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Priorat county

Within the context of preparing the “Priorat-Montsant-Siurana, Mediterranean Mountain Agricultural Landscape” candidature for UNESCO’s World Heritage, Tarragona Regional Council, together with Priorat County Council and the Associació Prioritat, promoted the preparation of a historic characterisation study of the Priorat-Montsant-Siurana landscape. One of the aims of the study was to highlight the survival of the agricultural model and the configuration of its landscape, as well as its legibility and clearness.

The study was carried out between July and December 2015, and was co-ordinated by the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia and developed by the Historic Landscape Study Group of the University of Lleida. It also enjoyed the collaboration of several representatives of the Associació Prioritat.

The study went beyond that of the candidature itself and proposed the recognition of the heritage value of the Priorat-Montsant-Siurana agricultural landscape as the cohesive pillar of a territorial development model based on the assets related to the main activity of this territory, which has shaped this exceptional landscape. It has diverse applications:

  • To reinforce the core documents for the World Heritage candidature.
  • To serve as a basis for the initiatives driven by the Follow-up Committee of the El Priorat Landscape Charter, as the embryo of the candidature management plan.
  • To be a useful tool for the management, planning and valuation of the territory, particularly of use for the town councils in the region (knowledge and regulation of land that is not designated for development, urban planning, etc.).
  • To serve as a basis for new tourist, cultural and educational initiatives, as well as for encouraging local initiatives (public and private) on the management, planning and valuation of the landscape.
  • To contribute towards the knowledge, understanding and valuing of this historic landscape by the inhabitants of the region and the country in general, as a reality formed over the centuries, and to create awareness among them about its historic, cultural and identity-giving values.

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