The year 2017 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This year’s events aim to raise awareness among decision-makers, academia, civil society and the public of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development, while simultaneously mobilizing all stakeholders to work together to make tourism a catalyst for positive change. Considering that the landscape is a common good and the right to landscape is a necessity that all human beings should enjoy, which generates commitments and responsibilities; authorities, guilds, institutions, civil society, we will carry out the 1st INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE SYMPOSIUM, under the theme “Thinking and feeling the landscape”.
Designing a tourism that takes advantage of heritage, landscape and local sustainable development not only helps to conserve the resources that make it possible, but also fulfills the ethical duty of guiding social perception towards awareness and respect, which in turn will lead to sustainability and reconciliation.
The Symposium explores and attempts to answer some of the key questions asked by towns and cities that aim to improve the environment through the management of the rural and urban landscape.
How to permeate and consolidate the landscape in the political world, civil society and opinion leaders as a factor of development, heritage, identity and law, as a common good? Who governs heritage landscapes? With what tools? How to promote the Right to Landscape; in an approach that establishes the landscape as an integral tool for planning, managing and creating sustainable development, protecting its past, managing its future, and recognizing the vital connections between governance, culture, health and economics? How can we turn everyday landscapes into authentic reference landscapes, and new patrimonies with which the population can feel identified? To what extent and how can urban landscapes and regional infrastructures participate in these challenges?
What role should institutions, entities, experts, local leaders, companies and the catering sector, or new entrepreneurs, play in achieving these collective objectives? Could we move towards an ecosystem vision of tourism, reducing its ecological footprint and considering the services and products provided by the ecosystems themselves?