The Historical Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras was invited to participate in the NAPOCTEP Webinar: Sustainable Mobility for Responsible Tourism to share its experience on walking routes and environmental, social and tourist sustainability of the Route.
The #EUGreenWeek online event was organized by INTERREG NAPOCTEP and Finnova Foundation and was part of the European Green Week 2021.
The goal of the event was to debate INTERREG NAPOCTEP as an example of rural tourism that brings together economic development, sustainability, cross-border relations and resilience in the COVID era. The meeting focused on the application of sustainable mobility alternatives to cultural tourism, namely the Napoleonic Routes. The bicycle was, therefore, the star transport as a sustainable alternative for future tourism. The webinar was attended by several experts and was moderated by Juanma Revuelta, CEO of Finnova, partner foundation of the NAPOCTEP program of the Interreg Portugal-Spain project.
The Historical Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras was represented by Ana Raquel Machado, who dedicated her intervention to the presentation of walking and mountain biking routes in Portugal, including the Wellington Route, which is part of NAPOCTEP. "Through the creation of these Napoleonic routes, Portugal and Spain can promote a new tourist product, capable of generating a great commercial, economic and business activity". The GR30 - Great Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras, the six routes of the Historical Route of the Lines of Torres Vedras, the integration in the Napoleonic routes through Spain and Portugal were mentioned as examples of good practices. The intervention ended by addressing the tourist and educational resources that are being developed to make the heritage of Lines de Torres Vedras more sustainable, friendly, accessible and inclusive.
To close the event, Íñigo Bilbao, coordinator of the NAPOCTEP project at Finnova, congratulated the speakers and congratulated the fact that "the project, which has been running for two years, is presenting itself as a great success. It allows the creation of synergies between partners, based on the development of ideas between all".
You can watch the webinar here
This webinar was part of the European Green Week 2021, organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, which takes place between 31 May and 4 June 2021, with the transversal theme "Zero Pollution", which also coincides with an action of the European Green Pact.
It is an annual event that is an opportunity to discuss European environmental policy and online events in all EU member states.