Mining heritage, local development and territory identity: The case of Sardinia
This chapter will analyze the evolution of mining heritage management and promotion in Sardinia. The core theme will be the analysis of the changing perception of mines as an economic and development opportunity occurring in the shift from the productive phase to the transformation of mines into tourism attractions. In this analysis we will focus on the Geopark creation process and the inclusion in the related UNESCO list. The analysis will also be based on the interviews held with local decision makers, social and economic actors. Particular attention will be paid to identity issues in the background of the local development process.