COMUS Project

From 2015 to 2017 Belarus participated in the COMUS project (Community-led Urban Strategies in Historic Towns) initiated by the European Union and the Council of Europe as part of the Eastern partnership cultural development program. The project was implemented in partnership with the world heritage cities organization in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The COMUS project is a process of training and testing innovative planning models that contribute to solving practical problems in small and medium-sized historical cities. It had 4 stages of its phases.

On the 1st phase – inception phase (from November 2015 to March 2016), the main problems and ways of developing the heritage protection system of the Republic of Belarus at the national and local levels were studied, the National report on the development of the heritage protection system in the Republic of Belarus was prepared, and the pilot city of the project – Mstislaŭ (Mogilev district) was identified.

At the 2nd phase of the project – the planning phase (from April to December 2016) the Preliminary Technical File of the cultural heritage of the city was developed and the Reference Plan of Mstislaŭ for 2025 was created. At the Project phse (from January to June 2017) five Preliminary Technical Assessments, two Feasibility Studies for the city of Mstislaŭ on the revitalization of cultural heritage, the video, and the booklet on the results of the project were created.