In their report "Approaches to a cultural footprint: proposal for the concept and ways to measure it," authors Elna Roig and Jordi Baltà discuss the concept of a "cultural footprint" and examine its political implications, with a focus on protecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe.
The notion of a cultural footprint is inspired by the "ecological footprint" used since the 1990s to measure the impact of human action on natural resources and on ecosystems' capacity to regenerate. Importing the idea of a "footprint" into a cultural context emphasizes the importance of culture for sustainable human development. The development of a cultural footprint is a first step toward developing effective cultural policy impact assessments.
The report is available in English on the Centre Maurits Coopieters website.