V European Greenways Conference
V European Greenways Conference Introduction The Spanish Railways Foundation (SRF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA) are organizing the V European Greenways Conference, to be held in June of 2010, in Madrid, coinciding with the period of the Spanish presidency of the European Union and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Lille declaration. EGWA was created in 1998 with the aim of spreading and promoting greenways in Europe and has developed so far numerous projects, co-financed by the European Commission and national partners. Currently 32 member organisations from 10 countries support EGWA: national, regional and local institutions, greenway managers and promoters, associations and foundations, public railways companies, etc. The Spanish Railways Foundation (SRF) is a public body which coordinates and promotes the Spanish Greenways Program since 1993, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM) and the Spanish Railways Infrastructure Managers (ADIF, FEVE). Spain currently has 1,700 km of disused railway lines operating as more than 70 greenways. The SRF holds, since 2009, the EGWA General Secretariat and hosts the new executive office seat; EGWA social seat is held in Namur (Belgium) from its constitution in 1998. European countries are increasing their […]
“Greenways for the development of Tourism” Olvera
The workshop is organised in the framework of the Greenways Product Project. “Vías Verdes para el Desarrollo Turístico” / “Greenways for the development of Tourism” Miércoles / Wednesday 8th May 2013 Olvera Railway Station. Olvera. Cádiz. (Spain) Attendance at the workshop is free of charge (places are limited). Presentations of the Workshop Programa / Programme 9.00 – Inauguración / Open Session Eduardo José Párraga. Presidente de la Fundación Vía Verde de La Sierra / President of the Sierra Greenways Foundation Vicente Granados, Secretario General para el Turismo. Junta de Andalucía/ Tourism General Secretary. Andalucía Government Carmen Aycart. Secretaria General de la Asociación Europea de Vías Verdes y Directora de Vías Verdes y Medio Ambiente. Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles / General Secretary of the European Greenways Association and Director of Greenways and Environment. Spanish Railways Foundation Gilbert Perrin, Presidente de la Asociación Europea de Vías Verdes / President of the European Greenways Association 9.15 – Vías Verdes y turismo sostenible en Europa / Greenways and sustainable tourism in Europe / (Spanish) Vías Verdes en Europa, panorama general / Greenways in Europe, a general overview Gilbert Perrin, Presidente de la Asociación Europea de Vías Verdes / President of the European Greenways […]
Greenways and Sustainable Tourism -Viseu WS
Greenways Product Project Workshop: Greenways and Sustainable Tourism / ECOPISTAS E TURISMO SUSTENTÁVEL Friday September, 13th, 2013 Venue : Montebelo Viseu Hotel & SPA Urbanização Quinta do Bosque – 3510-020 Viseu, Portugal Presentations for download 9.30 h Sustainable tourism Greenways and Sustainable Tourism in Europe – Mercedes Muñoz, European Greenways association (EGWA), Director (Europe) The economic impact of the cycletourism in Europe.- Richard Weston, University of Central Lancashire, Institute of Transport & Tourism (United Kingdom) Portuguese ecopistas a resource for sustainable tourism. – Pedro Machado, Turismo do Centro (Portugal) Greenways Product: the portuguese context.- Miguel Pereira, APCV – Associação Portuguesa de Corredores Verdes (Portugal) 11.45 h Greenways Tourism product development Greenways Product project in Spain. – Carmen Aycart, Director of Greenways and Environment. Spanish Railways Foundation – FFE and EGWA General Secretary (Spain) Vennbahn, a trans-national tourism product. – Dany Heck, East Cantons Tourist Office (Belgium) Tourism promotion in Great Western Trail – Brian Quinn, Failte Ireland (Irlanda/Ireland) “Alverdes” the network of hostels on Murcia’s North Western Greenway. – Juan Soria, Manager of the Murcia’s Greenways Consorcium (Spain). The workshop and technical visit were organized in coincidence with the 6th European Greenways Award Ceremony 2013 Thursday 12th September 2013 from 19:30 p.m (same venue). HERE you can find the SUMMARY OF […]
European Greenways: New clients, new business
European Greenways: New clients, new business” Vías Verdes europeas: Nuevos clientes, nuevos negocios Friday 24 January, 2014 / Viernes 24 de Enero 2014 Venue / Lugar: FITUR, International Tourism Fair, Madrid (Spain) – (Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I ) Pavilion 9 room A 9.8 Programa / Program 11:30 Open act Mr. Pedro Ortún, Director de Turismo, DG Empresa e Industria, Comisión Europea / Director for Tourism, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission Mr. Gilbert Perrin, Asociación Europea de Vías Verdes (EGWA), Presidente / European Greenways Association (EGWA), President Ms. Carmen Aycart, Gerente de Vías Verdes y Medio Ambiente, Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles / Manager of Greenways and Environment Spanish Railways Foundation 12:00 – 13:00 Turismo sostenible en Europa / Sustainable tourisme in Europe Presentación del proyecto “Greenways Product” / Greenways Product Project. Arantxa Hernández Colorado. Jefa de Estudios y Comunicación. Gerencia de Vías Verdes y Medio Ambiente. Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (FFE) / Responsable of Studies and Communication. Greenways and Environment Direction. (FFE) (Spain) Impacto del Cicloturismo en Europa / Impacts of the cycle tourism in Europe. Richard Weston, University of Central Lancashire, Institute of Transport & Tourism (United Kingdom). Vías Verdes y Turismo sostenible en Europa / Greenways […]
Creating Tourism Product in Latvia
Project « Greenways Product » Workshop on Creating Tourism Product in Latvia WED, May 21, 2014 Workshop Venue – Hotel Astor Riga; Riga, Latvia Program 8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants, coffee 9:00 Opening of the Workshop 9:05 Welcome speech – Representative from the JSC Latvian Railway 9:10 Welcome speech – Member of Parliament of the Republic of Latvia 9:15 Welcome speech – Mr. Raitis Sijāts, Project GreenWays Product coordinator in Latvia – VTA 9:20 Ms. Carmen Aycart, Greenways Product Project coordinator – Spanish Railways Foundation – Welcome speech and Project activities report 9:35 Ms. Mercedes Muñoz, Director of European Greenways Association Greenways and sustainable tourism in Europe 9:50 Ms. Arantxa Hernández, Spanish Railways Foundation – Spanish Greenways Program (1993-2014) 10:05 Mr. Raitis Sijāts, Project coordinator in Latvia – Greenways Product Project activities in Latvia 10:20 Ms. Anna Kupče, Mr. Jānis Sijāts, VTA – New Latvia GreenWays and EuroVelo Map 10:40 Ms. Giulia Cortesi – Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta – Greenways and EuroVelo Map in Italy 11:00 Coffee Break 11:30 Mr. Toms Altbergs, Chief specialist of the the Latvian Railway History Museum + Ms. Ilze Sauša – Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. Research work about GreenWays in Latvia 12:00 Mr. Miguel Pereira – Associação Portuguesa de […]
Intermodality and Slow Tourism: best practice in the Po Delta
Intermodality and Slow Tourism: best practice in the Po Delta – Workshop June 2, 2014 – Botanical Garden of Porto Caleri – Rovigo Carmen Aycart Luengo – Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles. Greenways Product Project coordinator – “Spanish Greenways Programme” (pdf) Ms. Mercedes Muñoz – Director of European Greenways Association.“The European Greenways Overview” (pdf) Giuseppe Voltolina – Region of Veneto. « Tourism by bicycle in Veneto » (pdf) Miguel Angel Delgado – Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid. “Best practices guide about Intermodality Public transport + Bikes in Europe” (pdf) Giuseppe Merlin – FIAB. « The trailer bike rack, an aid to the development of cycling » (pdf ita) Pierpaolo Romio – Girolibero. “The operator’s experiences” video Giancarlo Mantovani – Reclamation Consortium Po Delta. « Navigating the river and lagoon of the Po Delta » (pdf ita) Alba Maria Rosito – Assonautica Polesana. « Nautical tourism in Polesine » (pdf ita) Carmen Aycart Luengo – Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles.“Greenways Product Project” (pdf) Raitis Sijāts – Chairman of the Board Vidzeme Tourism Association – Greenways Product Project partner in Latvia. « Greenways in Latvia » (pdf) Susana Rodriguez Pérez – Fundacion Via Verde de la Sierra. “A success story about a greenways in a rural area” (pdf) Giulia Cortesi – FIAB. « Intermodality in Italy, brief overview » (pdf) Laura Mosca – LAG Delta Po. « LAG Delta Po projects and best practices » (pdf)
EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference 2014 – Basel, Switzerland
“Cycling without borders”, Lessons from the DEMARRAGE – EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route Project Outbound capitalisation in the frame of the EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference This year’s EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference took place in Basel, Switzerland on 19th September. It was incorporated within the closing of the successful Demarrage – EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route Project. The day included sessions explaining how cycling tourism fits into the current political and economic agenda, ideas for new products for cycle tourists as well as presenting the transferrable outputs from the Demarrage project itself. Located at the meeting point of Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel was the perfect spot to mark the end of the successful Demarrage Project – a four-year investment in cross-border cycle tourism centred on the River Rhine. The Demarrage project has been co-financed by Northwest Europe INTERREG IV B. On the day before the conference, the Annual NECC/Cs Meeting was held in Weil am Rhein. More informationhere. These events were followed by a weekend of cycling in and around the Basel region. On Saturday, 20th September, the European Cyclists’ Federation led the inaugural ‘European Long Distance Cycle Route Certification Standard’ certification tour. Up to 50 participants […]
Greenways Outdoor at Velo-city
EGWA coordinator Mercedes Muñoz and President Gilbert Perrin, participated at Velo-city in Nantes, France. The purpose was to communicate the launch of the Greenways Outdoor project and to encourage participants to contribute with the project. More information about velo-city can be found here!
