4-5 May 2017 / 2nd International Conference on Tourism and Cultural Heritage in Mediterranean Faro, PORTUGAL

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4-5 May 2017 / 2nd International Conference on Tourism and Cultural Heritage in Mediterranean Faro, PORTUGAL

2nd International Conference | ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge

Mediterranean Cultures and Societies Knowledge, Health and Tourism

Faro 4 - 5 May 2017

University of Algarve, Portugal The International Centre for Studies and Research (ICSR) Mediterranean Knowledge and the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO) invites you to participate in the 2nd International Conference ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge in the University of Algarve, Faro, through the submission of scientific abstracts for consideration for presentation.
Nowadays, the Mediterranean is affected by major changes. The social role of territories has changed: not only people are able to move and travel in a less expensive and easy way, but an increasing number of people can build their identity with multiple senses of belonging. These changes paved the way for new opportunities for multi-polarity and also give new opportunities to territories historically destined to marginalization.
New coexistences can be built with an approach that can effectively go beyond the classical oppositions Europe/Mediterranean, North/South; West/East, etc., and facilitate the configurations of a new dimension of social space and daily life.
In the present context, characterized by conflicts and instability, the dialogue among cultures and societies of the Mediterranean, in order to promote pluralism, diversity and freedom, is undoubtedly more necessary. Indeed, the increasing globalization and the massive migration flows ensure that the exchanges among different civilizations becomes more intense.
The aim of this Conference is thus to increase awareness about the Mediterranean as a departure and arrival point for the construction of a pluralistic society, starting from a great variety of cultures, societies and ways of life. We also aim at disseminating the research results on such topics. On the basis of these considerations, the Conference is open to contributions that address the great questions concerning the Mediterranean, the cultures and the societies developed on its shores.

Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean

Prof Mohieddine Hadhri /Consultant UNESCO

At the beginning of the 21st century, the Mediterranean is the world’s most visited region and a top touristic destination. The Mediterranean is also the cradle of important civilizations bringing together countries and peoples of different religions, languages and cultures, that share, however, a multi-secular common heritage. The Declaration by the UN of the 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in recognition of the increasing importance of Tourism and culture in the world. This talk will address two main issues :

• 1-Defining the relationship between World heritage and Sustainable tourism in the new context of globalized economies and societies.
• 2-Identifying the huge Challenges of Massive Tourism and threats for Cultural Heritage , sites and monuments in the Mediterranean area today. Moreover, It is agreed that there are many challenges and complex relationships between World Heritage Properties and Tourism Development.

1- The relationship between World Heritage and tourism is two-ways :
• A- The sustainable tourism is a driving force for cultural heritage .The World Heritage offers tourists/visitors and the tourism sector destinations top tourists attraction, providing excellent opportunities for spreading prosperity and economic growth.
• B-The negative impacts of mismanaged Tourism means, the destruction, the degradation of a number of World Heritage sites and fragile Properties and natural landscapes.

2- In this context, the Sustainable tourism priorities are the following :
• 1) Balancing heritage preservation and tourism imperatives through creating a governance framework that promotes sustainable tourism .
• 2) Make optimal use of environmental resources that maintaining essential ecological diversity.
• 3) Respect the socio-cultural authenticity ,diversity, and world heritage sites and properties.