The Montseny Biosphere Reserve and Natural Park is a mainly mountain area located at about 40 km from Barcelona. About 100,000 people live in the 25 cities and villages established within the limits of the reserve. Due to the differences in altitude and climate that exist within the park, and to the careful preservation of its fragile ecosystems, the area contains a wide variety of fauna that ranges from Mediterranean to alpine. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times and there are also a large number of megalithic structures in the park.
The project aims at promoting the contribution of intangible cultural heritage to sustainable development, according to the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The “methodology for the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in biosphere reserves”, inscribed in the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices of the UNESCO Convention, was developed at the Montseny Biosphere Reserve and includes not only guidelines to carry out the identification of the concerned heritage, but also some practical notes on how the intangible elements can contribute to sustainable development.
The coordinators of the project are willing to share its recognized experience to help other biosphere reserves or natural protected areas identify and take advantage of its intangible cultural heritage, wich is in many cases closely related to the environment. As the Montseny inventory is currently under an updating process, the interested territories will be able to take advantage of the lessons learned until today in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve.
The whole proposed project includes a specific training on the methodology for the inventorying of intangible cultural heritage, the definition of a participatory process, the inventory making and the launch of some specific actions for the promotion of sustainable development. However, the scope of the project can be adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of each area.
Fostering intangible cultural heritage as driver for sustainable development in natural protected areas