Kick off meeting Greenways Outdoor
« Greenways Outdoor” Creation and transnational promotion of outdoor tourism product linked to European Greenways Kick off meeting 2-3 July 2015 Objectives: Introduce the partners Detail the objectives and work plan Detail the Contractual, financial and implementation issues Networking & cooperation To know on the field the experience of an concrete greenway (infrastructure and SMS companies that base its activity in the greenway) + (Accommodation / lunch and dinner in SMS enterprises linked and located in the greenways) Agenda: Day 1 – Thursday 2 July 2015 17:00 Getting together. 19:00 Leaving from the Hacienda Minerva hotel (by car) 19:20 Welcomed of the Mayor of Doña Mencía at the Subbetica CycletourismCentre; visit to the micro enterprise specialized in tourism on greenways (Partner project – Subbetica Bikefriends). 20:00 Technical visit to Subbetica Greenway by bike (possible by card depending on the weather) 21: 30 Arrival at Hacienda Minerva hotel – (by car, possible by bike) 22: 00: Leaving for dinner at hotel Mencía Subbetica 23:15: End of the dinner and back to the hotel (Hacienda Minerva) (by food or bike) Day 2 – Friday 3 July 2015: 9.00 – Welcome Message and Round of Introductions [EGWA / […]
Meeting in Brussels of the jury of the 7th European Greenways Award
Jury members at meeting in Brussels The Jury of the 7th European Greenways Award was made up of experts whose professional background allowed them to approach, from a range of perspectives, the analysis of more than 20 exceptional candidates from 9 different countries. M. Pedro Ortún. Principal advisor, DG GROW, European Commission. Mr. Frederic Razee. Expert RAVeL – Mobilité douce. Cabinet du Vice-Président du Gouvernement Wallon et Ministre des Travaux Publics, de la Santé, de l’Action Sociale et du Patrimoine Mr. Andreas Versmann. European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)/NAT section (Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment. Mr. Bartlomiej Jesionkiewicz. Technical and Policy Adviser of EIM EIM aisbl (European Rail Infrastructure Managers) Mr. Hildebrand P.G. de Boer. Programme Director of European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH e.V.). Ms. Iulia Niculica. Administration and Institutional Affairs Project Manager, European Travel Commission (ETC) M. Gilbert Perrin – President EGWA. (Vote, in case of a tie vote) Jury was assisted technically by the EGWA representatives (with voice but without vote) Ms. Carmen Aycart, General Secretary and Ms. Mercedes Muñoz, Director and Jury Secretary. As laid down in the award regulations, the jury set out to select 3 awards for the categories Excellence and Exemplary Initiatives and 1 special […]
Greenways Outdoor at the annual congress of DRC
EGWA had a stand at the annual congress of the Association des Departments et Regions Cyclables in Valence (France) 24-25 September to help promote Greenways Outdoors. This was a great opportunity to contact and promote the project in France, since we don’t have project partners from this country. We informed about project to the participants -public and private- and contacted with SME and association, as well as managers of cycle routes and greenways in France; in order to integrate information about tourism product on greenways in France. It was prepared and distributed a note of the project in French. Find out more here!
The 7th European Greenways Awards have been given on October 16th 2015 during the official ceremony in Namur (Belgium)
The 7th European Greenways Awards have been given on October 16th 2015 during the official ceremony in Namur (Belgium) Seven greenways from Germany, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom and Czech Republic were awarded as reference of best practices in Europe. The Award ceremony was held in Namur (Belgium). The European Greenways Award was created in 2003 and has been held every two years since. EGWA has been delighted to receive 21 candidacies from 9 different countries, and wishes to thank all the candidates for the quality of their work and the effort done to provide very helpful information to the jury. In this 2015 edition the international jury has awarded projects in three categories: « Excellence », « Exemplary Initiatives » and one special prize « Best Outdoor Tourism Product for Greenways ». The jury met in Brussels last September, and as specified in the award regulations, they set out to select 3 awards for the « Excellence » and « Exemplary Initiatives » categories and the special prize for the Best Outdoor Tourism Product For Greenways (*). We are pleased to announce that the award winners are: «Excellence» Category : 1st Prize: Nordbahntrasse Wuppertal (North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) presented by Wuppertalbewegung e.V. For the transformation of the 22 Km of an abandoned railway […]
Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia
Mercedes Muñoz and Raitis Sij?ts were speakers at the high-level conference «Strategic Planning in the Regions and Cities of Russia», at the “Green Section”; Mercedes presented Greenways Outdoor project and Raitis completed the greenways overviews with the actions and recent experience of greenways in Latvia; they were very well received.
