Once upon a time...

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gushed with water.

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Let them flow!

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What is L'Aqua project about?

What is l'aqua project about?

Local communities and cultural heritage preservation are at the center of the sustainable tourism that takes into account the protection of the environment, but also the needs of the tourists.

L´AQUA project focuses on the tourism potential of this intangible heritage in relation to water, establishing a transnational and quality product and route, covering in total 8 countries where water and related activities play an important role in their geography and/or history, putting the magnifying glass on the sagas, myths, legends and traditions associated to water, protecting the environment and promoting the sustainable tourism from the SMEs.

Who is involved?

AEI CLUSTER DEL TURISMO DE EXTREMADURA
AEI CLUSTER DEL TURISMO DE EXTREMADURA
The Extremadura Tourism Cluster aims to encourage the development of this sector in the region, protect and manage the general and common interests of its members as well as the development and implementation of all activities, measures and actions required to promote, defend and protect the economic interests of its partners. It has currently over 50 members, presenting a mix of local associations, SMEs from the sector, public entities that support tourism, etc. Services provided to members include training (the Cluster has recently signed an agreement with Directorate General on Employment training), marketing advice, identification and execution of innovative projects, representation at regional, national and international fairs, analysis of tourism industry and communication of results, advertising of events, new project and services in media and web, organisation of meetings of stakeholders to create synergies, organisation of working days where members work with expert coaches.
Partenalia
Partenalia
Partenalia is a non-profit international association of European scope created in 1993. Its goal is to make territorial cooperation among Local intermediate governments easier while bringing them closer to the European reality.
It is the only plural and general International association which gathers exclusively Local intermediate government within the EU. It is based in Brussels and gathers 23 members in 6 EU countries.
Its main objective is to develop European territorial cooperation with the aim of improving local and European policies addressed to the local level in benefit of the citizens. Members work in 3 specific thematic areas: Economy , innovation and Energy; Employment, Training and Labor Inclusion; and Tourism and New Technologies.
Fundetec
Fundetec
Fundetec has two clear objectives: to promote the adoption and generalized use of information technology by citizens, businesses and institutions; and to increase internet penetration in Spanish households and in small and medium sized businesses (SME). The ultimate goal of these objectives is to reduce the digital divide that separates Spain form the more advanced member countries of the European Union. In addition, the project aims to reduce the differences in technology penetration among various social collectives and territorial areas within Spain itself.
Association of European Border Regions
Association of European Border Regions
The “Association of European Border Regions” (AEBR) is the oldest independent association of regions in Europe, founded in 1971, and the only one dealing with Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC). AEBR has more than forty years of extensive theoretical and practical experience in all aspects related to CBC, but also in the fields of inter-regional and transnational co-operation. The network of AEBR members counts nearly 100 border and cross-border regions from all over Europe. The AEBR initiates, supports and coordinates co-operation between different border and cross-border regions. It supports CBC structures, projects and programmes with its expertise and know-how.
JUNTA DE EXTREMADURA. CONSEJERÍA DE ECONOMÍA, COMPETITIVIDAD E INNOVACIÓN.
JUNTA DE EXTREMADURA. CONSEJERÍA DE ECONOMÍA, COMPETITIVIDAD E INNOVACIÓN.
Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Innovation works on programs and actions whose main research areas are challenge, ideas, talent, incubators, universities, companies, business, entrepreneurs, SMEs… through its DG of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Also this Ministry has a big net of Enterprise Activation Points in Extremadura territory, which aim is to centralize all the resources for entrepreneurs as well as to coordinate the collaboration with the local entities that give support to local enterprises. And promote the Entrepreneurial Culture in all stages of the educational process.
LAKE VELENCEI DEVELOPMENT NONPROFIT COMPANY/VELENCEI-TAVI FEJLESZTÉSI NONPROFIT KFT
LAKE VELENCEI DEVELOPMENT NONPROFIT COMPANY/VELENCEI-TAVI FEJLESZTÉSI NONPROFIT KFT
Lake Velencei Development Nonprofit Company is operating on the 2nd largest lake of Hungary. It provides scheduled boat services canoe and boat trips for various target goups. Also opened an exhibition room with 8 aquariums to present the underwater widelife of the Lake. It works closely with other local service providers to improve and develop water-related tourism activities.
Provincia di Terni
Provincia di Terni
The Province of Terni is a Public Authority located in the Region Umbria, Central Italy, and specifically in the south edge of the region much closer to the Region Lazio (capital region) and the capital Rome, often positively affecting Terni’s overall territorial and economic dynamics. Established by Royal Decree n.1/1927 the Province of Terni is by law identified as an intermediate public body that acts as a hinge between municipalities and Regions. In the EU statistic classification the Province is a NUTS III level entity. Under a set of principles/criteria/legislation laid down by National Government and Regional Authorities, Provinces provide general framework to address the development of local communities in various fields: spatial planning, landscape planning, environmental control, civil protection, training and education, roads and transportation, tourism and cultural development, etc. In the recent legislation and within a set of criteria ruled in and set by the State and the Region Umbria, the Province has an active role in devising overall strategies and policies and in addressing local development (of its municipalities) towards more sustainable solutions. In this regards the Province of Terni has been active since the late 1990s joining various national and European initiatives in the framework of the implementation of Agenda21 L within its territory, favouring a larger participation and thus a more democratic process.
Universidad de Extremadura
Universidad de Extremadura
Universidad de Extremadura (University of Extremadura) is a Spanish public university in Extremadura (Badajoz and Cáceres). Among its bases there are the research, transference and innovation, so it often cooperates with entities and enterprises in order to spread the generated knowledge over the society. Our Research Groups from Facultad de Educación and Facultad de Biblioteconomía (Education and Information Sciences Schools) are specialists in folklore and its systematization, and have experience in systematizing legends and myths for tourism purposes, so we can provide both theoretical and methodological bases for this project. Also, our members represent the Reading Universities Network, a cultural and university organization formed by 52 universities from 12 countries. Aimed at promoting reading and writing in universities, the Network develops numerous activities in several spheres: formation, education, university extension, publications and research. Some of its objectives are the development of reading and writing competences and abilities in the University and reinforcing the University role as a cultural mediator. From the beginning, this Network was oriented towards the whole university community, promoting the transversal participation of every discipline, not just the most related to reading but every branch and areas of knowledge, following the line of the necessary convergence among humanities, social sciences and scientific and technological fields.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FREISLAND
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FREISLAND
Business Development Friesland (BDF) develops and executes projects focused on growth for SMEs and the increase and sharing of knowledge. In addition to regional projects, we often initiate or participate in European projects. BDF operates within a large international network of companies, intermediaries, local governments and knowledge institutes.
Soomaa
Soomaa
Karuscose OÜ is a local tourism company in Soomaa National Park area of Estonia. Founder of Karuskose OÜ, Aivar Ruukel has been under the brand soomaa.com offering guided walking and canoeing experiences since 1994. He also organize traditional dugout-canoe building workshops in Soomaa and acts as nature tourism lecturer at Estonian University of Life Sciences.
Cyprus University of Technology
Cyprus University of Technology
The Cyprus University of Technology was founded by law on December 2003 and welcomed its first students on September 2007. The University aspires to develop itself into a modern, pioneering University able to offer education and high level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. With its orientation towards applied research, the University aspires to establish for itself a role in support of the state and society in their efforts to confront problems, which cover all areas of science and technology. The programmes of the CUT to a large extent complement scientific areas, which are not currently covered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels by the University of Cyprus or any other institution of higher education in the country. The Cyprus University of Technology is based at the city of Limassol, where all six faculties are located.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the programme “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage”. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.