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Conference "Cultural Landscapes: heritage, sustainable tourism and governance for territorial development of empty Spain".

On 15th, 16th and 17th July the 31.ª Edition of Summer Sessions UNED 2020 was held under the title of "Cultural Landscapes: heritage, sustainable tourism and governance for territorial development of empty Spain". With the coordination of Las Médulas Foundation and managed by UNED (National Distance Education University) in Ponferrada, the conferences were held in order to highlight the value of cultural landscapes as important resources to territorial development, mostly in rural areas.

The key features of territorial management tools were analyzed during the conference, as well as its importance for the tourism industry and for the local community. Moreover, the study cases of Valle Salado de Añana (Ávila) or Ribeira Sacra (Galicia) were highlighted, the last one explained by Mario Crecente, director of Crecente Asociados and coordinator of the Nomination of Ribeira Sacra to the World Heritage List.

Finally, the attendants enjoyed a guided visit to the Cultural and Natural Space of Las Medulas, with Jimena Martínez Quintana, director of this cultural landscape's Foundation, declared World Heritage in 1997.

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