“Best practices on Greenways” how to develop tourism product around greenways? Workshop Thursday 15/October/ 2015 Venue: Namur, Belgium ; C/o Siège de Chemins du Rail – Rue van Opré 97 ; 5th floor 16:30 – 18:30 __________________________________________________________________ Objectives: To present the project to the EGWA members and network To present good practice examples of greenways to inspire other greenways. To encourage greenways network to generate tourism product and to promote them at European level. To request the collaboration of the greenways managers and promoters in the project, providing information on their tourism products and disseminating the project. Networking between partners and participants: how you can contribute to the project Greenways Outdoor and how the project can help your greenways to become better prepared for tourism and for being more internationaly well-known. Program: 1. Greenways Outdoor (20 min) Project General Overview. Methodology for the development of tourism product: the catalog of greenways product and services around greenways. Participation at the European Catalogue. Mercedes Muñoz, AEVV-EGWA Director – Lead Partner/Coordinator. 2. Best practices from the greenways Outdoor team partners (30 min) Examples of greenways in different stages of development. How are they working to generate tourism product? What are the results? What works and […]
Tourism forum in R?zekne, Latvia
Presentation of cycling tourism development of Vidzeme by Mr. J?nis Sij?ts (including greenways and Greenways Outdoor project) region. This high-level conference brought together the Ministry representatives as well as planning experts and tourism professionals from all Latvia, but especially Eastern part. About 150 people participated at the event. Vidzeme Tourism Association, having had experience with cycling tourism development was asked to present the development of cycling tourism and cycling routes, including greenways. During the conference the GW Latvian and English maps were also distributed. Conference programme (in Latvian) can be found here: http://www.visitdaugavpils.lv/lv/6110-latgales-turisma-konferencekvalitate- latgales-turisma-svarigs-faktors-konkuretspejiga Photos from the conference: http://travelnews.lv/index.php?view=gallery&g_uid=6720
Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto
European Manifesto asks the European Commission and Parliament, more attention for tourism as an important driver on Growth and Jobs EGWA is one of the over 20 organisations that have already signed up to the manifesto because the importance of the future European policy on tourism, also for greenways. Greenways are a very useful tool for the development of tourism in rural areas and contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. Tourism in greenways is an important driver of economic and social development, what is key in rural and inland areas. The future European policy to support tourism is key for greenways! Please, read the Manifesto and help to distribute it through your organization and fellow network. www.tourismmanifesto.eu
« Greenways Outdoor” Creation and transnational promotion of outdoor tourism product linked to European Greenways Greenways great Outdoors without borders and barriers Greenways Outdoor: Vías Verdes sin fronteras ni barreras. Workshop Thursday 21/January/ 2015 Venue: Madrid, Spain (at FITUR International tourism fair; room A 9.13) Time: 10:30 – 14:30 Objectives: To present the project Greenways Outdoors To present key elements to generate successful tourism product around greenways: continuity of the greenways beyond administrative boundaries and accessibility. To present main requirements and constraints to generate tourism product, with concrete examples of initiatives coming from public and SME. To encourage greenways network to generate tourism product and to promote them at European level. Addressed to: Tourism promotion and greenway management authorities; Local service and equipment providers (SMEs) around greenways; Tour operators and active and nature tourism agencies; Public authorities and private organisations that want to promote greenways for tourism in its territories; Potential tourists / end users. Program (Preliminar): 10:00 – Registration 10:30 – 11:00 – Open act Representatives from: European Commission; Turespaña; EGWA and Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE). European Commission: “EU policy on sustainable tourism; EU funds opportunities for tourism and greenways” (tbc) 11:00 – 11:45 – Greenways Outdoor: the project […]
Greenways Outdoor Coordination Meeting
The previous afternoon to the Fitur Workshop an internal meeting was held, focusing on the coordination of the various actions to be developed in the coming months, such as joint participation in European tourism trade fairs, the creation of a catalogue of greenway-based tourism products, sport events, workshops, and communication campaigns. Team partners during and after the meeting The general objective of the Greenways Outdoor project is the diversification of the tourism offer in Europe by generating new products relating to greenways and capitalizing on existing ones, thereby improving the competitiveness of the European greenway-based tourism industry, together with the joint promotion of greenways tourism products to make them better known internationally and so attract more visitors. The aim is also to strengthen public and private cooperation in order to facilitate the creation and promotion of the greenways tourism product. These objectives will be achieved through a combination of different actions and events and directed at SMEs, tour operators, public administrations, and other organizations interested in greenways, as well as the end customers themselves. Greenways Outdoor project is implemented by 10 Partners from 5 countries, (Spain, Latvia, Portugal, Italy and Belgium): European Greenways Association (co-ordinator European scope); Spanish Railways […]
“Greenways without borders and barriers” Workshop
On January 21 the European Greenways Association (EGWA) and Spanish Railways Foundation (hereinafter FFE) jointly organized the workshop “Greenways without borders and barriers”, within the framework of the European project Greenways Outdoor. This EU funded project is coordinated by the EGWA with FFE as one of the key team members. The workshop was attended by a large number of participants and the many interesting presentations can be seen at www.viasverdes.com After some brief words of welcome from EGWA and the FFE, the Technical Workshop “Greenways Outdoor: Greenways without borders and barriers” started with a presentation by Ilona Lelonek, representing the DG GROW unit for Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries of the European Commission, on European Union policies regarding sustainable tourism and how these policies can be funded. Ms. Lelonek highlighted the backing that the Commission provides to European greenways and, in particular, to the creation of a tourism product. The latter is one of the key objectives of the Greenways Outdoor project and is co-funded as part of the European Commission’s Cosme programme. Mercedes Muñoz, EGWA director and coordinator of the project, explained how the project’s main action strategies are being applied and highlighted some of the most important results, such as the creation of a catalogue of greenway-based touri sm products, the […]
Greenways Outdoor at Fiets in Wandelbeurs 2016
20-21st February we have been promoting the European Greenways and the Greenways Outdoor project at Fiets en Wandelbeurs 2016, that is one of the most important specialized international fairs. For first time Greewnays Outdoors had a joint stand, shared by four partners members Furthermore we organized a conference to present “Greenways Outdoor” with the participation of all the partners in Utrecht, to reinforce the presence of the greenways at the fair. Moreover, it was held two more conferences about Spanish vías verdes, since Spain has been the invited country this year, that counted with a great participation and, a presentation from the Vennbahn at the press conference organized from Wallonie. These parallel events have included as well references about greenways outdoor project and have greatly contributed to enlarge the impact of the greenways at the fair. It was a great experience and we would like to thank everybody for their visit and support, especially our GO partners present at the fair Ostbelgien Eifel-Ardennen Vías Verdes – Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles Rutas Pangea Vía Verde De La Sierra Cádiz-Sevilla Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região Dão Lafões! It was also an opportunity to meet there other friends and EGWA members, as Vías verdes de Girona and Chemins de Rail promoting RAVEL. […]
New president for EGWA
