Galicia takes part in the European project Cantata 2 to contribute to the development of the rural environment

    Partners met in Denbighshire (Wales) on 29th and 30th October to present the project and start working immediately.

    Galicia, through the Galician Agency for Rural Development (Agader), participates with Denbighshire County Council (Wales, United Kingdom), Shannon Development (Shannon Region, Ireland), Communauté de communes du Poher - Brittany - France and Câmara Municipal of Montemor-El-Velho (Portugal) - all of them Atlantic areas with a strong identity and cultural similarities - in the EU project Transnational Cooperation CANTATA2, which is being co-funded by ERDF funds (Atlantic Area Interreg IVB).

    Representatives from the five areas met on 29th and 30th October in the Welsh town of Ruthin in the occasion of the official presentation of the project while having several working meetings to coordinate the first actions of the project, which is planned to be finished in March 2012. The Galician delegation consisted of the Secretary General of Agader and technical staff.

    CANTATA2, with a budget of € 2,279,000, primarily aims to start a development model which promote economic diversification, identifying tourism products based on culture and local resources which mean "genuine experiences" for visitors. The comprehensive development of Galician rural environment is aimed through a greater exploitation of its local food, agricultural and tourist potential, as well as through the improvement of its small and medium business competitiveness -which are the ultimate beneficiary of the actions planned- therefore contributing for the sustainable development and economic diversification.

    The project tends to achieve a critical mass of SMEs to define innovative tourist products. In the case of Galicia, in addition to the transnational activity, it is intended to design and start the Food and Agricultural Routes, coordinating the food and agricultural and the tourist activity. The abundance of Galician food and agricultural products with unique features, many of them covered under a designation of origin or other protection of quality, makes the chances of developing new products very wide.

    Galicia will host the partner’s meeting to be held on May 2010, when the region and the progress of the activities in Galicia will be shown. Likewise, Galicia will host the final closing meeting of the project, in which the conclusions and main working lines will be shown in detail from the results of the project.

    Source: Agader