Salt in our veins

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he work studies the transformation process of a productive activity (obtaining salt in artisanal solar evaporation salinas) into a multifunctional one focused on heritage, combining tourism, gastronomy and wellbeing. This heritage-based transformation process -i.e. patrimonialisation- aims to maintain an age-old activity while protecting the natural, cultural and human values of traditional saltscapes and providing an opportunity for sustainable and sound local socio-economic development. The study compares these processes in nine inland salinas in Spain, protected as Sites of Cultural Interest, and three other salt making sites in Denmark, France and Slovenia. From this work, good practices are extracted that may be useful to understand and support similar heritage processes in other cultural landscapes, whether associated with salt or other products.

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Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2019) Salt in our veins: The patrimonialization processes of artisanal salt and saltscapes in Europe and their contribution to local development. Parthenon Verlag, Kaiserslautern

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The protection of some inland salinas as a Good of Cultural Interest is a relatively recent phenomenon. With this work in print, there are eight of these facilities declared as such and another about to be. Despite enjoying this high level of legal protection, the situation in which this heritage is found is very different from one to the other. With different ownership and management structures, disparate recovery efforts and value enhancement, the results must therefore be uneven. This book, “Salty people”, explains the recent history of the nine inland Salinas declared as Good of Cultural Interest. It aims to provide a better understanding of the extraordinary heritage legacy of the inland salinas and to offer the experiences learned by the people and institutions working in the areas studied. Confronting and resolving the various difficulties that have arisen has also produced a set of good practices that should be recognised by the various authors. For this reason, the title of the work refers to the effort that so many people have made to make their heritage a living legacy. It is recommended that the reading of this book be complemented by the one entitled “Sal en el salero” (“Salt in the Salt Shaker”), which offers reflections and tools for the management of salt heritage and landscapes in general, illustrated with abundant examples and case studies from different places in the world.

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Hueso, K. (2015) Gente salada. Las salinas de interior, ¿un patrimonio vivo? IPAISAL, Collado Mediano

SAL EN EL SALERO

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Salt mines, salt lagoons, salt rivers, there are many places where salt is the protagonist and shapes specific landscapes. In Spain there were almost a thousand of these saltscapes. Associated with them is a rich heritage, both tangible and intangible, the product of a complex historical past. In some of the most important salt making facilities, this legacy has been acknowledged under different protection instruments. For example, with this work in print, there were eight inland salinas in Spain that have been declared as Good of Cultural Interest and another one about to be. This book, “Salt in the Salt Shaker”, offers tools for the management of salt heritage and landscapes illustrated with abundant examples and case studies from different parts of the world. The aim is to provide a better understanding of the extraordinary heritage legacy of inland salinas and to contribute, with a management model, to making saltscapes and their heritage living spaces. As a complement to this book, there is another one entitled “Gente salada” (“Salty people”), which explains in detail the recent history of the inland salinas that have been or are in the process of being declared a Good of Cultural Interest in Spain. It analyses the challenges and difficulties they face and offers a compendium of good practices.

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Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2015) Sal en el salero. Gestión del patrimonio y los paisajes de la sal en el siglo XXI. IPAISAL, Collado Mediano

Los paisajes ibéricos de la sal. Humedales salinos de interior.

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Salt landscapes are those created by the presence, in different forms, of salt water in the environment. This circumstance, inherent to areas close to seas and oceans, is rare and fragile when found inland. But the rarity and fragility are not an obstacle to the existence of a great variety of these landscapes. In the specific case of the inland saltscapes of the Iberian Peninsula, we can find salt marshes, salt flats, salt meadows, salt wadis and salty or saline lagoons, which are easily identifiable in some areas.
The first volume of the mini-series “Iberian Saltscapes” dealt with inland salt making sites of the Iberian Peninsula. On this occasion, attention is paid to other saltscapes: those which exist naturally and which, due to their characteristics, are fragile, valuable and unique ecosystems in the European context. Traditionally little or not at all appreciated, these wetlands are places where the confluence of different factors, from geological to climatic, have produced a different world where plant and animal species have adapted to particularly harsh conditions.
In this book the reader will find a census of inland saline wetlands in Spain and Portugal and a detailed presentation of eight sites representative of these special saltscapes throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

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Hueso, K. & Carrasco, J.-F. (Coords.) (2009) Los paisajes ibéricos de la sal. 2. Humedales salinos de interior. Asociación de Amigos de las Salinas de Interior, Guadalajara

Las salinas de los espacios naturales protegidos de la provincia de Guadalajara.

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We associate protected areas with landscapes of great beauty and spectacularity: sharp mountains, deep valleys, deep forests… But they also provide shelter to a natural heritage of a more modest appearance, but which is the reflection of a human activity that is essential for the survival of humans and his beasts: obtaining salt. Two of the protected natural areas in the province of Guadalajara are home to a rich salt making legacy, with imposing buildings, hydraulic devices, the know-how of those who worked there, as well as very rare and fragile plant communities and salt habitats that came to light thanks to salt production activity. This booklet invites you on a journey through a cultural landscape that is unique in Europe: the saltscapes of inland salinas. Enjoy!

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Hueso Kortekaas, K. & Carrasco Vayá, J.-F. (2008) Las salinas de los espacios naturales protegidos de la provincia de Guadalajara. Asociación de Amigos de las Salinas de Interior, Guadalajara .

Los paisajes de la sal interior. Un Endemismo iberico.

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We associate protected areas with landscapes of great beauty and spectacularity: sharp mountains, deep valleys, deep forests… But they also provide shelter to a natural heritage of a more modest appearance, but which is the reflection of a human activity that is essential for the survival of humans and his beasts: obtaining salt. Two of the protected natural areas in the province of Guadalajara are home to a rich salt making legacy, with imposing buildings, hydraulic devices, the know-how of those who worked there, as well as very rare and fragile plant communities and salt habitats that came to light thanks to salt production activity. This booklet invites you on a journey through a cultural landscape that is unique in Europe: the saltscapes of inland salinas. Enjoy!

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Carrasco, J.-F. & Hueso, K. (Coords.) (2008) Los paisajes ibéricos de la sal. 1. Las salinas de interior, Asociación de Amigos de las Salinas de Interior, Guadalajara

Propuesta de Plan de Uso Público del Complejo Lagunar de la Salada de Chiprana

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The Salada de Chiprana lake complex is a group of salt lakes hidden in a semi-arid plain, next to Los Monegros and near the majestic Ebro river on its way through Caspe and Mequinenza. Due to its geological and hydrobiological conditions and its plant communities, this area is considered a unique jewel of Western Europe. Thanks to its importance for birds, the wetland is included in the Ramsar list. Despite being a fragile environment (it is surrounded by crops, some of which are irrigated), the Natural Resources Management Plan is still being revised. Fortunately, there is not much tourism pressure, which allowed drafting the Public Use Plan Proposal in this publication, without any previous flaws.

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Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2004) Propuesta de Plan de Uso Público del Complejo Lagunar de la Salada de Chiprana (Zaragoza). Self published, Serie técnica, Informes Medioambientales nº 1, Guadalajara