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Case region: Portugal

Preserving Aveiro lagoon coastal and maritime traditions

This Ria de Aveiro lagoon, is one of the largest coastal wetlands in Portugal. It is an area of extreme biological significance, integrated in the Natura 2000 network; and also classified as a Special Protect Area (SPA) under Directive birds (79/409/CEE) and as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) under Directive habitats (42/92/CEE). The Ria de Aveiro is characterized by a network of canals connecting urban and rural areas and offering a rare landscape where many traditional activities play an important role, such as fishing, artisanal salt production, seaweed harvesting, shellfish farming, aquaculture, agriculture. More recently, new economic opportunities emerged, mostly related to tourism activities. Despite the renewed interest in traditional activities, some of the intangible coastal and maritime cultural heritage (CMCH) is at risk. There is a need to balance cultural heritage with contemporary society needs (specially related to tourism), uncovering CMCH as a means for place-making and tourism.

Demos

P.1 Integrating CH into maritime spatial planning in the Aveiro region: Preserving Aveiro lagoon traditions 

P.2 Integrating CH into coastal tourism: The lagoon traditional boats (“moliceiros”) from transport to tourism   

P.3 Salt CH – from mono to multifunctional anthropogenic landscape 

P.4 ​Culinary route in the Aveiro lagoon region: Understanding, preserving and exploring fish food CH through gastro-tourism ​

What we do

We will implement research and innovation actions geared towards: (a) recording and understanding the region’s coastal and maritime cultural heritage (CMCH), (b) engaging local stakeholders and coastal communities to participation actively in the management of CMCH, and (c) develop capacity building for tourist operator. By providing a deeper understanding of the region’s CMCH, we intended to analyze how opportunities supported in CMCH-tourism and gastronomy tourism can promote traditional activities adapted to current demand.

Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago
Universidade de Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago

Our team

Cristina Pita

WP7 LEAD, Responsible researcher in UAVR. Expertise in coastal and marine recreation activities, fisheries, cultural ES.

Ana Lillebo

Researcher. Coordinator of CESAM. Expertise in ecology, biodiversity and coastal ES.

Carlos Costa

Researcher. Head of DEGEIT and of the Tourism Research Group in GOVCOPP. Expertise in tourism and planning.

Helena Albuquerque

Researcher. Expertise in tourism development and planning.

Margarida Silva

Research fellow. Expertise in tourism development and planning.

Filomena Martins

Researcher. Expertise in coastal and marine planning, governance and nature heritage knlowledge.

Lisa P. Sousa

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Aveiro & CESAM. Expertise in integrated coastal management, maritime spatial planning, ecosystem services.

Rosa Pinho

Researcher. Herbarium Curator. Expertise in Natural Heritage and Environmental Education

Contact us

CESAM

Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago

3810-193 Aveiro

e-mail: c.pita@ua.pt

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