The fourth ILEEE of the Interreg Europe Project CHERISH took place in Viana do Castelo Portugal on October 23rd-24th.
The City of Viana do Castelo is placed along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Region of Alto Minho. The region has been recognized as one of the most sustainable tourist destinations in World, is known to host some of the stages of the way of Saint James but also has a strong fishing tradition which we had the pleasure to discover during our stay.
Our attention focused on three good practices that we had the chance to assess. We first visited the ship Museum Gli Eannes which is a symbol for the fishing culture and the shipbuilding tradition. The second museum we visited was the Aquamuseu do Rio Minho which focuses on the natural heritage of the river basin and the ethnographic heritage linked to the artisanal fishing in the Rio Minho.
Last but not at least we were welcomed by the team of the project AMAReMAR. This initiative is developed in the Municipality of Esponsende to offer valuable leisure activities such as theatre, paintings, and sewing workshops to informally support social integration in fishery communities.
On the second day, we learned about the ancient tradition of the seaweed harvesting. This activity was once very popular among the farmers of the area as they were using the seaweed as fertilizer for their fields but is now carried out only by one lady, who we had the pleasure to meet.
Her deep understanding of the environment introduced us to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) workshop carried out by our partner of SnowChange. Every partner reflected on the significance of TEK, present some case studies and learn how to deal with this important but still too less known dimension of our heritage.
As always, stakeholders from different partner regions joined us during the meeting. Their participation is fundamental for the transferability of good practices and to strengthen the cooperation.
The next meeting will be in Mallorca in Spring 2020, the CHERISH team will meet again in Rostock to discuss the progress made so far and plan the for the years to come.
More information about the Project can be found under: https://www.eucc-d.de/current-projects/articles/cherish-en.html, on CHERISH Website, on Twitter and in the Project´s Newsletter.
Funding: Interreg Europe Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Duration: 06/2018 – 05/2023