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The Gerês-Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve is the only protected natural area of ​​character; Transnational Network in the Euroregion Galicia-North of Portugal.

This condition makes cross-border cooperation particularly relevant within this Euroregion, as it makes it an instrument to respond to some of the challenges and opportunities identified in the territorial diagnosis of this area of ​​cooperation.

GERÊS_ XURÉS_DINAMIC was designed to contribute to the improvement of the state of conservation of the habitat of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, both directly, thanks to the improvement of its environmental conditions, and indirectly, making it known and integrated into daily life of the local population, harmonizing criteria of conservation and socioeconomic development.

The main beneficiaries (and target audience) of GERÊS_ XURÉS_ DINAMIC are:

  • The INHABITANTS of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve & nbsp; Gerês- Xurés, with a double objective: on the one hand, the awareness of the population about the natural and cultural values ​​associated with the reserve, as well as the recovery of the associated ethnographic and intangible traditions and heritage; and, on the other hand, its training to promote sustainable economic activities based on the use of the endogenous resources of the territory.
  • VISITORS of the Gerês-Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, with the aim of positioning it at a national and international level as a destination for nature, sustainable and quality tourism, contributing in turn to the socioeconomic development of this territory.
  • SCHOOLS of different ages of the whole Euroregion Galicia-North of Portugal, with the aim of letting you know the Reserve of the & nbsp; Transboundary Biosphere; Gerês- Xurés and also implicate them in their conservation, valorisation and dissemination.
  • The MANAGERS of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve & nbsp; Gerês- Xurés, providing them with instruments to support them in the conservation work of the biodiversity of this protected territory, thus avoiding the risks indicated in the diagnosis of the cooperation area.

OBJECTIVES:

The main objective of GERÊS_ XURÉS_DINÁMICO is to strengthen the entity and identity of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve; Gerês- Xurés through the promotion of the active participation of the actors of the territory, the promotion of their sustainable economic and touristic development and the protection and conservation of their natural and cultural heritage.

It has as specific objectives:

  • Promote the sustainable development of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve; Gerês- Xurés through an integrated model of valorization of endogenous natural, cultural and social resources, as well as to make human activities compatible with the conservation of said resources.
  • Promote sustainable tourism through actions based on the cultural and natural resources of the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve & nbsp; Gerês- Xurés, with the participation of the local population.
  • Promote the conservation and restoration of biodiversity, through knowledge and joint management of natural resources.

BUDGET:

The project has one; Total cost of € 1,971,901.56. This project has the; help; Financial Program; POCTEP (Operational Cooperation Program; Cross-border Spain - Portugal) through; From the bottom; ERDF (European Development Fund, Regional) of the European Union.

CALENDAR:

The project will run until December 2019. The calendar according to activities is as follows:

  • Activity 1 The Gerês-Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve for its inhabitants: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.
  • Activity 2: The Reserve of the; Transboundary Biosphere; Gerês- Xurés for its visitors: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.
  • Activity 3: The Reserve of the; Transboundary Biosphere; Gerês- Xurés for schoolchildren: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.
  • Activity 4: The Reserve of the; Transboundary Biosphere; Gerês- Xurés for its managers: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.
  • Activity 5: Management and Coordination: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.
  • Activity 6: Communication: 2 Quarter 2017 to 4 Quarter of 2019.

RESULTS:

The results, concentrated in the area of ​​the Transboundary Biosphere Reserve; Gerês- Xurés, will benefit the recipients of the proposed actions -visitors, managers and, in particular, inhabitants. In this context, GERÊS_XURÉS_DINAMÍC, aims to:

  • The improvement of the quality of life of the local population.
  • Increase in the tourist, economic and demographic attraction capacity of the territory.
  • Improving the quality of services and products marketed.
  • Increased awareness and improved knowledge about; Transboundary Biosphere Reserve; Gerês- Xurés among the local population and at regional, national and international level.
  • The improvement of the state of conservation and protection of the natural and cultural heritage.
  • The improvement of accessibility, signaling and environmental conditions.
  • The harmonization of existing planning and management instruments.