ICOMOS IBEROAMERICAN-MEDITERRANEAN DAYS: THE CANARY ISLANDS: A
CULTURAL CROSSROADS BETWEEN CONTINENTS. SEPTEMBER 5-8, 1998, SAN
CRISTÓBAL DE LA LAGUNA (CANARY ISLANDS. SPAIN)
Topics: Cultural Routes and Cultural Tourism; Reciprocal
Influences; Heritage and Cultural Route Legislation.
- To reaffirm the universal significance of these Iberoamerican-Mediterranean
Days by recognizing that a new appreciation for the common aspects
of the cultural aspects of different cultures of the world is an
efficient way of achieving understanding and protection of the
heritage that benefits us all.
- To recognize that the study, in-depth examination, and
appreciation of cultural itineraries or routes is one of the most
suitable means of achieving acceptance and integration of
different cultural patterns and of contributing to an
understanding of their universality.
- To support the creation of the International Scientific
Committee on Cultural Routes as a valuable tool for coordinated
ICOMOS action for achieving understanding, universality, and
recognition of the cultural bonds of mankind.
- To take due note that among the many points of crossing between
Iberoamerica and the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in general
and the city of Laguna de Tenerife in particular have been a
crucial point along Mediterranean and Iberoamerican cultural
routes, from East to West and from North to South, that is,
between Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.
- To recognize that a cultural itinerary or route as such
necessarily includes a number of material elements and objects
linked to other values of an intangible nature by the connecting
thread of a civilizing process of decisive importance at a given
time in history for a particular society or group.
- To recognize that protection of cultural itineraries or routes
implicitly includes protection of the regional or local cultures
currently existing and integrated into their respective geographic
- To recommend that cultural routes as a concept be based on
cultural values and their protection, and accordingly that account
be taken of the recent Cultural Tourism Charter currently in the
final drafting stage in order to prevent improper or destructive
use of tangible and intangible heritage.
- To recognize the great complexity and cultural, material,
geographic, and intellectual diversity affecting the definition of
a Cultural Route by supporting the work of the International
Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes now being established for
drafting of principles and the relevant conceptual definitions.
- To recommend to the different countries sharing a common
cultural route that each country adapt its legislation in order to
provide adequate protection.
- To understand these conclusions and the work of these Second
Days as a continuation of the accomplishments and conclusions of
the I Iberoamerican Days (La Rioja-Alcalá de Henares-Madrid,
1997) and of the Seminar on 'Cultural Routes of the Mediterranean:
Commerce and Civilization and their Cross-Continental Projection'
(Alicante, 1997), both of them ICOMOS events, as well as of the
UNESCO meeting on Cultural Itineraries sponsored by the Ministry
of Culture of Spain with the participation of ICOMOS (Madrid,