, with a clear vocation for a world projection through cooperation agreements with UNESCO.