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Irrigated rural landscapes as cultural heritage in the Mediterranean basin and beyond

On 18 April ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, announced the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS). Every year since 1982, on this date, initiatives have been carried out to raise awareness on the themes of cultural heritage, their importance and their vulnerability.
For 2019 the theme identified is that of rural landscapes, in order to develop awareness about their importance, the critical issues related to their conservation and how they are intrinsically linked to sustainable development.

Paesaggi Meridiani for IDMS

To respond to this call launched by ICOMOS, and in continuity with its own lines of research and action, Paesaggi Meridiani intends to organize a series of initiatives, related to the theme of irrigated rural landscapes, which will take place in Basilicata from 18 April, until the beginning of May 2019.
The aim is to promote the knowledge of irrigation rural landscapes belonging to different geographical areas, explore similarities and differences and identify possible strategies and/or actions for their protection.
The main initiative will be the setting up of a photographic exhibition with images concerning irrigated rural landscapes in the Mediterranean area, the Arabian peninsula and Central Asia.
Another initiative will be the organization of visits to some rural irrigation landscapes in the Basilicata region.
After the exhibition, a publication will collect all the contributions.

Take part!

Scholars, professionals and students in landscape, architecture, archaeology, agronomy, hydrology or related fields are invited to submit their proposals by email to one of the following addresses:

For each proposed site are requested:

  • name of the site
  • from 3 to 5 good quality photographs, original jpg format, base size at least 2500 px.
  • captions for each photograph of approximately 90 characters including spaces.
  • a short descriptive text of the rural landscape presented, for a maximum of 2500 characters including spaces (texts for the publication can be longer and edited after the exhibition).

It is also requested a short biography of the author(s) (max 500 characters including spaces for each author). It is better to associate a small image with each profile.

The accepted proposals will be exposed in the exhibition and will be collected in the publication. Authors will be indicated among the Scientific Committee of the initiative and among the authors of the publication that will be produced.

English is the official language for all the texts.


Proposal submissions have been extended to April 10th.
To have more chance to be accepted, it is better to submit proposals before the deadline.