(ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 18 - A methodical reference for a comprehensive interventions at a local level, emphasizing the result of a process of participation of civil society, social agents and local authorities in the protection of cultural heritage: the Montada programme - covering six Maghrebi participating cities - has now been published in the compendium 'Heritage and Participation: Towards a New Framework of Governance in the Maghreb'. Publication has been announced by sources of project coordination in Barcelona. Directed by Xavier Casanova, head of the Montada Project, and coordinated by Montserrat Casado, the publication has been realised in collaboration with the Association of Architects, Technicians and Town Planners of Barcelona, with the Ecole d'Avignon, the Association for Safeguarding the Medina of Kairouan, with the Sala Almoustaqbal Association, with the Office for the Protection of the Mzab Valley and the Development Centre of the Region of Tensift. It was supervised by Brigit Colin of Unesco and Josep Giralt of Iemed, members of Montada's Scientific Committee. Restoration and safeguarding the traditional architectonic heritage to redeem the historic and cultural identity of the Mediterranean: these are the objectives of the Montada Project, which forms part of the Euromed Heritage IV programme, co-financed by the European Union with 1.5 million euros for a period of three years. Six Maghrebi cities are involved in the project, comprising highly diverse urban, economic and cultural settings: Sale' and Marrakesh for Morocco, Sousse and Kairouan for Tunisia and Dellys and Ghardaa for Algeria. As the director of the project, Xavier Casanovas, told ANSAmed, ''The active participation of civil society and of all the agents involved in processes of managing the heritage is one of the most important challenges for a future in which enhancement of architectural assets will go hand in hand with social equity and the needs of people who live and work in the areas that have been declared to be heritage''. Appropriation of the local area as part of integrating the heritage as a factor of sustainable cultural, social, economic and environmental development, based on mutual understanding and dialogue between cultures and different generations. Younes Babanedjar, head of the programme in the Mzab Valley, highlighted, on the other hand, the importance of the tradition of Ibadism, a particularly tolerant branch of Islam, in involving populations not just in decisions but also in collective maintenance work on the Ksars - the Berber fortified villages - and the palm groves. ''Montada has given fresh vigour to values of social cohesion that already existed but which had faded over recent years''. For Nabi Rahmouni, head of Montada in Morocco, ''thinking about heritage means first and foremost to reflect on the needs of a society and the forums created by the project have revealed themselves to be among the most important platforms for realising this objective''. Mourad Rammah, head of the programme in Tunis, stressed the need to revitalise the associations and to guarantee a continuity of the forums in order to set down the basis for a new framework of governance in Tunis. (ANSAmed).