The Universitat de València organises formative sessions on the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia in Quart de Poblet, Llíria, Picanya and Alboraya


The Universitat, through the Office of the Vice-Principal for Territorial Projection and Society, launches the conference on El Tribunal de les Aigües i el seu X Aniversari com a Patrimoni Immaterial de la Humanitat (The Water Tribunal of the plan of Valencia and its 10th Anniversary as Intangible Heritage of Humanity) in four Valencian towns. Lecturers will include professors from the Universitat de València, technicians from the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian Government) and jurists from the Water Tribunal, all of them whom are experts in the field.

This awareness programme about the Water Tribunal will be held on November 21st in Quart de Poblet, on November 28th on Llíria, on December 4th in Picanya and on December 12th in Alboraya.  The fourth encounters have been scheduled in the afternoon, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. The Vice-Principal for Territorial Projection and Society, Jorge Hermosilla, and the President of the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia, Onofre Cubells, will open the conferences along with the Mayors of the host towns:  Carmen Martínez (Quart de Poblet), Manuel Civera (Llíria), Josep Almenar (Picanya) and Miguel Chavarría (Alboraya)

The session will include the projection of the audiovisual Docufòrum: El Tribunal de les Aigües de l’Horta de València (Docufòrum: The Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia, which is a video made in high definition by the Universitat de València that deals, with a documentary style, both the historical, social and cultural significance of the Water Tribunal, as well as other aspects related to the Horta, such as the agricultural landscape, the relationship between the city and the Horta or traditional irrigation.

The conference will include two lectures, in which the professors of the Department of Administrative and Procedural Law of the Universitat de València, José Bonet and María José Mascarell, and the jurists of the Water Tribunal, Javier Pastor, secretary of the Mislata Acequia, and María José Ordeig, secretary of the Rovella Acequia.

 “The Water Tribunal is the heritage of all Valencians; that is why the UV, through its experts, will organise symposiums in the Valencian territory with the objective of bringing knowledge to the Valencian society about the Water Tribunal and the importance of the Valencian water landscapes, source of identity, biodiversity and agro-diversity, and strategic resource for the economic sustainability of the communities of irrigators and populations,” said the Vice-Principal of Territorial Projection and Society, Jorge Hermosilla.

The president of the Water Tribunal, Onofre Cubells, expressed his gratitude to the Universitat de València for “the collaborative work in the laudable mission of disseminating the patrimonial values of the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia”.

This initiative is part of the plan of activities and commemorative events that the UV is carrying out during 2019, in collaboration with other institutions, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the declaration of the Water Tribunal as Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The aim of these conferences in the territory is for Valencian society to appreciate the cultural and environmental values of the traditional Valencian culture of irrigation, as well as to highlight the historical trajectory of the Water Tribunal, which has been responsible for more than a millennium for ensuring the distribution of water in the Valencian orchard.

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