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UNESCO Andalucía has worked with local populations in activities to support Alpujarra declaration as world heritage site by UNESCO.

P. Romero, researcher at UGR, held a workshop about techniques for screening and flotation of ‪archaeological‬ sediment, dedicated to undergraduate students.

The University of Cordoba conducts a soil and agroclimatic study in Cañar to determine which products would be most profitable and suitable to cultivate due to ground conditions.

Seminar about participatory guarantee systems in organic production dedicated to farmers in Cáñar, organised by the Universities of Córdoba and Granada and the private company Arqueoandalusí Arqueología y Patrimonio Ltd.


Simultaneously with the installation of continuous measurement sensors at certain points of the Acequia de Barjas system, we are making some point flow measurements in the Río Chico. The main control point is located where the Río Chico crosses the limit of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada. That point drains the whole upper Río Chico basin, including the infiltration from the “Acequia de Barjas”.

A PhD thesis developed as part of the MEMOLA project is analizing the relation between the arabic irrigation systems of Granada and the colonial agrosystems of México.


The MEMOLA project is analizing the whole hidraulic use in the basin of the Chico river, in order to know the general context in which irrigation systems like Cáñar are situated.

Seminars and workshops

Seminars and workshops are an essential part of the consortium approach to scientific research. We use them to involve professionist, private companies, organizations, local and regional policy makers over agriculture, territorial planning, rural development and cultural heritage, sharing differente working techniques and specific methodologies. The practical side of these activities let us embrace very different fields, from advanced IT tecniques to tradtional skills and know-how, adding often an important socioeconomic value.


MEMOLA project together with the University of Granada, the company Arqueoandalusi arqueología y patrimonio S.L.  and the UNESCO Centre of Andalusia organised a field activity around the historical irrigation channel in high mountain of Lugros. The goal is to recover and to put in use two traditional irrigation channels. 

We held two discussion groups about the historical irrigation systems, with the participation of MEMOLA coordinator, the mayor of Lugros, the president of UNESCO Andalucia, the presidents of the Irrigator Communities of Lugros and Cáñar along with farmers, stockbreeders, shepherds and environmental sciences students.