The CoPaM is an initiative of general interest whose aim is to initiate, promote, support and develop activities aimed at accelerating the sustainable development of the territories of the "5+5 Dialogue" countries through the enhancement of their world heritage.

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Birth of the initiative at the Summit of the Two Shores
The CoPaM initiative is based on the recognition of the outstanding universal value of properties, created and promoted by UNESCO. It lies at the interface between the international, national and local levels, between public authorities and the private sector, and involves civil society to a very large extent.

At the level of the 5+5 Dialogue countries, more than 400 properties are inscribed on the World Heritage List or on national tentative lists (preliminary stage for inscription). A number of local experiences have shown that, based on World Heritage, real projects for territories with a high socio-economic and cultural impact are being carried out on both sides of the Mediterranean.

Based on this simple observation, a group of experts on World Heritage and international cooperation proposed, on the occasion of the Summit of the Two Shores, to launch an initiative aimed at accelerating development projects for Mediterranean territories based on World Heritage (UNESCO).

Welcomed by the Assembly of One Hundred Qualified Personalities from Civil Society for the Summit of the Two Shores and by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the ten countries in the Commitments for a New Ambition in the Mediterranean, this initiative has been able to gather around it heritage enthusiasts from both sides of the Mediterranean. The CoPaM - 'Co-developing World Heritage in the Mediterranean' - was thus born!
Our ambition: to do something concrete and think big!
CoPaM thinks big while taking concrete action at the level of the 5+5 Dialogue countries! Thanks to the alliance of all wills and the respect of the right balance between World Heritage conservation and sustainable development of territories, CoPaM intends to become the essential partner of development projects for territories based on World Heritage.

With a strong local and international anchorage, it constitutes the pool of expertise for World Heritage and cooperation projects on the scale of the Western Mediterranean and will have a dedicated financial instrument in the medium term.

Acting as a "start-up of general interest", CoPaM combines reflection with action, the implementation of pilot and priority projects in the 5+5 Dialogue countries with a long-term strategy aiming at deploying its action in all Mediterranean countries.
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Our Mission
It is by associating experienced local authorities, national authorities and civil society in an unprecedented way, that CoPaM acts to conserve heritage, restore it, promote it to local populations and tourist clienteles, CoPaM demonstrates that we act more globally on the quality development of a territory.
CoPaM is based on the will to multiply successful experiences that have shown that betting on heritage means preserving the environment in order to pass it on to future generations, creating jobs and economic activities, strengthening the identity and attractiveness of its territory and encouraging the development of young people who are proud of themselves and their roots.
Two head offices
In order not to break with what constitutes one of the foundations of the initiative, both local and international, and to strengthen the dynamic that has been established between two territories, CoPaM will be physically established in Arles (France) and Tipasa (Algeria).
Arles, France
The Administrative Resource Centre is located in Arles (France), a UNESCO World Heritage city.
Tipaza, Algeria
The Technical Resource Centre is located in Tipasa (Algeria), whose archaeological sites are also inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The governance of the association reflects the CoPaM genome: Mediterranean, collective and creative! The CoPaM is the result of the meeting of legal and natural persons located on both sides of the Mediterranean, in each of the 5+5 Dialogue countries.

We have chosen to be an association under the law of 1901, to endorse and strengthen the actions carried out so far.

The governance is made up of members from all walks of life (national authorities, local authorities, international organisations, associations, qualified personalities, etc.) divided into 3 colleges, and supported by a strategic and scientific orientation council.
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Dedicated team
The CoPaM team is made up of professionals in the management of territorial development projects and heritage professionals, particularly World Heritage, from the public and private sectors.
Bouzid Sabeg
General Directorate
Zineb Chakir
Strategy & Operations
Support team
Support team
Support team
Around the project team, which laid the first stones of CoPaM and works daily to support the pilot projects, is added a second circle composed of experts from UNESCO, Aix-Marseille University, OGEBC, CNRA or ALECSO for example, associations of World Heritage managers, ICOMOS, cultural, tourist or economic structures, who intervene on the projects supported by CoPaM.