Cape Verdean cultural landscapes win UNESCO award

The Cape Verde Cultural Heritage Institute won the Melina Mercouri International Prize, awarded by UNESCO.

The Cape Verde Cultural Heritage Institute won the Melina Mercouri International Prize, awarded by UNESCO.

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The 30.000€ prize will be used to create a management plan and an interpretation center, as well as to promote the training of young tour guides and female entrepreneurship.

"It is a priority to take actions to improve the living conditions of the communities, to protect this cultural and natural ecosystem in a sustainable way," said Hamilton Jair Fernandes, president of the Cape Verde Cultural Heritage Institute, on Monday, during the award ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

On the same occasion, the official said that the 30.000 USD from the International Melina Mercouri Prize, awarded by UNESCO since 1995, will be used to create a management plan and an interpretation center for the National Park of Cova, Paul and Ribeira da Torre, located in the eastern side of the island of Santo Antão.

Training young tourist guides and promoting female entrepreneurship are two other aspects in which the president of the Institute intends to bet, with the aim of "guaranteeing a good experience to those who visit" the natural park. The park is one of the ten located in the archipelago and was classified as a protected area in 2004.

The park "is an emblematic example of Cape Verde's mountain marshes and one of its most important agricultural ecosystems", says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The "extraordinary contribution" of the Cultural Heritage Institute in the protection, management and development of the Natural Park, "involving the park's inhabitants and ensuring the sustainable use of resources", justifies the award.

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