Cultural Heritage, Biodiversity and Resilience. Main Results from the Forum in Palau Robert


The 1st Forum on Cultural Heritage, Biodiversity and Resilience was held at the Palau Robert (Barcelona), on November 22, 2018, with the support of the consulates from Colombia and Mexico in Barcelona. The forum has highlighted the need to link efforts to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage of native peoples.

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Day: November 22, 2018

Place: Palau Robert, Passeig de Gràcia, 107, Barcelona

Time: 4:00 PM


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The forum has been considered a great success of assistance and participation of different stakeholders from both university and public and private institutions that are working on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Present at the opening were representatives of the Consulates of Mexico and Colombia in Barcelona and Carme Gual, the Director from the Catalan Cooperation Agency for Development.


During the first part of the event, the projects that the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability is leading in Mexico and Colombia have been presented. The coordinator of the ICH research line, Angela Ma. Moreno Barros has highlighted the need to link efforts to safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage from native peoples.



During the last 4 years projects have been articulated with the Embera-Katio and Zenú communities in Córdoba, Colombia. In addition, the results of the Master's in Sustainability work of three Mexican researchers from the PhD in Sustainability of the UPC were shown.

In the first place, the work of Ana Gladys Ramírez, on traditional knowledge of women associated with the use of plants in orchards, in Puebla. Secondly, Carmen Sandoval, on safeguarding ancestral knowledge for the realization of a ritual drink used by the Zapotec people, which links the cocoa ecosystems from the state of Chiapas with the elaboration through women in the state of Oaxaca. Finally, the work of Ruth Villalobos, on the sustainable management of the Sotol production, a traditional drink from the Lagunera region, of the state of Coahuila.


The presentation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage projects from the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the UPC can be downloaded here.



Subsequently, two PCI experts, Lluís Garcia Petit and Anna Goycoolea of the Institut de Patrimoni Cultural Immaterial (IPACIM), developed the most relevant aspects of the 2003 UNESCO Convention and the Safeguarding Policies of the PCI, with special emphasis on Mexico and Catalunya.



The first part of the event concluded with a very motivating presentation by Joaquim Revert, from Univ. de València, highlighting the links between the ICH and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially from the architectural heritage.

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The second part of the program has focused on a conservatory, formed by Margarita Pacheco, Director of the Ambiente de Paz Documentary Series and collaborator from the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability and the RECNET network, which has joined Joaquim Revert and Lluís Garcia Petit, moderated by the president of RECNET, Duvan Hernán López.


The conversation began with the screening of three trailers of the Colombian documentary series Ambiente de Paz: Bosques en Colombia, Pesca Artesanal, Páramo Sumapaz

AMBIENTE DE PAZ is a documentary series that asks: How is it possible to live from fishing, agriculture and livestock and with an environmental perspective? Hand in hand with peasants, fishermen and expert researchers, it poses options to restore the relationship of the human being with the land.


The series was supported by the Delegation of the European Union in Colombia, the Amazon Scientific Research Institute (SINCHI), the Pacific Environmental Research Institute (IIAP), the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH), the Fundación Tropenbos Colombia and CAR Cundinamarca. In addition, it counted with the contribution of investigative material of the Alexander Von Humboldt Institute, National Natural Parks and the Natura Foundation.



The Zenú leader Ruth Vega from Tuchín, Colombia, representing CORPOMEXIÓN, an entity where more than 600 families of artisans of the Zenú ethnic group, from the department of Córdoba, Colombia, and with an experience of 10 years of work in consolidation of Resilience and Development strategies through crafts, presented the OVOP strategy for the protection of the Zenú cultural heritage, based on the development of handicraft with "caña flecha". He has also presented the Joint Work Plan to promote Zenú crafts in Europe, through the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, through the new e-commerce webpage.


The Zenú leader has been accompanied by Toshihiko Matsuki, Principal Advisor of the OVOP Colombia Project, who has presented the worldwide impact of the OVOP project.


Slide Presentation by Ruth Vega. Download Here



The event was closed with the opening of the Zenú art exhibition, and the exhibition "The Last Guardians of Paradise" by the Mexican artist Tomás Pineda, presented by Miguel Vives, coordinator of the Culture Department from the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability.