PRIORAT, WORLD HERITAGE

Once again, the Priorat stands out for its Mediterranean beauty, the taste of its land and the stubbornness of its people to maintain its legacy both historic and scenic.

We consider that the region has a landscape strongly humanized by the peasants from many years ago. On March 9 of 2017, was defended the candidacy of the Priorat as a World Heritage Site for the UNESCO in Madrid. The region has worked and works, for a model of sustainable development, giving prominence to proximity products.

The Historical Heritage Council has valued the presentation of the candidacy in a positive way and above the point of the system of management and protection of the region. Work is still being done with the objective that, the next February of 2018, the candidacy will be presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Center.

This agrarian landscape of Mediterranean culture has been maintained by the peasants, who today are in retreat and that we could consider them in “danger of extinction”, along with all their knowledge that they have been acquiring from generation to generation from hundreds of years ago.

For this reason, about 10 years ago, the platform appeared for make real the candidacy, to face the decadence of the twentieth century and the depopulation that had the region. Its solidity, driven by the Priorat society, demonstrates the lively mosaic that exists, and the desire to make its traditions, its culture and its way of doing and being prevail.

To do this, strategic lines are being followed to go all the same way, deepening the knowledge preserved and making it dynamic, coordinating and cooperating among all the participating entities and thus, to consolidate the integral territorial model, own and transversal.

In addition, meetings are regularly held with the town councils to identify problems, the heritage that has to be conserved and, thus, to unify the urban norms among the 23 towns that make up the Priorat.

We must not forget the CETS, the European Letter for Sustainable Tourism, which serves us by its criteria of interventions and sensitivity of the population.

Culture is a set of knowledge which we adapt to the environment. It is important to maintain these traditions and characteristics of a territory. Identity is what makes us equals, it is a shared culture, and this, has to be preserved and cared for.

From the PRIORITAT website, you will find all the updated information about the work that is being done: http://prioritat.org/