Family picture after General Assembly (from left to right): Jānis Sijāts, Vidzeme Tourism Association (Latvia) ; Nicolas Poulouin (AF3V -France) ; Albert Gómez (Consorci Vies Verdes De Girona – Spain ) ; Dany Heck – Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien, Belgium ; Daniel Mourek , Environmental Partnership Association (EPA), Czech Republic / Giulio Senes, New President, Italian Greenways Association, Italy / Kris Rockelé (Province Antwerpen, Belgium); Anne Daubechies, Walonie (Belgium); Gilbert Perrin, Outgoing President, Chemins du Rail (Belgium); Mercedes Muñoz, EGWA Director. Giulio Senes from the Italian Greenways Association (Italy) is the new EGWA president by acclamation of the General Assembly held in Namur (Belgium) last October. Senes had previously been Vice-President and knows the association very well as a founder member of EGWA. Namur, a highly symbolic place, was chosen for Gilbert Perrin to leave the presidency and to “close the circle”, since it was here where the Association started, promoted by himself and other partners in 1998. It was a very emotional farewell for him as president, but not from EGWA, where Gilbert will continue to be a member of the Executive Committee. But now he will have more time to devote to Chemins du Rail, the association of volunteers also […]
EUROPEAN GREENWAYS PHOTO CONTEST
EUROPEAN GREENWAYS PHOTO CONTEST OPEN CALL The European Greenways Association organizes the “European Greenways Photo Contest” in the framework of the European project Greenways Outdoor (co-founded by the Cosme programme of the European Union). The objective is to promote greenways as a suitable infrastructure for different groups to practise outdoor activities at any time of year. The European Greenways and all the elements around them are the protagonists of this competition. Participating photos should show the infrastructure itself (viaducts, tunnels, old railway buildings, canal towpaths, etc.), or users, heritage and natural attractions of the environment, places and singular elements, and especially the practice of activities by different kinds of users (cyclists, hikers, sports, families, etc.). There are 5 prizes for the best photos and a special prize for the picture with the best engagement on the social media networks: 1st PRIZE: 2 tickets in 1st class for a round trip to any of the Renfe-SNCF en cooperación / en cooperation 2nd PRIZE: 3 Day trip to Madrid for 2 people – visiting two greenways sponsored by Rutas Pangea 3rd PRIZE: 3 Day trip to Olvera for 2 people – sponsored by Fundación Vía Verde de la Sierra (FVVS) 4th PRIZE: […]
Workshop « Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product”
« Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product”, is the next workshop that will be held on Friday 20 May/2016 at Bütgenbach (Belgium), As part of the Greenways Outdoor project. It will be followed by a technical visit at the awarded transborder greenway Vennbahn! The agenda is worth the trip! Preliminary program Workshop « Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product” Venue: Sport- und Freizeitzentrum Worriken – at the Building « Pavillon » Worriken 9; 4750 Bütgenbach (Belgium) Time: 9:15 – 12:30 + Technical visit: 14:00 -18:00 ____________________________________________________________________________ Objectives: To present the project Greenways Outdoors and to encourage stakeholders to generate tourism product around greenways. To share best practices in greenways infrastructure development, as key tool to develop cycle tourism. To present key elements to attract new clients and to implement successful marketing campaigns on greenways To provide key tips to create attractive cycle tourism packages linked to greenways. Addressed to: Tourism promotion and greenway management authorities; Local service and equipment providers (SMEs) around greenways; Tour operators and active and nature tourism agencies; Public authorities and private organisations that want to promote greenways for tourism in its territories; Potential tourists / end users. Program: 9:15 Registration 9:30 Words […]
The 3rd Eurovelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism Conference
On the 14th of October 2016 the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA) organise a EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference in Vienna Austria. Like every other year, the conference is the opportunity to bring together leading experts working on cycle tourism, route development and other related fields from across the continent to learn about the latest developments and share best practices. The registrations for the event will be opened soon. Please stay tuned on the website and Follow us on social media! This conference is organized in the framework of the EU funded project Silver cyclist and Greenways Outdoor
REGISTRATION IS OPEN EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycletourism conference!
On the 14th of October 2016, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) together with the European Greenways Association (EGWA) are holding the III Edition of their EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism Conference in Vienna (Austria). The event is the main cycle tourism conference on the European level and brings together leading stakeholders in the cycle tourism field from across the continent. The III EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism Conference will be held on October 14th 2016 at the Palais Niederosterreich in Vienna (Austria). In this edition in Vienna, the programme will be divided in two main blocks: – Product: focusing on the best experiences on cycle tourism from all around Europe. It will include presentations from tour operators, universities, European organisations and specialists on Greenways Outdoor (tourism products based on Greenways) and Silver Cyclists (cycling tourism for seniors). – Markets and clients: this block will focus on marketing Europe as a tourism destination, including experiences from all around the world on how to market cycle tourism and the impact of cycle tourism (monitoring). Due to the limited number of seats, we highly recommend you to register as soon as possible. National EuroVelo Coordinators and Coordination Centres (NECC/Nc) and EGWA members will have priority in case the number of registrations exceed […]
Social Networks Prize Photo Contest
CONGRATULATIONS to David Clynch, the winner of the SPECIAL Social Networks Prize of the First edition of the European Greenways Photo Contest who took an amazing photo of Deise Greenway, the Waterford Greenway Group near Ballyvoile in Ireland and shared it will us and all of his friends on Facebook and Twitter! David’s photo had a great engagement with over 50 likes, comments and retweets which made him the direct winner of this prize. It was the picture with the most amount of points from all the pics we received from all over Europe. Thank you all for sharing your greenway photos with us! The photo contest is part of the EU project Greenways Outdoor and this particular SPECIAL Social Networks Prize, given to the person with the most points, it is offered by the EGWA and the Greenways Outdoor project, and it consists of two nights’ accommodation *** with breakfast for two people near one of the winning greenways of the 7th European Greenways Award 2015 (Excellence and Exemplary Initiatives categories): Nordbahntrasse Wuppertal / North-Rhine-Westphalia / Germany Plazaola Greenway / Navarra / Spain Koleje in Nový Jičín / Moravia-Silesia / Czech Republic Greenway between Flemish Ardennes and the Pays des Collines / Flanders / Walloon region / Belgium – […]
« Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product” Workshop and more…
On Friday 20 May the workshop « Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product” was held in Bütgenbach (Belgium). It was organized by Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien (the Belgian tourism agency) in cooperation with EGWA, within the framework of the EU funded project, Greenways Outdoor. The workshop was followed by a very interesting technical visit to the award-winning cross-border route, Vennbahn, passing through 3 countries, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. To end the day a new bridge near the Lommersweiler tunnel was opened. It was named after Gilbert Perrin in recognition of his tireless work in the creation of Vennbahn. The interesting presentations made during the workshop can be seen at http://www.aevv-egwa.org/event/workshop-greenways-attracting-new-clients-and-selling-the-product/. Workshop « Greenways: Attracting new clients and selling the product” The workshop kicked off with a warm welcome to the participants by Sandra De Taeye, director of Tourismusagentur Ostbelgien, who pointed out the importance of the Vennbahn as a key tourist attraction in East Belgium and the continuous work by the many stakeholders to provide the best offer and welcome to visitors. Greenways Outdoor overview. Mercedes Muñoz. European Greenways Association (EGWA) Director and Greenways Outdoor Coordinator. The EGWA director and coordinator of the project showed […]
« Tourism Outdoor and Greenways in Rural Areas » Workshop in Italy
European Greenways Association will take part in the « Tourism Outdoor and Greenways in Rural Areas » Workshop in Italy. On the 1st and 2nd of July we will be in Parco Regionale Veneto Delta del Po and we invite you to participate also in the workshop, the techical visit or the nordic walk and discover the city of Adria.
