The CCLC is a continuing productive landscape that consists of a series of six sites. In the words of the UNESCO heritage site, it “illustrates natural, economic, and cultural features, combined in a mountainous area with collaboratively farmed coffee plantation, some of these in clearings of high forest.” The CCLC is found on the foothills of Cordillera de los Andes in the west of the country. It began with Antioquian settlers setting up small farms in the 19th century, and so the CCLC has a economy and culture rooted in coffee. The heritage site continues to describe the process and geographic features typical in coffee production. According to the source,the urban spaces surrounding the CCLC are a mix of Spanish and indigenous cultures that has adapted to coffee production. The next sections of the source talk about the criteria that the CCLC falls under that classifies it as a UNESCO heritage site. Criterion V describes the CCLC as an example of continuing land use, due mostly to campesino farmers, innovation, and the focus of strong communities. Criterion VI talks about the very strong coffee tradition and the traditional techniques and clothing of the campesino farmers. The sections “Integrity” and “Authenticity” describe how the site is an integral role to Colombia’a national identity and also how integral this site is to the protection and continuation of the culture that was created around this site. Finally, “Protection and Management” describes the effects to protect the site, which includes custom laws and plans that benefit the formal management provisions. It also goes into some detail about the committees that are supposed to manage the site and also the threats to the site, such as mining.
Questions to consider: if this site disappeared, what do you think would happen to the people and culture that surrounds the site?
How did the history of Colombia impact or affect the site?