IV ITLA WORLD CONGRESS 2019
In our complex contemporary world, the construction of the Landscape is one of the essential actions that we must promote and fulfill: RE-ENCHANTING TERRACES is one of these actions.
Perceiving, Representing and Acting on terraces around the world means understanding the meaning of "constructing the landscape", in which the terraced territories are intrinsically linked to their population and their living conditions, giving a fundamental importance to the nature of the territory, as well as to the social and economic agents of "Right Livelihood" and society.
"The challenge in these terraced territories is to find new ways of living in them and cultivating them that imply a good use of resources."
At present, the terraces, their structures, their habitat and their ecological functions are in retreat (breakage of the retaining walls and subsequent loss of crop soils, abandonment ...) with a consequent and important change in the value and perception of the landscape
There is a real concern to experiment and share new visions, strategies and innovative proposals for terraced territories and their inhabitants. To take care of terraced areas is to recognize the fact that they can clearly respond to a series of demands of today's society, such as the preservation of historical and cultural value, the improvement of the quality of life and the need of the human being to have a sense of belonging to their territory and sustainable development. Right Livelihood is a collective effort to recreate and rethink the new role of mountain territories.
It is encouraging to see how the recent interest in the re-enchantment of terraced territories is underway, led in many places by the communities themselves, local authorities and farmers. In fact, a growing involvement of many young people in working on the land is appearing as well as a demand for support from local authorities and society to fulfill their ambitions.
The challenge in these terraced territories is to find new ways of living in them and cultivating them that imply a good use of resources. The viability of agricultural development in terraced territories can be significantly improved by consolidating new economies, adding value to local products and introducing more circular systems in small-scale economies.