Greenways and Tourism Product Workshop and Technical Visit in Portugal
Programa Workshop: Ecopistas e Produtos Turísticos – Visita Técnica THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE IN PORTUGUESE Parceiros Internacionais European Greenways Association (EGWA) Subbética Bikes Friends, (Spain) Parceiros Nacionais Câmara Municipal de Santa Comba Dão Câmara Municipal de Tondela Câmara Municipal de Viseu Programa da Ação: Dia 7 – Quinta-feira 09:00 – Receção 09:30 – Sessão boas vindas – CIM VISEU DÃO LAFÕES 10:00 – Apresentação do projeto “Greenways Outdoor” – Mercedes Muñoz 10:30 – Turismo do Centro – Producto turístico vinculado a Ecopistas no Centro de Portugal 11:00 – “Generando producto turístico en la Vía verde del Aceite” Antonio Camacho Subbética Bikes Friends, (Spain) 11:30- “Ecopistas: Recurso Acessível a Todos” – Apresentação pelas Associações (IPSS) 12:00 – Os Bikotel e a Estruturação do Produto – Pedro Pedrosa empresa A2Z 12:15 – Network Meeting – Instituições Publicas e empresariais. “Serviços em torno da Ecopista do Dão” 13:00 – Almoço livre 17:00 – Visita técnica à ECOPISTA DO DÃO 20:00 – Jantar convívio Organizado por: […]
WINNERS of European Greenways Photo Contest 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to all the WINNERS of the first European Greenways Photo Contest We loved all your photos!!! WINNERS: PRIZE 1 ©Helen Rigard – Waterford Greenway Viaduct – IRELAND PRIZE 2 ©Oscar Garcia – Terra Alta Greenway – SPAIN PRIZE 3 ©Pablo Toboso – Terra Alta Greenway – SPAIN PRIZE 4 ©David Quintas – Vasco Navarro Greenway_Alava – SPAIN PRIZE 5 ©Derek Halsey – Iron Curtain Trail – CZECH REPUBLIC MENTIONS: M1 ©Oscar Garcia – Sierra de la Demanda Greenway – SPAIN M2 ©Tessa Serrano – Hehlingen – GERMANY M3 ©Anita Tīlena – Old Narroy-gauge Railway Bridge – LATVIA M4 ©Gregorio Egea Jimenez – Murcia Greenway – SPAIN M5 ©Salvador Camaño – Plazaola Greenway – SPAIN M5 ©Alicia Polo – Bidasoa Greenway – SPAIN M5 ©Derek Halsey – Iron Curtain Trail – CZECH REPUBLIC Thank you all for participating! We have discovered new greenways thanks to your photos. Please keep on sharing and tagging your favourite European greenways! Also thanks to all our judges for taking their time and rating all the pictures! Roberto Rovelli – IT Associazione Italiana Greenways Jenny Martin – UK Sustrans Dominika Zareba – PL Stowarzyszenie Greenways Poland Gilbert Perrin – BE Chemins du Rail Carmen Aycart – ES Vías Verdes de Andalucía Liam O’Mahony – IR Great Southern Trail / Greenway And […]
The new European Project in which EGWA is participating, “Greenways4ALL”, is underway! EGWA participates in this new EU project funded under the COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The project aims to move forward towards the creation of accessible tourism products linked to greenways. Greenways4ALL will help improve accessibility to and around greenways, the quality of the tourism supply aimed at persons with disability, and the dissemination of greenway resources as infrastructures for everyone. The project is coordinated by the FFE; the EGWA provides the European dimension and coordinates communication. Greenways, which are non-motorized routes that mostly make use of disuse railway lines and canal towpaths, are probably the most accessible routes providing access to nature and open-air leisure activities for everyone, including persons with disability. However, and with few exceptions, despite the potential that the tourist destinations of greenways enjoy, travellers are not offered the facilities to acquire a comprehensive and accessible tourism product based on greenways. This is because the offer of the various resources making up a trip are neither structured nor organized. With this project, whose full name is “Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways For All”, we aim […]
“Ecopistas e Produtos Turísticos”, Workshop and technical visit
The summary of the workshop “Ecopistas e Produtos Turísticos” held in Viseu 7th July 2016 in the framework of Greenways Outdoor project; presentations in Portuguese and Spanish, and pictures including the technical visit to Ecopista do Dão.
Conference « Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All » September 30 in Madrid
Conference « Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All » The European Greenways Association and the Spanish Railways Foundation, as project coordinator partner of « Greenways4ALL » project organize on Friday, September 30, the first conference of this European project which began last July 1, 2016. The conference will take place at the FFE headquarters (C / Santa Isabel, 44, Madrid). The conference « Accessible Tourism on European Greenways: Greenways for All » aims to publicize the « Greenways4ALL » project and share experiences on accessible tourism, improving accessibility around greenways and the dissemination of these routes as resources for all. It is aimed at political and technical professionals at national and regional level, county councils, municipalities, greenways managers, experts, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector, the third sector and specialized media. View Program and presentations >> Registration Form >> The conference is the starting point of the European project Greenways4ALL with the aim of moving towards a product that meets the value chain of accessibility; from the accessible travel path to an accessible experience. Thus, accessibility is the common element to all resources that integrate the tourism product: walking the greenway, eating in restaurants in the area, lodging in the immediate vicinity to the greenway, […]
« Local Accessibility Agreement » for La Sierra Greenway and Ecopista do Dao
Local Accessibility Agreements were signed by EGWA members La Sierra Greenway and Ecopista Do Dão as part of the Greenways4All project In the month of October representatives from PREDIF (Representative State Platform for Physically Disabled Persons) and the Spanish Railway Foundation met managers from two Greenways4ALL project members, La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) and Ecopista do Dão (Viseu, Portugal), at two events whose purpose was to train the technical staff of each area in matters of accessibility. At the close of each event a “Local Accessibility Agreement” was signed by the host greenway. The “Local Accessibility Agreement” for La Sierra Greenway (Cadiz-Seville) was reached during the event held on October 19 and 20 at Olvera station. Representatives from PREDIF and the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE), in collaboration with the La Sierra Greenway Foundation, organized a training workshop for greenway managers and owners of tourism establishments. This event included a technical visit to and an accessibility assessment of a stretch of the greenway and of a number of different types of establishments such as accommodation, restaurants and an interpretation centre. The schedule also included a presentation and a short dissemination session on accessible tourism and greenways. In the framework of this event […]
Call for candidacies for the 8 th European Greenways Award 2017
Call for candidacies for the 8 th European Greenways Award (Deadline: Wednesday 26 April 2017) The European Greenways Association (EGWA) announces the call for candidacies for the 8th European Greenways Award (EGA) 2017, organised by EGWA in co-operation with the Limerick City and County Council. The objective is to promote examples of best practice and to support their replication on other greenways all over Europe. The European Greenways Award will only be granted to greenways under the Lille Declaration, as well as to initiatives already in existence. This biennial award will recognise examples of greenway best practice in two categories: a) Excellence awards In this category the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded to three exemplary greenways that show the best integration of the various characteristics that define greenways (Art. 1 of Regulations) and which also demonstrate specific strengths which, in the opinion of the jury, make them exemplary. (…) b) Exemplary initiatives A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded to exemplary initiatives carried out in relation to greenways. This category is open to any activity related to greenways in its broadest sense: (…) Deadline for receipt of candidacies: Wednesday 26 April 2017 Regulations, Applications forms and updated info: europeangreenwaysaward.org The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 28th […]
How to Make Accessible Greenways?
Key recommendations for making greenways accessible When designing accessible greenways we need to take into consideration a set of minimum, technical, accessibility-related criteria in order to ensure that greenways can be used and enjoyed by everyone – including people with disabilities – under safe and comfortable conditions. Accessibility to natural spaces has been less well developed than accessibility in urban environments. For this reason we believe it is essential to provide some guidelines that can be implemented not only on greenways but also in any action carried out in natural areas, such as paths, nature trails, etc. We are confident that this brochure will help European greenway planners and managers to develop initiatives aimed at improving accessibility along their routes and making greenways an integrating element for the development of accessible tourism experiences and products. All this technical information, best practices for accessible greenways in Europe, and plenty more besides is available in the Greenways4ALL “Practical Guide to Opening Up the Territory to Accessible Greenways”. (in Spanish). Brochures are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese Download from http://greenways4all.org/publications/
Recent meeting in Brussels of the jury of the 8th European Greenways Award
Recent meeting in Brussels of the jury of the 8th European Greenways Award The jury of the 8th European Greenways Award was made up of experts whose professional background allowed them to approach the assessment of the excellent candidates from Austria, Belgium, Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal from a wide range of perspectives. Iulia Niculica. Operations and Administration Manager, European Travel Commission (ETC). Tommaso Spanevello. Legal manager of EIM aisbl (European Rail Infrastructure Managers). Sarah Holden – Irish Regions Brussels Office. Coordinator for the Irish delegation to the Committee of the Regions. Alessandra Bonfanti. Legambiente – Responsible for soft mobility. Giulio Senes – President EGWA. (Vote, in case of a tie vote) Jury was assisted technically by the EGWA representatives (with voice but without vote) Ms. Arantxa Hernández, General Secretary, M. Gilbert Perrin, Member of the Executive Committee and past President and Ms. Mercedes Muñoz, Director and Jury Secretary. As laid down in the award regulations, the jury set out to make 3 awards for the categories Excellence, Exemplary Initiatives, and a special award from the jury to recognize a particularly admirable greenway. The winners will be announced in Limerick (Ireland) on Thursday September 28, 2017 The 8th European Greenways Award […]
THE GREENWAYS4ALL CATALOGUE IS AVAILABLE
The Greenways4ALL catalogue includes currently 10 products of Accessible Tourism around Greenways from Spain and Portugal.
