A common heritage between the Spanish and Portuguese border: the NAPOCTEP project

Hi everyone! My name is Fernando and I wanted to share my Interreg Volunteer Youth IVY experience with all of you. I started volunteering as Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) at the end of September at the belgian foundation Finnova. Most especifically, I was part of the team of the Napoctep Project: the Napoleonic Routes in Spain and Portugal.

The main objective of the NAPOCTEP project is to enhance the cultural heritage of the Napoleonic era through the creation of routes in the area that covers the regions Centre of Portugal and Castille and León in Spain, creating an innovative and attractive tourist product which generates economic activity and employment. These routes are part of the European Cultural Itinerary "Destination Napoleon" of the Council of Europe.

This project last two years (2019-2021) with a total investment of 711.000 €, co-financed by the European Commission within the INTERREG PROCTEP programme (Spain-Portugal).

From my host organization in Brussels we were working to improve the management methods of the common heritage through networks of joint experimentation within the cooperation territory.

That is why we organized an interesting webinar with Spanish and Portuguese entities about the challenges for cultural tourism in the post covid era in the framework of the EU Regions Week, back in October.

You can watch it again here:

As you can see, the project pays special attention to the heritage concentrated in the rural and natural areas of the Napoleonic routes, with an economic enhancement of tourist and cultural destinations, and the reinforcement of the visibility and identity of the project intervention space, in addition to limiting the dependence or the impact of the seasonal effect of tourism.

The project also contributes to the participation of key actors from the cultural and environmental heritage and the tourism sector, for the promotion, communication and marketing of common tourism products based on natural and cultural heritage that promote the growth of the green economy through innovation, energy efficiency and eco-tourism.

For me it has been a unique experience to understand first-hand the importance of transnational cooperation for economic revival after the covid pandemic thanks to the common cultural heritage between the two countries.

Thanks to this experience I have been able to be part of an exciting initiative that transforms challenges into opportunities and helps local communities between the Spanish and Portuguese border.

You can find more info about the Napoctep Project in our social media channels.

· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/napoctep

· Twitter: https://twitter.com/napoctep

· LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/napoctep/

· Ig: https://www.instagram.com/napoleonic_routes/

Fernando Casaos Martin, IVY Project Partner at FINNOVA Foundation for the NAPOCTEP Interreg Project

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