The project "Routes of Wolfram in Europe - Memory of Men and Industrial Heritage " was identified by ISCET1 / CIIIC2, as a project of great interest and potential for local communities involved in it, due to the valorization of its resources, thus enhancing local development and the emergence of new tourist dynamics, but also a great value to the academic community, since this project allows the research as well as field work and therefore the possibility of sharing various areas of knowledge, applying them in the territories involved.

This project arose from a challenge of the European Institute of Cultural Routes (IEIC), headquartered in Luxembourg that is the responsible entity for the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe since 1998. The IEIC daily receives proposals for new routes, from all members of the Council of Europe, interested in enhancing their tangible and intangible heritage.

In this context, ADRIMAG, AGA, CMA and ISCET3 developed a proposal - "Routes of Wolfram in Europe - Memory of Men and Industrial Heritage” was duly presented to the IEIC and they have effectively validated it. The research project aims to create a route of wolfram mines that will be extended from Rio de Frades throughout all Europe involving the countries that have wolfram mines. At the first moment, Rio de Frades, Regoufe, Chãs, Moimenta, Vale das Gatas and Borralha were the mines identified. Secondly, another set of mines also became part of the Route: Carris, Ribeira, Argozelo and Panasqueira – pole of Fundão, as a result of a greater involvement of the Associations of Regional Development4. The Route shall go from Portugal to other European regions, in particular for Galicia, France, England, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Czech Republic.

1 ISCET - Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo
2 CIIIC - Centro de Investigação Interdisciplinar e Intervenção Comunitária.
3 Associação de Desenvolvimento Rural Integrado das Serras do Montemuro, Arada e Gralheira, Associação Geoparque Arouca, Câmara Municipal de Arouca, Instituto Superior de Ciências Empresariais e do Turismo.
4 ADRAT – Associação de Desenvolvimento da Região do Alto Tâmega; ATAHCA -Associação de Desenvolvimento das Terras Altas do Homem, Cavado e Ave; Associação Douro Histórico; CORANE - Associação de Desenvolvimento da Raia Nordestina; ADERES - Associação de Desenvolvimento Rural Estrela Sul.

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The main objective of this project is the creation of a European route based on the mines of wolfram that may be used as an innovative tourist offer that represents in space and in time the memory of the history and the heritage of the European people.

  1. Therefore, it will be necessary to work a set of specific objectives:The first specific objective is the profitable use of the resources from the different mining sites in order to give a tourist and cultural use to the mining sites, which will enable local development and job creation. This promotion and network integration will be a great asset to the municipalities with mines of wolfram, since the involvement in this type of project provides a strong national and international reputation;
  2. The aggregation of the referenced mining sites and their counties will help build and enhance the existence of a national route. This will be the second specific objective to be attained;
  3. Subsequently, as the third specific objective, it is intended to transform this mining route into a European route through the integration of the EU mines and / or other mining sites with similar characteristics. This specific objective will guarantee a prominent place in the international tourist scene of the "Routes of Wolfram in Europe – Memory of Men and Industrial Heritage".
  4. In parallel, we intend to enhance the development of tourism in rural areas, with a  viable offer, providing local and regional intervention and revitalization through the creation of essential infrastructures to the tourism industry, as well as the promotion and conservation of traditions of each place;
  5. The fifth specific objective concerns the establishment of a set of national and international partnerships that guarantee the sustainability of the project in all its different valences;
  6. The sixth specific objective aims to promote the establishment of a body of international interdisciplinary skills, integrating national and international researchers coming from different universities and research centers, that are able to boost the project considering its central objective which is the creation of the Route, but at the same time contribute to its stimulation and creation of activities and local and regional dynamics essential to its preservation;
  7. As a seventh specific purpose, it is intended to create, through this project, a strong spirit of cooperation and collaboration among all local, regional and international stakeholders, helping to build a more united Europe.

This set of objectives which support the development of the project shall contribute to achieve the recognition by the Council of Europe, thus getting an Honorable Mention for "Cultural Route of the Council of Europe."

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