Valletta to an extent is a City-State with pressures of high density and a commuting population. In the post-war period it saw the migration of inhabitants and policies have been devised to curb the high vacancy rates and attract new residents. Its heritage assets have not been fully tapped especially as vehicles for social inclusion or nodes of social contact. The City is still a dynamic place for social interaction as a point of reference for National or religious festivities. In the past five years Valletta has shown its potential for change. It rapidly adapted to the impementation of plans without heavy negative socio-economic repercussions (i.e. implementation of CVA and Park and Ride).
The HerO project will serve as a framework to develop the potential of the management of its historic landscape especially in the light of the Area of High Landscape Value parametres. The project will also serve as a platform for integrating projects and ideas on the ground i.e. restoration and rehabilitation project initiatives. These established benchmarks will also direct the project in specific areas which are critical and may ultimately improve Valletta's raison d'etre.