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WHAT IS THE INTERREG III A PROGRAM?
INTERREG III A

IThe Interreg III (2000-2006) is a Community Initiative financed by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). The directives where set through the Commissions Communication on the 2nd of September 2006 with the objective to support the cross-border (strand A), transnational (strand B) and interregional (strand C) cooperation with the objective to promote a harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of the whole community area.

Spain / Portugal programme is inscribed in strand A and plans to carry out projects directed towards the reinforcement of the economic and social cohesion through cross-border cooperation, for example. But specifically, constitutes the central objective of this Programme the economic and social promotion of the cross-border nucleus through common strategies for a sustainable development.

The programme is applied to a vast and homogenous territory that requires strategies and differential and specific intervention. Paying attention to this situation and combining socioeconomic, environmental and administrative criteria, the eligible territory has been divided in five special or subregional areas. In this way, the programme is divided in six subprogrammes, one for each subregion and another at a national level.

Therefore, the regional subprogrammes will include the projects that are presented by various public administrations and private entities that pursue public interest purposes situated within the illegible territory for each one or that they carry out an activity in this area. On one hand, the national subprogramme will collect the projects promoted by the National Administration of both countries, as well as projects where the promoters are displaced – according to their realm – within one regional subprogramme.

The Programme will be applied over a basic realm made of 17 cross-border NUTS III including the Annex I of the Commissions Communication C(2004)/C226/02. According to point 10 of this communication, the territorial realm extends also to adjoining areas of NUTS III.

The National Subprograme doesn’t count on a previous regionalization, therefore being eligible all the areas under the basic realm of the other five sudprogrames and, also, considered adjoined areas those who are contemplated in the remaining subprogrames. On the other hand, the Spain / Portugal INTERREG IIIA Programe is articulated from certain principles that are to be highlighted: consider the previous experience in cooperation between both countries and specially that framed within the Iterreg II Community Iniciative. respect the European political priorities (creation and sustainability of employment, equal opportunities between men and women, environmental preservation and improvement).

This project: MASQUERADES: TOURISM AND CULTURAL CROSS-BORDER PROMOTION SP2.49/03, is framed within the Cross-border Cooperation INTERREG III (A) Subprograme, between Castile-Leon and the North of Portugal, corresponding completely with the contents defined in its Strategic Priority nº2 “Valorisation, promotion and preservation of the environment and its natural and heritages’ resources” (see chart 1) and the measure 2.4 “Tourism Valorisation of Heritage”, which allows us to totally cover the Project’s needs, due to the particular actions proposed are included in the actuation realms that are established by the mentioned measure, and coherent with its specific objectives and also correspond with the intervention area.

The strategic views of the cross-border territories are based in consolidating thresholds of resources, and using existing complementarities. The development of the valorisation conditions of heritages’ resources should be realized in such way that guarantees the sustainability of the resources and values of the territory’s identity. For this reason we have considered undertaking, in this project, activities with a integral character by realizing a mutual promotional tourism route, that has a basic vision of joint heritage’s valorisation, realizing consecutive biannual in the future as a tool to disseminate all heritage. With the means to fulfil continuity of all these traditions, and safeguarding the resources as heritage’s value, as well as obtaining a joint offer of the tourism products with their differential characteristics, according to the objectives of measure 2.4 (see chart 2). For this reason we have included in the project a research to obtain the classification of “Asset of Cultural Interest” and subsequently the application for the “Intangible Heritage” classification through the UNESCO.

This project’s cross-border character is defined by its proper nature in trying to create integral activities to jointly promote and valorise their cultural heritage. Not forgetting the planned activities that will be carried out jointly in both sides of the Luso-Hispanic frontier, within the eligible area of the cooperative programme of Castile-Leon (Province of Zamora) – North of Portugal (Northeast Transmontano).

Priority 2 – Valorisation, promotion and preservation of the environment and of heritage and natural resources

PRIORITIES AND SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
PRIORITY NEEDS SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

• Preservation of environmental resources, together with their economic value.

• Tourism exploitation of natural and built heritage’s resources.

• Diversification of energy supplies sources.

• Promote necessary conditions of sustainability in environmental management, natural spaces and water resources in border areas;

• Protect and integrate in a regional dynamic strategy the vast natural, heritage, cultural resources and the identity of the cross-border territories;

• Promote tourism activity by assuring protection and valorisation of the various aspects of heritage (nature, culture and history);

• Promote the diversification of energy supply sources through using renewable sources

CHART 2: OBJECTIVES ACCORDING TO PRIORITIES AND MEASURES

PRIORITY GENERAL OBJECTIVES MEASURE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

2. Valorisation, promotion and preservation of the environment and of heritage and natural resources

• Promote necessary conditions of sustainability in environmental management, natural spaces and water resources in border areas;

• Protect and integrate in a regional dynamic strategy the vast natural, heritage, cultural resources and the identity of the cross-border territories;

• Promote tourism activity by assuring protection and valorisation of the various aspects of heritage (nature, culture and history);

• Promote the diversification of energy supply sources through using renewable sources.

2.4.
Heritage’s tourism valorisation

• Design a joint offer of tourism products with differential potential directed towards corresponding markets;

• Valorise common tourism products that correspond with the heritage and environmental values of the cross-border areas, motivating their use/delight in a sustainable manner;

• Promote dynamizing and cultural animation that approve beforehand the market confirmation of cross-border areas as qualified tourism destinations.

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