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Mediterranean Diet News & Stories

TerritorialMED Project – Safeguarding and Enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet in the regions

In 2013 UNESCO defined the Mediterranean Diet in Portugal as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. In Alentejo region, the largest region in mainland Portugal, representing one third of the territory, traditions, festivities, gastronomy, natural heritage, are a evidence of the Mediterranean Diet and part of its historical and sociocultural roots. 
Mediterranean Diet in Centro region

TerritorialMED Project – Safeguarding and Enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet in the regions

In the Center region were the marks of the movement of the different peoples of the world and their cultures, throughout the Iberian Peninsula, who over the centuries, through trade, settled in this territory, left an indelible mark on this millenary culture that we still want and dare to safeguard.
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Grandma’s Kitchen – Promoting the Mediterranean diet across generations

“Grandmother’s Kitchen – Healthy Eating, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship” is a community project that aims to promote sustainable food, based on the principles and products of the Mediterranean Diet.
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DiMEd: Educational digital resources regarding the Mediterranean Diet

“DiMEd – Mediterranean Diet: multidimensionality as a support for education and professional training”, comprises the development and production of educational resources, in digital format, through a close cooperation between players in the vocational education and training system, research and other local entities. This project covers several themes associated with the Mediterranean Diet.
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Climate Change on the Island of Hvar

To be able to understand the climate change, it is necessary to monitor and measure data in one area continuously over a period of thirty years. 
Since the continuous weather measurements at the global level started approximately 150 years ago, the island of Hvar is one of the lucky places in this respect, and we can learn about the climate in the past only on the basis of archival sources and records, it is difficult to give a univocal answer to many questions and challenges related to the climate change. 

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A Century and a half old Weather Chest

The island of Hvar was entered in the weather map some 150 years ago thanks to the tireless and enthusiastic local researcher Grgur Bučić, who was among other things, the founder of the Hvar weather station back in 1858.

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Mediterranean Diet in the Village of Bogomolje on the Island of Hvar

The recipes were collected and presented by the archaeologist Nikša Vujnović, whose family on the mother’s side originates from Bogomolje, according to the records of his relative Gordana Barbarić, who inherited the recipes from her mother Perica Matijašević (1910 – 2002).

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Past Events


The Municipality of Pollica, the Mediterranean Diet Study Center "Angelo Vassallo," and the Future Food Institute, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and with the participation of UNESCO representatives, organized, a series of High-Level events in New York to explore the opportunity to foster mutual actions to strengthen Mediterranean alliances and promote "Mediterranean Diet" has a strategic asset for sustainable development.

Watch the event on UN Media TV

Safeguarding dry stone wallings in the region of Agros

On 18 November 2022, a dry stone workshop was organised in the community of Agros, to raise awareness about the technique and to transmit knowledge and skills related to the restoration of drystone. The workshop was organized in the framework of the  3PRO-TROODOS research project, with the aim to highlight the importance of dry stone constructions and to provide theoretical and practical training to the public.

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Happy Birthday Mediterranean Diet!

The 16 November 2022, we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the recognition of the Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity thanks to its ability to unite man and nature through social rituals in which the community’s diet becomes a unique cultural moment for sharing the social identity of individuals. In Pollica, home to the UNESCO emblematic community of the Mediterranean Diet, from 11 to 16 November, the Mediterranean Diet festival was held to celebrate this lifestyle recognised throughout the world.

Read more about the celebration
Emblematic Community Spotlight

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, capital of the province and home to 54,562 inhabitants, is located in the north-western region of Morocco at an altitude of 600m and is defined in the north by the Mediterranean Sea.

Chefchaouen is heavily wooded and includes one of the largest fir forests in Morocco, constituting a natural park listed as an area of biological interest. Rich in water resources, it also has the long river Oued Laou which flows throughout the province, with the famous water sources of Ras elma,Tissemlan, Cherafat d’Akchour and Magoun.

Learn more about the Emblematic Community of Chefchaouen
Training Tools
Learn more about the UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through our multilingual training tool here. 
Discover the traditional Bessara, and other Mediterranean Diet recipes here. 
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