Workshop on « European Greenways »
« European Greenways: an opportunity for local and sustainable tourism development » Date: Thursday 28 September, 2017 – 2-5pm Venue: Dunraven Arms Hotel – Main St, Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Objectives: To provide an overview of European greenways, paying special attention to Ireland. To present examples of greenway best practices as avenues of local and tourism development that can be replicated in other European territories. To encourage interested parties to continue to develop greenways in Europe, with reference to funding opportunities for implementation and promotion. Exchange and networking among greenway promotors and managers in order to foster mutual collaboration. Addressed to: tourism promotion and greenway management authorities; public authorities and private organizations wishing to promote greenways for tourism in their territories; local service and equipment providers (SMEs) in the vicinity of greenways. Press & Media. Program: 2-2:30 Opening speeches. Giulio Senes, President European Greenways Association. Brian Kennedy, Senior Executive Officer, Economic Development, Limerick City & County Council. 2:30 – 3:30 European Greenways. Overview with special focus on Ireland. European Greenways an asset for sustainable tourism. Mercedes Muñoz, Director, European Greenways Association. (Europe) Greenways in Ireland, the current network and development plan strategy. Derek O’Neill. Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (the Transport Section) (Ireland). […]
The 8th European Greenways Awards have been given
Seven greenways from Belgium, Serbia, Portugal, Spain and Ireland were awarded as reference of best practices in Europe. The Award ceremony was held in Adare, Limerick Co. (Ireland)).
“Greenways4ALL Final Conference in Portugal
“Greenways4ALL final conference » – Registration is open Now!! Date: Thuesday 14 November 2017, Monçao, Portugal. Please keep tuned for updates.
Greenways HERITAGE new EU funded project
New EU funded project Greenways HERITAGE EGWA will co-ordinate this new EU project funded under the COSME programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The general objective of the project is the development and diversification of the European tourism offer by generating new tourism products related to heritage greenways and UNESCO cultural heritage sites located nearby. This is to be achieved by widely disseminating this appealing offer in order to attract more tourists and to generate an economic impact on territories which have both UNESCO sites and greenways, and in particular on the SMEs located in their vicinity. To promote the use of new technologies applied to greenways and UNESCO sites to better inform tourists and so enhance their experience. To achieve this objective various types of concrete actions will be implemented: The creation of product and generation of an offer of tourism packages of greenways and UNESCO sites, and « go as you please » trip proposals. Work with local companies to improve competitiveness. Meetings promoting Public Private Partnership (PPP) To improve useful information for tourists by using new information technologies (web-GIS multi-platform with information on cultural sites and related greenways; Furthermore a specific example […]
EGWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The European Greenways Association will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 29 and 30 in Namur (Belgium), the city where it was born on January 8, 1998, with the patronage of the Walloon Region. Friday 29th will be dedicated to a big meeting/conference for us to exchange experiences and viewpoints, after which there will be a festive musical evening. On the Saturday we will have the opportunity to discover Namur and its greenways at the crossroads of European cycle routes. It will be a grand reunion of the greenways “family” who, over the years, have contributed towards the launch, dissemination and consolidation of greenways in Europe as quality infrastructures for active tourism and sustainable mobility. Here at EGWA we would like to give our sincerest thanks to the Walloon Region for having made possible the organization of this gathering of European greenways and to Chemins du Rail, to the speakers from the various countries for giving their time so generously to share their experiences with us, and to all the attendees, experts in the subject, and friends of the greenways, who for sure will make this event a memorable one. We would be delighted if you could take part. We do […]
Launching of the european project Greenways HERITAGE in Burgos
Greenways HERITAGE, international presentation for press, authorities and stakeholders. Date: Wednesdady 6 June 2018; 5:00 p.m. – Museum of the Human Evolution, Burgos, Spain, Lanzamiento internacional del proyecto europeo « Greenways HERITAGE » Fecha: 6 Junio – 5:00 Burgos, Museo de la Evolución Humana Program – (Spanish) – Presentación a prensa, autoridades y grupos de interés El proyecto europeo Greenways HERITAGE. Mercedes Muñoz, coordinadora del proyecto y directora de la Asociación Europea de vías Verdes (EGWA) Patrimonio UNESCO en Burgos y Castilla y León. Javier Ramírez, Director General de Turismo de Castilla y León. El Programa de Caminos Naturales en Castilla y León. Gustavo Bada.Jefe del Área de Informática de la Subdirección General de Fomento del Desarrollo Rural del Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente Vías Verdes y Patrimonio UNESCO en Castilla y León. Arantxa Hernández, Jefa del área de Vías Verdes de la Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles. The presentation to the press, authorities and stakeholders will be followed by a visit to the museum at 6:00 p.m. ⇒ The Internal Kick-off meeting of the Greenways Heritage for project […]
Greenways and UNESCO sites a common destination
Greenways and UNESCO sites a common destination. Activities and opportunities of cooperation. Workshop & Working meeting. Namur (Belgium) Thursday 28 June 2018 – 16:30 Venue: C/o Siège de Chemins du Rail – Rue van Opré 97 ; 5th floor – Namur Objectives: → To present the new EU funded project Greenways Heritage to the EGWA members and greenways network, and the opportunities of cooperation → To encourage greenways network to cooperate and to request the contribution to the project from partners outside the consortium. → To promote the application of new technologies to inform visitors and to improve the knowledge of the existing cultural heritage of the territory. → Networking between partners and participants: how you can contribute to the project Greenways Heritage and how the project can help your greenways and Cultural resources to become better prepared for tourism and for being more internationally well-known. Program Greenways Heritage (10′) Project General Overview: Greenways and UNESCO sites a winning duo. Mercedes Muñoz, AEVV-EGWA – Lead Partner/Coordinator. Detailed content of the work and opportunities to participate in the different actions of Greenways Heritage. (40′) Team partners: Arantxa Hernández, FFE Vias Verdes; Giulio Senes Milan University; Kris Rokelé and representatives from Stad Mechelen / Provincie Antwerpen, Mercedes […]
EGWA 20 Years Later – The symposium, presentations available
The experience exchange symposium Namur, Belgium. Friday June 29th, 2018, Presentations available for download (in English or French); See the outline of the symposium and events here 08:45 Welcome Opening speech 09:15 Frédéric Razée. Minister of Public Works, Walloon Region (Belgium) 09:25 Start. Adrien Joveneau, moderator At the beginning… 09:30 Why is it necessary to go to the USA to hear about Spanish Vias Verdes ? Gilbert Perrin, EGWA and association Chemins du Rail (Belgium) 09:40 From the Walloon RAVeL to the European greenways, the role of the Walloon Region. Marc Bovin, member of the cabinet of the Michel Lebrun, former Minister (Belgium) 09:55 A vision for Reconnecting America : the trigger toward a European Greenways Association. Paul Labovitz (USA) 10:10 EGWA’s birth, the challenges. Joaquín Jiménez, 1st president of EGWA (Spain) 10:25 Break EGWA’s benefits – The progress in the concept of greenways 10:45 Start. Adrien Joveneau, moderator 10:50 The importance of former railway lines, cross border connections. Christoph Hendrich, Tourism Agency of the East of Belgium (Belgium) 11:05 The influence of other countries on a national project: The results in the […]
Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the EGWA in Namur
Fantastic celebration of the 20th anniversary of the EGWA in Namur, (Belgium) The event was held on June 29 and 30 and attracted attendees from 13 countries. A useful and festive programme combining symposium, gala dinner, and bike trip round Namur and the local greenways. Fantastic gathering of the greenways family to celebrate EGWA’s 20th anniversary, which served to demonstrate the consolidation of the greenways concept and its expansion throughout Europe, together with the key role played by EGWA and its partners. The celebration took place on June 29 and 30 and was organized and sponsored by the Walloon Region in Namur, capital of Wallonia, where the Association had been created in 1998. The event brought together many old friends and introduced them to new players in the development of greenways from all over Europe. The event featured a useful and festive programme made up of various activities, which encouraged a lively exchange of ideas and experiences, in a very friendly atmosphere a truly delightful setting. These were the activities: Experience exchange symposium A festive evening with a musical gala dinner and a surprise performance by the amazing stilt walkers, the Echasseurs de Namur The following day a morning bike […]
Workshop UNESCO sites and Greenways, in Portugal
Next Workshop « UNESCO sites and Greenways, a common destination » These events are organized in the framework of the Greenways Heritage project, in the city of Guimarães ⇒ Historic centre of Guimarães is World Heritage Site (WHS) ⇒ The Ecopista of Guimarães, as greenways are called in Portugal, is about 14 km long, between Guimarães and Fafe and uses the old railway line of Guimaraes. Date/Data: Encontro: Quinta-feira/ Thursday /29 de Noviembre 2018 Venue/Local: Sociedade Martins Sarmento, Rua Paio Galvão, Guimarães, Portugal. Language / Idioma: Portuguese / English with simultaneous translation from / to Objetivos: Dar a conhecer o projeto europeu Greenways HERITAGE (Ecovias e património UNESCO) e as oportunidades de cooperação em Portugal. Favorecer a participação público-privada na criação de produtos turísticos e iniciativas para o aproveitamento turístico, vinculadas à promoção do património UNESCO e Ecovias na Europa. Promover a aplicação das novas tecnologias para informar os visitantes e melhorar o conhecimento do património cultural existente no território. Favorecer o intercambio e a cooperação europeia, no âmbito do projeto Greenways HERITAGE: como os territórios que contam com património UNESCO e “Greenways” podem contribuir para o projeto e como o projeto europeu pode ajudá-los a estar melhor preparados para o turismo […]
Greenways + UNESCO Heritage, uniting destinations
Workshop Greenways Heritage at FITUR International Tourism Fair. Madrid, Friday 25 January 2019; 11-14h. Co-organized by the Spanish Railways Foundation with the cooperation of the European Greenways Association. This event is part of the Greenways Heritage Project, co funded by the COSME program of the European Commission. The aim of the project is the development and diversification of the European tourism offer by generating new tourism products related to heritage greenways and UNESCO cultural heritage sites located nearby. Addressed to: Tourism promotion and greenway management authorities; UNESCO sites management authorities; Local service and equipment providers (SMEs) around greenways; Tour operators and active and nature tourism agencies specialized in greenways, cultural and nature tourism; Public authorities and private organisations that want to promote greenways and cultural heritage for tourism in its territories; Potential tourists / end users. See the program here Registration here Further info about Greenways Heritage project here Venue: FITUR International Tourism Fair. Av. Partenón, Nº 5, 28042 Madrid. (Room N 110). Greenways Heritage Project partners:
VI European Greenways Conference 2019
VI European Greenways Conference. Greenways, much more than sustainable infrastructure for tourism development. Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain) 4 – 5 April 2019 Palacio de Congresos Europa Organized by: Basquetour, the European Greenways Association and the Spanish Railways Foundation. ⇒ download the program here: English / Spanish / Euskera Programme DAY 1: 4 April 2019 8:30 – 9:00. Welcome and registration 9:00 – 9:30. Opening speeches Isabel Muela López, Deputy Minister of Trade and Tourism. Basque Government. Giulio Senes, President, European Greenways Association. José Carlos Domínguez Curiel, CEO, Spanish Railways Foundation. 9:30 – 10:30. Session 1: The Greenways in Regional, National and European Policies and Strategies Regional development instruments need to make provision for greenways to enable projects to be developed and funded. Greenways, a European initiative. Mercedes Muñoz, Director, European Greenways Association. The Irish Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways. Derek O’Neill, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport. The Nature Paths and Greenways Programme. Jorge Figueira. Programme Coordinator. Directorate-General for Rural Development, Innovation and Forestry Policy. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. 10:30 – 11:50 Session 2: Industrial Heritage and Greenways The valorization of the industrial heritage sites along the greenways: one objective of greenway infrastructure. Promotion of Railway Heritage, Greenways, TouRail, Railway […]
OurWay Project visits Ireland
The 2nd Steering Group Meeting & 1st Interregional Thematic Workshop of the OurWay Project, held in Westport, County Mayo (Ireland), on 5-6 March 2019. This was a great opportunity to learn all about the Irish Greenways strategy and, in particular, the successful Great Western Greenway in County Mayo, at the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA), the hosting project partner. A few months ago, the Irish government approved The Greenways Strategy – Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways, promoted by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The strategy was devised through cross-departmental collaboration and with contributions from all kinds of interested parties, in a process which took more than one year to complete. Right up until the final approval stage, the design was open to the participation of all interested parties and enjoyed the substantial involvement of various government departments, authorities and stakeholders at local, regional and national level. Ireland’s greenways are based on the concept outlined in the EGWA’s Lille Declaration. This first seminar provided us with a great opportunity to learn about the whole process in depth, at first hand from the key players involved in the process. Specific examples of the development of greenways and […]
Greenways Heritage Study Tour in Flanders and Wallonia
Greenways Heritage next open activities in Flandres & Wallonie (Belgium) Tuesday 21 May 2019: 10 -12: Workshop Greenways Heritage about cycle tourism and cultural heritage: innovation through the use of new technology Press conference. Venue: Museum Hof van Busleyden – Mechelen: Visit by bike (*) along greenways from Averbode to UNESCO Beguinage of Diest in the afternoon. (*) Previous confirmation required. Reservation until 15 May: Kris.ROCKELE[at]provincieantwerpen.be PROGRAM 10.00 hours: Welcome by Björn Siffer, (political representative of the city of Mechelen). 10.15 hours: Jan De Haes, (political representative of the Province of Antwerp): « The innovation in leisure industry and cycle tourism: opportunities and treats for SMEs ». 10.30 hours: Mercedes Muñoz, (director of European Greenways Association (EGWA), project coordinator): « Greenways Heritage: state of affairs (project status) and future actions in this COSME-EU funded project ». 10.45 hours: Giulio Senes, (Milan University): « Greenways Heritage and Touristic GIS/multiplatform Web-GIS based application: opportunities for SMEs in Europe ». 11.00 hours: Bram Van Oost, (marketing manager of POPPR): « The development of Augmented Routes for the cultural and creative industry: the app we are launching today ». 11:15 hours: Melissa Geerts, (coordinator – heritage consultant De Merode): « The beguinages of Mechelen and Diest: a paradise for heritage lovers and slow tourism […]
