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Title: Rehabilitation of abandoned villages through tourism: a solution for sustainable heritage development?
Authors: Mascarenhas, José Manuel de
Filipe, Marisa
Barata, Leonor Themudo
Keywords: Abandoned villages
Heritage development
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Publisher: University of Aveiro
Citation: MASCARENHAS, J. de; FILIPE, M. & BARATA, L. - "Rehabilitation of abandoned villages through tourism: a solution for sustainable heritage development?", Proceedings of the International Conference on Rural Tourism “Re-inventing rural tourism and the rural tourism experience – Conserving, innovating and co-creating for sustainability” (4th-7th Sept. 2013, Aveiro Univ., Portugal), Aveiro: University of Aveiro, 2013, pp. 804-818. USB flash stick proceedings.
Abstract: Villages which have been abandoned during recent decades as a result of migration from rural areas constitute a serious problem which is all too common in many European countries. The aim of this paper is to examine the problem in Portugal and conduct a comparative study of four villages, set in a range of geographical and socio-economic contexts, which have been rehabilitated. These villages are associated with: different types of vernacular architecture; different types of traditional landscape; contrasting topographic contexts; and different causes of rural abandonment. The findings of this study point to the main requirements for improvement and recommendations are made for suitable developments in terms of the heritage in its broadest sense, including the surrounding landscape. Heritage character is not only important for the preservation of local identity but may also be associated with products and services which are marketed and is thus an essential factor for the socio-economic sustainability of rehabilitated villages.
ISBN: 978-989-20-4016-5
Type: article
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