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Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet newsletter, a collaborative publication coordinated by the seven emblematic communities of this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 
Mediterranean Diet News & Stories

Municipality of Pollica to Lead the UNESCO Network of Emblematic Communities in 2022. 

Italy, through the Municipality of Pollica, will lead the coordination of the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities in 2022. The decision was voted unanimously at the eleventh intergovernmental meeting of the Network held under the coordination of the Emblematic Community of Koroni (Greece).
Read the Press Release

Carnival: Symbolic Rituals and Nutrition Practices

Carnival is considered as one of the countless traditions, with roots that go back decades, and even centuries, into antiquity. The spirit of carnival is similarly celebrated in many countries, often regardless of religious beliefs, because apart from the mirth and joyful time it symbolizes the facets of life.
Learn more about the tradition of Carnival

World Wetlands Day - 2 February

For thousands of years, wetlands in the Mediterranean have provided people with water, food, building materials, fertile soil, navigation, and energy. Areas with a water source were a prerequisite for life, so there were developed today’s cities, such as Stari Grad on Island Hvar in Croatia, Tavira in Portugal, and Soria in Spain. Next to wetlands, we also find archeological sites that testify to the life of the community in this area.
Learn more about Mediterranean wetlands

Mediterranean Vegetable Garden in Hora, Greece

In the beginning of March 2022, pupils from the 2nd Primary School of Hora (Municipality of Pylos-Nestor), will start growing vegetables as a teaching resource so as to make them understand where their food originally comes from. 

Food growing can teach children about soil, nutrition, science, and life cycles of the vegetables and the eusocial species attracted to the garden.

Learn more about this garden project
Upcoming Events

International Mediterranean Diet Conference

The International Mediterranean Diet Conference takes place every two years during Alimentaria – The International Food, Drinks and Food Service Trade Show.

The next edition will take place April 4th to 7th 2022 (the date of the conference is yet to be determined) in Barcelona, Spain. Two days of conferences conducted by international experts on the Mediterranean Diet through a holistic vision.

Learn more about the Mediterranean Diet Conference
Emblematic Community Spotlight

Tavira, Portugal - Traditional Olive Groves

The cultivation of olive groves was brought to the Portuguese territory by the Phoenicians and was continued by the Romans, Visigoths and, later, by the Arabs. These ones were, in fact, responsible for the Portuguese name of this vegetable oil – “Azeite” – which has its origins in the Arabic words “Az zayt” which means “olive juice.”
Learn more about the Emblematic Community of Tavira
Training Tools
Learn more about UNESCO and the international protection of Cultural Heritage through multilingual training tools here. 
Discover Moroccan Besara and other Mediterranean Diet recipes here. 
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