Meeting in Brussels of the jury of the 9th European Greenways Award
Jury members at meeting in Brussels The Jury of the 9th European Greenways Award was made up of experts whose professional background allowed them to approach, from a range of perspectives, the analysis of the exceptional candidates from 7 different countries. Ms. Girma Anuskeviciute – DG GROW, Unit F4 – Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries. European Commission Ms. Anne GRADY. European Commission. Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). Unit D.1 – Cultural Policy Ms. Ilaria MAGGIOROTTI, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana R.F.I. S.p.A. Responsible of the disused railways Mr. Javier MORENO. Technical Advisor of EIM aisbl (European Rail Infrastructure Managers) Mr. Ignace Schops. Director. President EUROPARC Federation Mr. Giulio SENES: EGWA President of the EGWA (Vote, in case of a tie vote) The jury was assisted technically by Isabelle Dullaert (Waloon region and Vice-president EGWA), Gilbert Perrin, (Chemind du Rail and past president of the EGWA) and Mercedes Muñoz (EGWA director and jury Secretary). As laid down in the award regulations, the jury set out to select 3 awards for the categories Excellence and Exemplary Initiatives and 1 special award for “Exemplary innovative action / product to improve the info and experience for tourist”; this last one being part of the activities included in […]
Greenways Heritage & European Greenways Award in Latvia
Greenways Heritage & European Greenways Award in Latvia The final Conference of the Greenways Heritage EU co-funded Cosme project and the gala Dinner of the 9th European Greenways Award will be held on 5 September 2019, in Vidzeme region in Latvia. Overwiew of the program: Thursday 5th September 2019 9:00 – 12:00 Project partners meeting – Greenways Heritage 13:00 – 18:00 Final Conference Greenways Heritage « Enhancing Heritage and Innovation: shaping the future of greenways » (open) The conference will feature: Main outputs of the Greenways Heritage project. With special focus on key messages and tools to put in value greenways and cultural heritage nearby: Integrating cultural heritage into itineraries to create more attractive routes. Using technological tools for informing and enrich the experience of tourist about Greenways and cultural and natural heritage. Promoting and selling greenways and UNESCO as common destinations Governance to manage and promote greenways and heritage nearby. How to finance greenways integrating the natural and cultural assets nearby? Best practices to set up, manage and promote greenways and heritage in Europe, based on useful examples. Program of the Conference 13:00 – 13:30 Registration / Coffee 13:30 – 13:50 Opening. […]
The 9th European Greenways Awards have been given on September 5th 2019 during the official ceremony in Dikli, Vidzeme. (Latvia)
Six greenways from Latvia, Czechia, Austria and Spain were awarded as reference of best practices in Europe. The Award ceremony was held in Dikli, Vidzeme region (Latvia), and had the participation of the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Justice, and other authorities. The European Greenways Award was created in 2003 and has been held every two years since, to recognize greenway projects that stand out for their excellence and demonstration of best practice. In this 2019 edition the international jury met in Brussels on 10 July 2019, has awarded projects in two categories: “Excellence”, “Exemplary Initiatives” and one Special award (*), to recognize an Innovative action or product to improve the info and experience for tourists. EXCELLENCE CATEGORY 1st Prize: Green Railways in Latvia and Estonia /Latvia–Estonia, presented by Vidzeme Tourism Association/Vidzeme region, Latvia For the first extensive greenways network in Northern Latvia and Southern Estonia. In a very short time (less than 3 years), a network about 300 km long has been created, using the former railway lines to enhance the value of the history and heritage of the railway. Great results based on excellent cross border cooperation and a comprehensive, meaningful public-private partnership, including some 90 […]
Internation Workshop Greenways Heritage in Milan
International Workshop in Milan & Study Tour along the Naviglio Pavese Greenway Thursday 24th October International Greenways Heritage Workshop: “Development and promotion of a transnational cultural tourism product linked to Greenways and UNESCO cultural sites” 14:00 – Registration 14:15 – Welcome greetings Section 1: Greenways Heritage Project Results 14:25 – The “Greenways Heritage” Project – Mercedes Muñoz, European Greenways Association 14:45 – Touristic GIS, Web-App, Protocol – Giulio Senes, Roberto Rovelli, Gianpaolo Cirone, University of Milan (Italy) 15:05 – Greenways, UNESCO sites and Cultural Heritage in Flanders – Kris Rockelé, Antwerp Province (Belgium) 15:25 – 360° and augmented reality experience for UNESCO sites and greenways – Els Van Zele, City of Mechelen (Belgium) 15:45 – “Greenways Heritage” Touristic Product – Arantxa Hernández Colorado, Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles – Vias Verdes Program (Spain) 16:15 – “Greenways Heritage” Promotion & communication – Nuno Ferreira, Inter-municipal Community of Ave (Portugal) 16:30 – Coffee break Section 2: Key stakeholders’ experiences 16:45 – Soft mobility and cultural heritage in Italy – Anna Donati, Italian Soft Mobility Alliance (Italy) 17:05 – The role of the Italian railway company – Ilaria Maggiorotti, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Italy) 17:25 – The Voghera-Varzi Greenway and the Pavia provincial soft […]
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European Greenways Association
3 days ago
9️⃣th European Greenways Award 🥳
2nd prize Exellence category: “Cyklostezka Sázava /, presented by the Město Přibyslav, Czechia. (Bohemian-Moravian Highlands region, Czechia)
*For the high-quality infrastructure of the rail-trail greenway that connects towns and enables all kinds of users, including wheelchair users, to safely enjoy the environment along the route of the beautiful Sázava River. Exemplary in the Czech context, the high number of users shows the popularity of this greenway.
European Greenways Association
4 days ago
Here we offer you some highlights from the #GreenwaysHeritage Final Conference held in Dikli, Vidzeme Region, Latvia from the begining of this months.
European Greenways Association
4 days ago
9️⃣th European Greenways Award 🥳
Special Award Category – Innovative Action/Product: “Vías Verdes españolas y Red Natura 2000” mobile application presented by the Spanish Railways Foundation. (Spain)
*For the creation of a mobile app for Spanish Greenways and Protected Natural Spaces that enables users to discover the rich biodiversity of Spain’s natural spaces, “Red Natura 2000”, biosphere reserves and the Geoparks Network. The application provides comprehensive information for each itinerary, including detailed maps and geopositioning, and is rated very positively by users.
More than 90% of Spain’s greenways are included since less than 5 km of these pass through protected areas.
The special award is organized as part of the Greenways Heritage project cofunded by COSME program of the European Union.
espero que sirva para algo porque a mí me ha pasado de ir a una vía verde y estar cerrada y no aparecer nada en la página web de las vías verdes… Esperemos que sirva para algo porque sino sería de vergüenza.
European Greenways Association
4 days ago
GREAT NEWS from Italy 🥳🤩
The Ciclopedonale della Valle Brembana has a new section from Sombreno to Zogno ‼️
The inauguration was yesterday, September 17th, and with the extention with 8 km of the greenway, it is now possible to reach the "Grotte delle Meraviglie" – the most breathtaking tourist resource in Zogno (Province of Bergamo).
Discover the greenways linked to the European UNESCO heritage: we encourage you to visit this beautiful greenway that passes through the Italian Alps. its vicinity to the UNESCO city of Bergamo makes it even more appealing!
#GreenwaysHeritage #GreenwaysEurope #UNESCO #heritage #Bergamo #Italy
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