Ecoturism development project for Castanheira de Pêra

LIFE99 ENV/P/000667

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Mário GRAÇA PEREIRA
Tel: +351(0)36/432236
Fax: +351(0)36/432307

Project description:


The project translates the minimum structures, information and training vital for a new age in the life of C. Pêra Tourism new jobs for its inhabitants and an innovative development for a small region like C. Pêra. The project will generate vital dynamics and structures in the region, through an innovative development project, focused on the environment potential and its added value in various areas. It is also fundamental as a creator of jobs and a stimulus for further investment in Tourism and related activities. The training programme is also valuable for future projects and investments, which may include a Training Centre for Environmental Education and Eco-Tourism to be formed at a latter date. The basic idea is to launch a project and programme, which will generate a new economic and framework for the region turning into a model case.The proposed project integrates the basic infrastructures and organisation necessary for the development of Eco-Tourism in Castanheira de Pêra, a district heavily depressed by 25 years of crisis in the textile industry, previously dominant in the region. Castanheira de Pêra has no Tourism or Hotel facilities of any kind. Though surrounded by overwhelming forests and mountains, rich in small rivers and fresh air, C. Pêra has not been able to develop any sort of Eco-Tourism facilities and a much needed dynamics to generate tourist flows. This innovate project incorporates, for the first time in Portugal, - Environment and Tourism - Structures and dynamics - Focused training and information.




Environmental issues addressed:


Services & Commerce - Tourism and Accommodation


employment‚  ecotourism‚  environmental education

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Câmara Municipal de Castanheira de Pêra


Project reference LIFE99 ENV/P/000667
Duration 01-OCT-1999 to 01-NOV -1999
Total budget 748,196.85 €
EU contribution 96,392.69 €
Project location Centro(Portugal)


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