Changing stakeholders and community attitudes in the Côa Valley, Portugal

Fernandes, António Pedro Batarda and Pinto, Fernando Maia (2006) Changing stakeholders and community attitudes in the Côa Valley, Portugal. In: Of the Past, for the Future: Integrating Archaeology and Conservation. Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, pp. 136-142. [Book Section]

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Because of its responsibility for managing a World Heritage Site, the Côa Valley Archaeological Park (PAVC) has a specific policy with regard to its stakeholders. Most local stakeholders and a large segment of the community have not yet realized that the region's achievement of sustainable development will rest on general upgrading of the socioeconomic structure. The aim of this paper is to explain why the PAVC advocates that the ability of the region to provide high-quality products and services, which match the inestimable significance of the Côa Valley rock art, will determine the success of a development project for the region based on cultural tourism. After an introductory overview of global cultural heritage management guidelines, we examine the challenges the PAVC faces in trying to establish specific management, preservation, and development strategies in this area of Portugal. We also discuss how, in certain cases, following completely "politically correct stakeholder and community-friendly" guidelines can endanger the preservation of our common cultural heritage.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Fernandes, António Pedro Batardabatarda@hotmail.com
Pinto, Fernando MaiaUNSPECIFIED
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Agnew, N.UNSPECIFIED
Bridgland, J.UNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Stakeholders involvment; Sustainable development; Rock art; Rock art sites; Prehistorical art; Policy; Conservation Policy; Management; Management of archaeological sites; Portugal
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 11. Rock art
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
P.GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 05. Europe
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Côa Valley, Portugal
UNESCO WHC Number: 866bis
Depositing User: António Pedro Batarda Fernandes
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2011 10:33
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1021

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