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The Community celebrates the first International Landscape Day in Ojós (20/10/2017)

The Autonomous Community celebrates today the first International Landscape Day of the Council of Europe, with the symbolic launching of balloons in the school of Ojós, to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the signing of the European Landscape Convention.

"We want to celebrate the landscape as an essential component of the environment of people, the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage and the foundation of their identity," said Laura Sandoval, director general of Territorial Planning, Architecture and Housing.

"From the coast to the interior lands, passing through the fertile fertile plain of the Segura, the Region of Murcia offers a mosaic of varied landscape that shapes a whole way of being, a whole way of understanding the occupation and use of the territory," he said. the director who remembered that the regional administration collected it with great photographic profusion in the Atlas of the Landscapes of the Region of Murcia.

Laura Sandoval recalled that the Region was a pioneer in the study of characterization and valuation of its landscapes;

"since the year 2000, seven landscape studies have been developed in the fields of other regions", which can be consulted in the Landscape Portal (

The director explained that Ojós has been chosen to "highlight the uniqueness offered by the landscape of the Valle de Ricote", which constitutes a homogeneous unit that offers the qualification 'very high' in biological wealth;

coherence and sustainability;

historical and cultural values;

identity and singularity;

and scenic values.

The whole area of ​​Ojós is located in the Valle de Ricote, which belongs to Vega Alta del Segura.

This section of the river runs forming a valley in rosary, when the straits (Canales, Solvent, Salto de la Novia, etc.) follow, with larger areas, buckets, where settle the populations and practice the agricultural activity together with other activities.

Sandoval stressed that the Moorish rural landscape of this stretch of the valley is situated on terraces "that have hardly evolved since the Hispano-Muslim era."

He described citrus and fruit orchards combined in the soil with tubers and vegetables, in which the palm tree, the Ricote Valley waterwheels, and the buildings on a dry stone slope (hormas) stand out, to retain soil and water in places high slope.

"Until the construction of the large reservoirs of the head of the Segura (Fuensanta and Cenajo), the gardens of the Ricote Valley also had cereals, vineyards, olive groves and morals. explained the director.

European Landscape Convention

The International Landscape Day is preceded by the Mediterranean Landscape Charter which was promoted by the regions of Andalusia, Languedoc-Roussillon and Veneto in the framework of the Council of Europe in the early 1990s.

In 2000, Member States signed the European Landscape Convention in Florence, and seven years later it was ratified by Spain and 29 other countries.

"The importance of this agreement is that it establishes the basis of the new conception of the landscape, as a heritage of society and as an important element in the quality of life of the population," said the director.

The ratification of the European Convention implies the legal recognition of the landscape as a public good, the implementation of landscape policies aimed at its protection, the development of public participation processes for the implementation of landscape policies, and the integration of the landscape into land planning and urban planning policies.

Source: CARM

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