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International conference landscape of water, source of life. Programme
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International conference landscape of water, source of life. Programme

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“Landscapes of water, source of life”
Communities and Traditional water management systems 12-13 July 2013, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Álava. País Vasco. España
www.vallesalado.com

The ancient traditions that survive in Valle Salado, the judicious management that has survived for centuries and the social structures that emerged and that have developed, make it a perfect example of a sustainable landscape that should serve as a driving force for future local development.

Fundación Valle Salado would like to encourage, at this International Conference, a discussion on different aspects related to Water Landscapes and to traditional Water management systems that are vital to communities. We would also like to share our experience with other systems that are based on the existence, whether abundant or scarce, of water, thereby achieving an international component through the desire to establish bonds of cooperation and collaboration.

Water for Life will be, during this Conference, the key element of communities that base their lifestyles on understanding its management, not only to ensure their food but also the survival of their knowledge, their traditions, their culture, in short, their identity.

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  • 1. International Conference “Landscapes of water, source of life” Communities and Traditional water management systems 12-13 July 2013, Vitoria-Gasteiz. Álava. País Vasco. España www.vallesalado.com
  • 2. On occasion of the candidacy of the Cultural Landscape of Valle Salado de Añana (Álava, Basque Country) to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 and a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS), the Valle Salado de Añana Foundation is paying tribute to water, thanks to which its singular way of life, culture and landscape originated. For Valle Salado de Añana (Añana Salt Valley), water is its source of life and, therefore, we would like to contribute to the events that have been taking place to mark the 2005-2015 Decade, declared by UNESCO as the “Water for Life” Decade. The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems project (GIAHS) originated in 2002 within the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, in order to safeguard and support unique, traditional and ingenious agricultural systems on every continent. The programme promotes international understanding and appreciation of these systems and their landscapes that have been created, shaped, maintained and inherited by generations of farmers, herders, fishermen and other populations. They still use locally adapted management practices and techniques that are often highly ingenious and that have contributed and conti- nue to contribute to the natural and cultural heritage of the world. The initiative promotes an integrated approach that combines local development and sustai- nable use in unique places and landscapes and by singular cultures and peoples where water plays a key role, displaying the wealth of human inventiveness and adaptability to the most diverse circumstances. Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems include a wide range of landscapes, such as the Masai Pastoralist Heritage System (Kenya and Tanzania), the Gafsa Oases (Tunisia), Chiloé Agriculture (Chile), the Andean Agriculture Systems (Peru), the Ifugao Rice Terraces (Philippi- nes) or the Aohan Dryland Farming System (China). Valle Salado de Añana also aspires to become a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sys- tem. Only 25 landscapes in the world have been declared GIAHS, most of them in Asia, Africa and Latin America. There are still none in Europe. Moreover, UNESCO announced the “Water for Life” Decade between 2005 and 2015 to promote a new culture of water. The great challenge focuses on directing attention towards proactive policies and activities to ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources, in terms of both quality and quantity. This Decade is part of the Millennium Development Goals, agreed at the Millennium Summit in 2000, which establish, in relation to water, halving the percentage of people without access reducir a la mitad el porcentaje de personas sin acceso al agua potable y poner fin a la exh
  • 3. to safe drinking water and stopping the unsustainable exploitation of water resources, urging nations to develop integrated plans for the efficient management and use of water resources. Within this framework, Fundación Valle Salado (Valle Salado Foundation) has arranged a number of meetings and seminars on various topics related to its particular nature. Among these, we can highlight water as the raison d’etre for its existence. Water has not only established the physical characteristics of Valle Salado, but also of all those that distinguish it as a cultural landscape of far-reaching heritage, cultural, economic, food, social.... interest. The ancient traditions that survive in Valle Salado, the judicious management that has survived for centuries and the social structures that emerged and that have developed, make it a perfect example of a sustainable landscape that should serve as a driving force for future local development. Fundación Valle Salado would like to encourage, at this International Conference, a discussion on different aspects related to Water Landscapes and to traditional Water management systems that are vital to communities. We would also like to share our experience with other systems that are based on the existence, whether abundant or scarce, of water, thereby achieving an international component through the desire to establish bonds of cooperation and collaboration. Water for Life will be, during this Conference, the key element of communities that base their lifestyles on understanding its management, not only to ensure their food but also the survival of their knowledge, their traditions, their culture, in short, their identity. Support cooperation between the managers of unique water systems• Promote discussions among experts on the cultural and natural values of water lands-• capes Raise awareness on this type of heritage• Share experiences as a basis for future models applied to water management sys-• tems Promote awareness about Globally Important Agricultural• Heritage Systems (GIAHS)• Disseminate knowledge on Valle Salado de Añana• Objectives of the conference
