The project had as main goal the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Euro Region Galicia-North of Portugal.
Natura Xurés-Gerês is a project approved under the POCTEP Program (Border Cooperation program approached in the CRINMA project). The project had as main goal the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Euro Region Galicia-North of Portugal, namely of the National Parque Peneda-Gerês (which crosses the border being a park in both side of the border). The project had several well succeeded activities such as implementation of pedestrian cross-border paths with elaboration of guides and signalization of the paths. Through this activity it was possible to articulate the network of pedestrian paths in both territories and also have a jointed and more efficient promotion. Another activity was the elaboration of a cross border events programs taken place in the interpretation centers. This allows conjugating the cultural and natural activities having always present the preservation of nature. Other activities were the publication of guides, with information of the cross border territory (at architectural, patrimony and environmental level), and also providing training to guides and environmental monitors and a promotional web page as well as presence in national fairs.
This project also promoted the local economy through the promotion of the accommodation (hotels, traditional tourism accommodations, hostels etc).

Resources needed

This project was funded by the Cross Border Program POCTEP and it had the subvention 1 549 795,06€

Evidence of success

Creation of 70km of new pedestrian courses allowing the creation of new cross border trails. The events organized under this project allowed the participation of local population of villages of both sides of the border. Creation of guides and training of 20 young people environmental monitors (Portuguese and Spanish). Several cross border exhibitions, promoting this way the cultural and natural patrimony together.

Difficulties encountered

It was detected any difficulty during the implementation of this project.

Potential for learning or transfer

The project can be transferred to other cross border regions with natural or national parks and that share the same worries and goals towards the cultural and natural heritage.

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Project
Main institution
Municipio de Montalegre
Location
Norte, Portugal
Start Date
January 2009
End Date
May 2012

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