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Revista interamericana de ambiente y turismo

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LEON B, José Marcelo. Cultural landscape and a new way of understanding Ecuador’s heritage. Rev. interam. ambient. tur. [online]. 2018, vol.14, n.2, pp.161-169. ISSN 0717-6651.

The classic approach to dealing with cultural heritage in Ecuador translates into the verticalized management of assets inherited from parents. This means that the institutions involved organize and plan the way these resources must be handled, managed and used. The final result of this approach leads to isolated and individual actions for managing a particular asset, completely unconnected from the other areas of cultural value and from the territorial and geographic context where they are found. From this classic and verticalized perspective, when the management plans and interventions with respect to the asset reach local contexts, a set of problems emerges, such as the lack of participation and commitment on the part of the local population in the interventions, conflicts of interest between the local institutions and populations with regard to the development of the assets, and a lack of dialog for the active generation of standards and criteria to draft handling policies and local management of the asset. This entire issue brings to light the enormous challenge of overcoming the classic ways of managing natural and heritage resources: This is about placing value on cultural and territorial completeness, stimulating the population's active participation, and setting methodological and pedagogical organizational processes in motion that become key strategies for the optimal management of the territories, generating a sustainable economic, social and cultural development to the benefit of the communities that inhabit them and the strengthening of their cultural assets.

Palabras clave : Cultural heritage; territory; appreciation; management policies; local management..

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