Mediterranean Diet celebrates 10 years as a world heritage site tomorrow

Recognition by UNESCO took place on December 4, 2013, in Baku

The 10th anniversary of the recognition of the Mediterranean Diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity will be celebrated tomorrow, Monday, December 4th.

The proposal that was approved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at a meeting that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, on December 4, 2013, was made by seven countries: Portugal, Cyprus , Croatia, Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

In the Portuguese case, the Municipality of Tavira was chosen as the representative community, an authority that is celebrate the anniversary with a program of activities, starting on the 1st.

«Over these 10 years, the region has sought to protect and preserve the identity of the Mediterranean Diet (MD) by avoiding mass globalization and standardized behaviors in order to reduce losses in biological diversity, local identities, traditional productions, cultural landscapes , in the environment and in the built heritage», considered the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission, the entity responsible for creating and promoting the Regional Commission for the Mediterranean Diet.

However, as the CCDR reminds us, the Mediterranean Diet, «as a multidisciplinary concept, requires intervention from different entities from different sectors. It is with satisfaction that we can say that it was possible to bring together several public and private entities to work together to promote this project».



The partners of the regional commission are: Municipality of Tavira, University of Algarve, Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Algarve, Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve, Algarve Tourism Region, School of Hotel Management and Tourism of Vila Real de Santo António, School of Hotel and Tourism in the Algarve (Faro), Portuguese Cardiology Foundation – Algarve Delegation, In Loco Association, Tertúlia Algarvia, Association of Hotel and Similar Industries of the Algarve and Confraria dos Gastrónomos do Algarve.

These entities will meet at the Álvaro de Campos Municipal Library, in Tavira, to present the Assessment Report of the 2018-2021 Activity Plan and approval of the 2023-2027 Activity Plan to Safeguard the Mediterranean Diet in the Algarve Region.

«In this context, CCDR Algarve promoted the project “The Algarve in the Mediterranean Diet”, through which different actors in the region were mobilized to develop the actions foreseen in the Action and Safeguard Plan at regional level, benefiting from co-financing from the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF), through the European Funds managed in the Region», concluded the CCDR.