Atlantic-Geoparks EAPA_250/2016

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Transnational promotion and cooperation of the Atlantic Geoparks for sustainable development

Call 2016
Priority 4. Enhancing biodiversity and the natural and cultural assets
Objective 4.2. Enhancing natural and cultural assets to stimulate economic development

Lead partner:

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
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ERDF funding 1.459.875,00 €
Total budget 1.946.500,00 €
Duration 2017-05-31 - 2019-11-28


Tourism is one of the economic activities with most significant potential to generate future growth and employment in the EU. In this context, the Atlantic-Geoparks project addresses a common main challenge: to promote the Atlantic Geoparks as a unique, leading tourist destination through the right balance between protection of the environment and the development of economic activity in the current context of a global competitive and changing tourism sector.
This project aims to boost the economic activity by creating new businesses and increasing the number of jobs in the service sector. It also aims to influence regional policies by raising awareness of the public authorities about the need to legislate and manage the geological areas under both, economic and environmental sustainable criteria supported by European policies and the recommendations of UNESCO. The project will allow the Atlantic Geoparks to have a common identity and an internationally recognized image. Moreover, the creation of a European Atlantic Geotourism Route will be clearly committed to its growth and will therefore actively work towards the incorporation of new geological areas. In summary, the project will be a new opportunity for territorial development linked to the Geotourism and for adding value to the Atlantic Geoparks as a means for sustainable development, conservation and geodiversity across the Atlantic Area.

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Partner Location
1 Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Norte (PT)
2 Associação Geoparque Arouca Norte (PT)
3 Associação Geoparque Açores Açores (PT)
4 Brecon Beacons National Park Authority West Wales and The Valleys (UK)
5 Cavan County Council Border, Midland and Western (IE)
6 Geogarapen, Asociación para la Gestión del Geoparque de la Costa Vasca País Vasco (ES)
7 Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote Islas Canarias (ES)
8 Mancomunidad de Municipios Sostenibles de Cantabria Cantabria (ES)
9 Parc Nature Regional d’Armorique Bretagne (FR)
10 Durham County Council on behalf of the North Pennines AONB Partnership Cumbria (UK)
11 Clare County Council Border, Midland and Western (IE)
12 Copper Coast Southern and Eastern (IE)
13 GeoMon UNESCO Global Geopark West Wales and The Valleys (UK)
14 Global Geoparks Network Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (FR)
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