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Alamita Meeting Point on the Ricote Valley and its possibilities to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (04/05/2020)

On the afternoon of Saturday, May 2, the Los Alamos Foundation of the Ricote Valley (Cieza) organized the Alamita Meeting Point online forum, which, in this edition, dealt with the Ricote Valley and its possibilities to be declared World Heritage UNESCO in the future.Is it a utopia? How feasible is this proposal? What are the UNESCO requirements to be a World Heritage Site? Does the Ricote Valley meet the requirements for this? These were some of the questions that were attempted to be answered in the open debate moderated by the patron of the Antonio Narejos Bernabéu foundation.Among the participants were the president of the José Luis Pardos Pérez Foundation, the patrons Conrado Navalón Vila and Alfredo Jiménez Gómez, the architect Alberto Ramadán Mirete and the members of "La Carrahila" José María García Avilés, Joaquín Caballero Soler and Jesús Joaquín López Brown.

The meeting shared and debated ideas on the solvency of the proposal of the Ricote Valley as UNESCO World Heritage, as well as the importance of the cultural and natural protection figures that the region already possesses, such as the Place of Ethnographic Interest Las Norias de Abarán or the Place of Ethnographic Interest Acequia de la Andelma.A common point was the lack of a joint action plan between the eight municipalities that make up the Ricote Valley (Cieza, Abarán, Blanca, Ricote, Ojós, Ulea, Villanueva del Río Segura and Archena), in order to promote their cultural and natural values; all this aimed at achieving sustainable economic development, which, at the same time, allows preserving its delicate and, at some points, ill-fated cultural landscape.One of the results of this edition of the Alamita Meeting Point is the realization of a face-to-face meeting at the headquarters of the foundation, when COVID-19 allows it, to start administrative actions to try to get the Government of Spain to include the Valley de Ricote in the Indicative List, a previous step before submitting his formal candidacy as a good to be presented in the World Heritage List.

Source: Asociación Cultural "La Carrahila"

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