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What has the Fronteira Esquecida project achieved so far?

Fronteira Esquecida continues with its mission to protect, value, conserve and develop the cultural and natural heritage as the economic base of the cross-border region. For several months now, we have been carrying out different activities to develop and promote the tourist potential of the natural areas around the cross-border territory of the Limia-Lima River. But what have we achieved so far? Recap with us all our activities.

Xurés Bike Tour MTB Race

On June 18, 19 and 20, as part of the project activities, the “Xurés Bike Tour – Fronteira Esquecida Limia-Lima” was held, a cross-border mountain bike race with a competitive nature that was attended by more than 200 riders from all the nearby Spanish and Portuguese regions, as well as from areas such as Navarra and the Basque Country, attracted by the charms of the Serra do Xurés and the attractions of an undiscovered area.

 

Day of New Opportunities for Rural Territories

In this online conference with more than a hundred participants, the keys to take advantage of the potential of rural territories were analyzed. Several speakers presented the challenges and problems faced by natural areas and explained their own experiences in generating employment and wealth.

Improvements to the Limia river Ecovia

The Limia River Ecovia, which links the municipalities of Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima – Arcos de Valdevez, on the right bank of the Limia River, and the municipalities of Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima – Ponte da Barca, on the left bank, was designed with pedestrians and cyclists in mind, although, with rare exceptions, it can be crossed perfectly well on horseback. At the end of last year, the Municipality of Ponte de Lima began work on the maintenance of the ecovia platforms on the previously selected stretches. Thus, out of a total of 7125 m planned, 850 m have already been completed, where the platform has been regularised by filling and levelling with “toutvenant”.

Publication of studies

Fronteira Esquecida has carried out studies on biodiversity in the Limia-Lima river basin, publishing the results in deliverables that are available in the project’s web library. The three studies it has disseminated so far have focused on the populations of odonates, Iberian desman and salmonids and cyprinids.

Map of the Natural Park Baixa Limia – Serra do Xurés

The map shows the different routes and was elaborated by the Dirección Xeral de Patrimonio Natural, in the frame of the project Fronteira Esquecida. The Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurés Natural Park was declared in 1993 and, with its almost 30,000 hectares, is the largest of the six Galician natural parks. In addition, together with the neighboring Peneda-Gerês National Park, it forms the core of the Gerês-Xurés Transboundary Biosphere Reserve. It has an average altitude of over 1000 m.

Coming soon…

Fronteira Esquecida is also creating an inventory of resources, which will be available in the coming months. The catalog will comprise a series of 20 pills or microvideos for each of the municipalities/chambers in the project, as well as a 5-minute summary video. Additionally, a tourist route and a photographic book will be designed with the best of the resources.

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