Project Wealth: Promoting Local Sustainable Economic Development visited the region of Algarve, Portugal, for its 3rd Partner's Convention. The partners in Project Wealth are: Shatil, The New Israel Fund’s Initiative for Social Change, from the Negev region, Israel; The Commission for Regional Development and Cross Border Cooperation of the Puglia Region, Italy; CRIA the Center for Innovation at the University of the Algarve, Portugal; Lunaria, and the from Rome.
The convention, taking the form of a field seminar, was hosted by CRIA the Center for Innovation at the University of the Algarve, at its campus in Portugal.
This Convention aimed to present some of the best practices which have been developed in Algarve and have contributed to the local sustainable economic development of the region.
The first day of the convention, May 12th, included a presentation and a visit to the Gambelas Campi of University of Algarve, in order to show the partners the faculties, research centers and companies incubated on campus. Four more days were dedicated to visits of various locations in the Algarve, including: the Rota Vicentina Project, the “Casas Brancas” Rural Tourism Association the Querença Project, the TASA Project, the LAC- Laboratório de Atividades Criativas Cultural Association, the PROVE Project, the “Rota da Cortiça” Project, the Pelcor, Quinta da Fornalha, the Mediterranean Diet Project for UNESCO Classification, etc.
During the Five days, project partners participated in several discussions with local and regional decision makers, local entrepreneurs and representatives of organizations, all working towards developing the local economy for the benefit of its local communities.
In general terms, the Project Wealth Algarve Convention has enabled us to facilitate exchange of knowledge in situ, analyze, and draw common insights regarding the Project's main themes: wellbeing, local food, sustainable tourism and cultural and creative industries, with the objective of developing new strategies to promote local sustainable economic development.
Project Wealth partners convention, was produced by João Ministro - General Director, ProActive Tur
- Responsible Tourism
Case Studies During the Convention:
Challenges to LSED in the Village of Aljazur
Algarve Region, Portugal
During our visit to the Portugal’s Algarve Region, as part of Project Wealth: Promoting Local Sustainable Economic Development, we held a discussion about issues relating to local economic development with representatives of the local municipality, community leaders and local entrepreneurs.
Economic Development Along the Hiking Trail
Over the past two years, following the development of the Rota Vicentina hiking trail, the number of tourists along the southwest beaches of Portugal has doubled. The development of the trail was made possible by a local tourism network called ‘Casas Brancas,’ which has set itself the goal of promoting innovative nature tourism and rural tourism in the area.
Merging Tradition and Innovation - Agriculture in the Algarve Region, Portugal
The traditional agriculture common in Southern Portugal’s Algarve region is very different from the intensive agriculture that is known in The Negev. When we toured the region during the Project Wealth convention, funded by the ENPI CBCMED, it was interesting to see traditional agriculture take on an innovative twist, with farmers making use of the relative advantages available to them and adapting to the demands of the marketplace, yet without relinquishing their local values!