Coffee Cultural Landscape of Tolima, Colombia: Heritage Valuation, Sustainability and Management

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The purpose of the paper is to determine the basis for a management agenda for the Tolima Coffee Cultural Landscape (CCLT) in Colombia. To this end, is proposed a delimitation model. However, the approach of the CCLT as a comprehensive subject is discussed on the basis of the formulation of a social agenda needed to support its construction.
A theoretical framework is proposed to address the social part based on an ethnohistorical approach explaining how the landscape is a collective construction of pre-Hispanic origin. Therefore the discussion through an understanding of the phenomenon of the cultural landscape is expected to demonstrate the close links between nature and its culture adapting own and accurate methodologies rather than Unesco's to Latin American context.
The used valuation methods interpret a set of attributes (qualitative and quantitative) some inherent to the Tolima region and others very similar to those of the "mirror" of the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (CCLC) inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The sum of the above allows showing the community what is the spatiality of the CCLT having the possibility to be validated by them.
Finally, given the current challenges of the coffee landscape based on the experience of the CCLC, a management agenda is proposed which will allow the insertion of the CCLT in the scope of regional governments due because the issue of the CCLT is still unknown to policy-makers and the population of the region. The CCLC can be seen as an opportunity to reinforce the value of coffee heritage as a tool for education and social appropriation in the current times of reconciliation for peace and post-conflict.
The proposed management agenda could be the beginning to reach a regional policy as a positive strategy to value heritage and make cultural protection and the environment more sustainable.
Idioma originalInglés estadounidense
PublicaciónJournal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
EstadoPresentada - 5 ago 2019

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