2nd International Conference ‘Security of Historic Cities’: a successful partnership for IPA Croatia’s Split-Dalmatia RC

01 Apr 2018


The second International conference on the topic of ‘Security in Historic Cities – challenges for Tourism’, organised by the IPA Regional Club Split-Dalmatia, the Croatian Association of Historic Cities and the Forensic Science Department of the University of Split, was held in Split from 16-17 March 2018, and received considerable interest from various partners involved in providing better quality of life in our cities. During the two-day conference, the representatives of the local and regional administration, counties, city councils, as well as their colleagues from the business and tourist sectors, along with the Police, private security companies and scientists in the field of defence and security, were able to share their knowledge and experience.

The fact that more than two hundred participants attended and the response shown by key institutions is a confirmation of the organisers’ good work and respect that the IPA Regional Club Split-Dalmatia has amongst the experts in the field and the community in general.croatia1

A considerable number of the IPA members from the Croatian Section (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Šibenik, Slavonski Brod, Split), besides a number of IPA members from Bosnia & Herzegovina (IPA Western Herzegovina-Grude, IPA Herzegbosnia-Livno), joined this expert gathering, which focused on the development of partnerships in the field of local communities’ security, with a special emphasis on the preservation of the architectural, historical and cultural heritage.

Experts from police agencies from France, the USA, the UK, Slovenia, Israel, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia exchanged their knowledge regarding the local communities’ partnerships and presented their experience regarding various types of threats and offered their functional solutions, proven in practice.

Besides this professional part of the conference, the organisers from the IPA Regional Club Split-Dalmatia and the Croatian Association of Historic Cities made an effort to continue the established practice of visits to the historical sites and cities in the County of Split-Dalmatia. After last year’s visit to the old Croatian royal castle in Klis, this year the participants visited the old historical centre of the city of Sinj and the recently opened and modernised museum of Sinj’s traditional equestrian competition Alka. In 2010, Alka was listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

After an interesting working day and a pleasant afternoon in the company of the Sinj Knights, the gathering continued with a gala dinner, accompanied by the pleasant sound of music.

More about the Conference and the activities of the IPA regional Club Split-Dalmatia, together with the photos of the Conference activities, can be found on:
www.shcconference.com and www.ipa-split.hr

Slobodan Marendić, IPA Split-Dalmatia, IPA Croatia