  • 4. 1. Water and biodiversity This session will present several examples that demonstrate the direct relationship between the intelligent use of water and the maintenance of biodiversity and natural resources. There will also be discussions on some key risks and threats, such as pollution or overexploitation. 2. Water and food This session includes examples of water systems from different world regions directly linked to food production for hu- mans. The programme has been structured into four sessions 3. Water and culture This session deals with peoples and communities who use and inhabit these water landscapes and, therefore, includes experiences related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage. 4. Water and landscape Water, whether due to its abundance or shortage, has determined the creation of a multitude of landscapes and has be- come an essential component of the terrain. The landscape perspective enables us to integrate, in a holistic way, different perspectives that shape the perception and management of these landscapes.
  • 5. Detailed programme Day 1 – July 12 09:00 - 09:30 Welcome participants 09:30 - 10:00 Opening by the authorities 10:00 - 10:45 Opening conference: Josefina Maestu, Director at United Nations Office to support of the Interna- tional Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 that implements the UN Programme - Water for Promotion and Communication within the framework of the Decade 10,45 - 11,00 Coffee break Session 1. Water and biodiversity Session 4. Water and landscape 11:00 - 11:30 Introduction and coordination of the session: Alberto Hernández. Assistant to the “Man and Biosphere Programme” (MAB), UNESCO 11:30 - 12:00 Goran Gugic. Managing Director of Lonkjsko Polje Nature Park. RAMSAR site. Croatia. 12:00 - 12:30 Maher Mahoub. International Union for the Conservation of Nature - Mediterranean Cooperation Centre (UICN) – Coordinator of the North Africa Programme 12:30 - 13:00 Dave Pritchrad. Coordinator of the RAMSAR Culture Working Group “Convention on Wetlands” 13:00 - 13:30 Panel discussion and conclusions Session 2. Water and food 15:00 - 15:30 Introduction & coordination of the session. Parviz Koohafkan. President of the World Foundation of Agricultural Heritage and Coordinator of the GIAHS Association 15:30 - 16:00 Alejandro Argumedo. Assistant Director of the ANDES Association. Representative of Andean agriculture, Peru 16:00 - 16:30 Deyin Luo. Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing. UNESCO World Heritage candidacy for the Honghe Hani rice terraces, China. 16:30 - 16:45 Panel discussion and conclusions 16:45 - 17:00 Coffee break Session 3. Water and culture 17:00- 17:30 Introduction & coordination. Stefano de Caro. Director General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) 17:30 - 18:00 Semsar Yazdi. Director of the International Centre of Qanats and Historic Water Structures, Iran. UNESCO World heritage 18:00 - 18:30 Luis Pablo Martínez. Candidacy of “Consejo de Hombres Buenos de la Huerta de Murcia y Tribunal de Aguas de la Vega de Valencia. Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO 18:30 - 19:00 Pietro Laureano. Chairman of International Traditional Knowledge Institute (ITKI) 19:00 - 19:30 Panel discussion and conclusions 20:00 - 21:00 Visit to the Cathedral of Santa María in Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • 6. Day 2 – July 13 Session 4. Water and landscape 09:30 - 10:00 Introduction and coordination of the session. Begoña Bernal. Deputy Secretary General of the Spanish National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) 10:00 - 10:30 Bartolomé Deyá. Managing Director of Serra de Tramuntana, Spain. UNESCO World heritage 10:30 - 11:00 Eriberto Eulisse. Director of the International Centre of Water Civilization, Scorze. Italy 11:00 - 11:30 Roberto López de Eguílaz. The Cultural Landscape of Valle Salado de Añana. Spain 11:30 - 12:00 Panel discussion 12:00 - 12:30 Conclusions and closing statement. Carol Westrik. International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Mónica Luengo. President of the International Scientific Committee of Cultu- ral Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA 12:30 - 12:45 Closing ceremony Session 5. Practical session. Valle Salado de Añana 16:30 - 17:00 Transfer to Salinas de Añana 17:00 - 19:30 Technical visit to Valle Salado 19:30 - 20:00 Reception 22:00 - 23:30 Sound and Light Show titled Memories of Valle Salado
  • 7. Organised by Fundación Valle Salado de Añana Diputación Foral de Álava Ayuntamiento de Añana Sociedad de salineros Gatzagak Sponsor Kutxabank Collaborators Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte Gobierno Vasco Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz Unesco Etxea Technical Panel Mónica Luengo Alberto Plata Information and registration Free admission Fundación Valle Salado de Añana +34 945 35 14 13 info@vallesalado.com info@unescoetxea.org Conference venue: Museo Artium. Sala de Conferencias C/ Francia 24. Vitoria-Gasteiz. 01002 AÑANAKO GATZ HARANA FUNDAZIOA FUNDACIÓN VALLE SALADO DE AÑANA www.vallesalado.com

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