Duero-Douro is a transnational route based on the shared cultural and natural heritage with which the Duero River marks the unique landscapes it passes through.
The Duero-Douro Transnational Route is being developed since 1996 with the support of several Interreg A Spain-Portugal programmes that had join together all the relevant stakeholders responsible for the development, management and promotion of the Duero riverside territories
The Duero River begins in the Urbions’ mountain range (in Spain) and reaches its mouth 927km after (flowing in to the Atlantic Ocean between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia (in Portugal). Meanwhile it passes through 150 municipalities of Castile and Leon and of the North of Portugal regions (as state as Duero river basic geographic area in the joint territorial planning agreed between Spain and Portugal)
For both countries, the Duero river represents an important resource for regional development and the creation and promotion of a transnational route along its path is, nowadays a central issue for its social and economic development
The route follow the river path is composed by 26 stages (with an average of 35km large). This route it is not only a river route (to be made by canoe or kayak) but also, a walking and cycling route (detailed information available in: http://rutadelduero.es)
It is a long-distance route internationally homologated as GR14 (long distance footpath with standard way-marking number 14)
The joint work of the local and regional stakeholders (of Portugal and Spain) had allowed to joint develop a set of tools that allows different types of visitors to enjoy this route
Until today AIMRD had investment around 128.000€ in the deployment of route.
The total support of CBC programmes its of around 2M€ (ERDF).
There is no information about the investment made so far by the regional and national governments (in actions like placing specific signage).
Evidence of success
The major achievement of this transnational route is the increase of its number “users” (currently its not possible to state a number because there isn´t a counting system for the 927km of the route extension, but this continuous increase of users are mentioned by the local representatives).
Other achievements: the international recognition of the Duero-Douro brand; consolidation of the CBC work between all the route stakeholders, the continuous support of the CBC programmes.
The main challenge so far was to overcome the lack of spatial information and the inexistence of free cartography to support the definition of the route and its tracks (unlike today, GPS and GIS technology were not available to a wider public when the route designed started).
Potential for learning or transfer
POLICY INSTRUMENTS LEVEL: the route represents a good practice (GP) because of the consistence/coherence in supporting cultural and heritage protection and management according with the results of previous investments and with the potential of the resources/heritage involved and along several programming periods. This implies an evaluation not only of the quality of the projects but also of the experience/curricula of the partners and the value for the money of the projects previously funded
CBC LEVEL: it represents a GP with significant learning potential because it is being developed with the participation/involvement of several public and private stakeholders of Spain and Portugal that are working together, adopting common strategies and actions (making Duero river managing policies closer)
PROJECT LEVEL: it represents a transferable GP once the different applications presented answers to a long-term strategy for the CB management and protection of a shared natural heritage.
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