Interpreting our natural heritage as part of our cultural identity in Europe’s protected areas.
Date: 18th – 21st March 2018
Title: Interpreting our natural heritage as part of our cultural identity in Europe’s protected areas.
Location: Gut Siggen
Type of event: European meeting: networks, NGO’s
Sharing experiences from across Europe to explore the role of protected areas in interpreting heritage for cultural identity as well as share best practise in interpretation.
Interpretation of natural and cultural landscapes is something inherent in most protected areas of Europe. Whether this be in the form of panels, exhibition in visitor centres or art installation. Helping visitors understand their cultural heritage and connect to nature is fundamental to European parks
Cultural Identity is rooted in the connection to the land. It is reflected in architecture, crafts, literature, and art and of course the food we eat. Cultural identity, however, is not always as fixed as it may seem. Interpretation can be a powerful tool to help communities appreciate their history, even if fractured by major forces such as war, translocation, politics, modern travel and connectivity. We will discuss and explore how protected areas can use interpretation sensitively to help understand, appreciate how our cultural identities form, their connection to nature and landscape and indeed how they change.