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La Gomera terraces attract international attention 

The unusual terraced landscape of La Gomera is becoming as much a tourist attraction as an agricultural peculiarity.

In fact, they have put the island so much on the international map that it has been chosen to host the fourth World Congress of Terraces which will bring together a host of landscape experts.

President of the Cabildo, Casimiro Curbelo said that during the coming weeks, there would be visits to several points of the island’s geography to select work spaces for the celebration of this event.

“La Gomera is committed to the recovery and con-servation of its terraces,” he stressed.

The island has already pledged an investment of three million euros towards their conservation.

Sr. Curbelo said the oppor-tunity to host the IV World Congress of Terraces was “a boost for the recovery of these spaces which cover 38 per cent of the surface of La Gomera.”

The congress will include the setting up of a research forum to determine future actions and encourage additional programmes linked to the promotion of agriculture.

But the president also stressed the tourism interest that these landscapes arouse, mainly in the most rugged areas, and the economic opportunities that this aspect opens up as an attraction for visitors. He added that “the terraces are a reflection of the symbiosis between sustaina-bility and development that has always characterised the island, making them living landscapes in which we work for their protection and conservation.”

He also recalled that the Insular Management Plan of La Gomera (PIOG) promotes the terraces as a formula to enhance plant recolonisation and reduce erosion.

The planned programme includes 25 actions in the six municipalities, mainly focused on the rehabilitation of fallen walls and the stabilisation of others at risk.