UNESCO Galician nominations
Galicia currently has three monuments considered World Heritage by the UNESCO: the old town of Santiago de Compostela, the Tower of Hercules and the walls of Lugo. We must add to these three monuments, the Camino de Santiago, recognized as well as a cultural good in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
Nowadays there are four candidates in Galicia who aspire to be part of most important cultural list in the planet: the monumental richness of the Ribeira Sacra, Ancares-Somiedo, the historical heritage of O Ferrol of the Enlightenment, and the Camino de Santiago del Norte.
Two other cultural goods of Galicia aspire to be selected by the Ministry as candidates for the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage and the Cies Islands.
The Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage has spent several years trying to achieve this recognition; this application has been promoted by the radio station "Ponte nas ... ondas!", which has already achieved, ten years ago, the inclusion of this heritage at the headquarters of UNESCO.
The application of the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage was the first multinational proposal promoted by schools in two countries of the European Union. "Ponte nas ... ondas!", the station that started this process, was born in 1995 as an initiative of different schools of northern Portugal and Galicia, and its radio shows are performed by students of schools and universities in both regions. This station has been working for all these years on the dissemination of oral tradition through music, theatre and storytelling on both sides of the border. This work was recognized in 2014 with an Ondas Award for "best coverage".
The other Galician candidate who aspires to be included in the most important cultural recognition of the planet is the Cies Islands, the archipelago located in the Ria de Vigo, which belongs to the National Park Illas Atlanticas. This natural good is currently initiating the process to achieve that aspiration. The proposal stems from the initiative of the mayor of Vigo, Abel Caballero, who is currently looking for different allies to form a solid bid.
At the initiative of the mayor of the city, they have already joined different institutions and organizations such as the CSIC, the University of Vigo, the Oceanographic Institute, Tourism of Galicia, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and the Federation of Businessmen. The main reason for the candidacy of the archipelago is its natural beauty; in the islands can be found exclusive animal species and marine habitats that have become a unique place in the world.
The recognition of both candidates as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO would mean not only the most important recognition in the planet, but it will also ensure the protection and cultural and tourist promotion of these goods, both the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage as the Cies Islands .
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Abertal