APCA is an associate partner of an international consortium led by the Department of Tourism and Economic Regeneration of Newry, Morne and Down District Council in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, that saw last October 18th approved its application to the Community program for transnational cooperation INTERREG Atlantic Area for the implementation of the AtlanticCultureScapes project, whose basic idea is to develop tourist experiences based on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Atlantic Area applied to rural areas. An analysis of tourism supply in the Atlantic coastal area will be developed in order to provide guiding principles for sustainable economic growth, a basic aspect of the project, which seeks to provide creative solutions to common problems and to develop innovative mechanisms to maximize common opportunities.
The consortium, consisting of 18 entities from four countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, will develop the CultureScape: Intangible Cultural Heritage project inspired by Designated Land and Seascapes in the Atlantic Area between January 2019 and December 2021. Taking into account APCA's experience in the participation and development of transnational cooperation projects, the role of the Madeiran entity will consist in providing consultancy and support in all matters related to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Atlantic coast. Besides APCA, The only Portuguese entity to integrate the project is the municipality of Rio Maior.
INTERREG Atlantic Area is an European funding program that promotes transnational cooperation in 36 Atlantic regions of five European countries. With a total budget of 185m euros, of which 140m euros is the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Program co-finances cooperation projects in the fields of Innovation & Competitiveness, Resource Efficiency, Territorial Risks Management, Biodiversity and Natural Heritage and Cultural.