2018/2019 the BRHC chair is Latvia, following the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. The Latvian Presidency is guided in its work by three priority focus areas: Integrity and Societal Security, Responsibility and Dialogue.
The CBSS member states share a common value – the Baltic Sea coast with its special character and cultural heritage, one that is enriched by the many diverse contributions from each of the countries along its shores. There is a tendency towards a broader understanding of cultural heritage as an important element in the development of a democratic, law-based and culture oriented society. Cultural heritage plays a role both in shaping regional identity and ensuring sustainable growth – the long term CBSS priorities.
The notion of cultural heritage is expanding. It is no longer something exclusive to be revered, it is becoming an integral part of our societal living space. This space is constantly evolving, which means that heritage systems should be flexible and able to adapt to these changes. The preservation of cultural heritage calls for an interdisciplinary approach which looks at the wider context beyond a particular object or sector. The opportunities offered by our modern era should be increasingly used in the preservation of cultural heritage. A dialogue among experts and other stakeholders is necessary in order to discuss heritage preservation systems, including systems for recent cultural heritage, as well as, the use of contemporary methods and technologies to find models that best serve these contexts.