Mediterranean Diet Forum 2012
MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND
OLIVE GROVE LANDSCAPE - THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM OPENS AT IMPERIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AUDITORIUM
Among this meeting objectives: to take actions in favor of Olive grove landscape preservation and the feedback about Mediterranean diet valorization path
Since one year and a half from the first session (on May 6-7, 2011) and two year since UNESCO recognition to the Mediterranean Diet, the International Forum brings together, for its second edition, delegates from 14 Mediterranean countries, merged into "Re.C.O.Med. (Mediterranean Olive Oil Cities Network)", born in Imperia last 17 November, 2011.
Two years after UNESCO recognition to the Mediterranean Diet, Imperia International Forum aims to take stock of valorization path of this healthy Diet that favors olive oil, cereals, fish, fruits and vegetables.
Mediterranean Diet, UNESCO label and intangible heritage, Mediterranean Olive Grove landscape, whose ReCOMed is carrying on the recognition path to UNESCO, are the focal issues discussed during the 3 day of 2012 Forum. Culture, landscape and territory but also tourism and employment.
Imperia is back as olive oil capital city again. Olive oil, as symbol of a Mediterranean diet, represents a correct life style, asset for a revitalization that starts from the environment and its products. Just from this precious "green gold", from the universal values at the base of its culture rises a new bet in order to join development opportunities together with better life standards: these are among conclusions contained in the "2011 Mediterranean Forum proceedings", which have been discussed during the opening day (November 15, 2012).
Also, on Friday November 16, ReCOMed held its third Board of Directors, to the presence of delegates from Croatia, Morocco, Spain and Turkey, beyond Italy with President Enrico Lupi. The meeting was exceptionally enlarged for this occasion to the other present countries: Albania, Greece, Israel, Slovenia, Tunisia and Lebanon. Lebanon joined the network as thirteenth country just during the current Board of Directors session.
Foreign delegations, all together, have been called to reflect about promotion of the common Olive cultural heritage and local tourism enhanced through this tree and its products. To reflect also on recent data showing an increasing defection from olive grove areas with worrying repercussions on hydro geological soils 'shape, on the whole ecosystem but above all on local agricultural economy and on historical recollection belonging to centuries-old olive trees.