This project involved four organizations:
(Poland), project coordinator,
Lokalna akcijska grupa ”Barun Trenk”
ADRIMAG oraz Geopark Arouca
ADRIMAG is a private and non-profit organization for the rural development of the Montemuro, Arada e Gralheira mountains. Created on 27th August of 1991, it has the headquarters located in Arouca, Portugal. Its primary objective is local development and promotion of local resources, taking advantage of the endogenous resources that the area offers such as natural heritage.
ADRIMAG works in four main areas to foster the local development:
- Rural development – management and implementation of UE and national programs (former LEADER, DLBC, NSRF / PROVERE, AGRIS, EQUAL, PITER II)
- Training and education of adults Vocational Training, Recognition of competencies (CNO/ CQEP),
- Business creation and entrepreneurship – CRER Program
- Social Intervention – CLDS (Local Contracts for Social Development)
The organization is oriented for strategic partnerships and institutional cooperation, at national and transnational level. ADRIMAG has public and private partners and an intervention area which combines 7 municipalities, Arouca, S. Pedro do Sul, Castelo de Paiva, Sever do Vouga, Vale de Cambra, Cinfães e Castro Daire, whose compose the board of ADRIMAG. Is integrated in the territory “Magic Mountains”, awarded by the EUROPARC Federation, with the European CHARTER for sustainable tourism in protected and classified areas.The Magic Mountains Territory contains 4 classified spaces under the 2000 Natura Network and a space classified under the European, Global and UNESCO Geoparks Network, the Arouca Geopark.
The Magic Mountains territory, and ADRIMAG itself, are heavily involved in geo – education and geo -tourism, since the territory is known for its geological outstanding value, and we have several teams working on geo-education, working closely with all the political bodies, economic agents, schools and local actors.
Haskolafelag Sudurlands oraz Geopark Katla
Háskólafélag Suðurlands (HfSu) is a company owned by 14 municipalities in South Iceland. It was founded in 2007 with the aim of improving access to education in the area, especially tertiary education, encouraging research activities in the area, and work on regional development projects. The company is a limited holding company and the shareholders are limited to the fourteen municipalities and the regional association of municipalities. HfSu is governed by a board of seven individuals, elected annually at the annual general meeting of shareholders. At the outset it was decided (informally) that the board would not consist of local politicians but of individuals with expertise in education, regionalbdevelopment, research, and innovation. The director is responsible for running the company. There are additionally two permanent project managers and temporary staff is hired for short term projects.
HfSu has formal links with the University of Akureyri and the University of Iceland. Learning centres are provided in selected villages in the area where distance learning courses are delivered to the locals. HfSu has a contract with the Icelandic Ministry of Education. Science and Culture that forms a base for regular funding from the Ministry, currently about 150.000 Euros. Other funding comes from various sources (local/national/Nordic/European) depending on projects. HfSu does not engage in commercial activities.
HfSu has been a key actor in the establishment and running of Katla Geopark that is located in three of the 14 municipalities in the area, The Geopark is a product of a project started in 2008 where the strengths and weaknesses of the area in question were analysed by HfSu. In the analyses three strengths were identified, one of them the geology of the region. Katla Geopark was subsequently founded as a NGO in 2010 and became in 2011 a member of the European and Global Geoparks Network. Ice and Fire are the characteristic elements of the Geopark as it contains several volcanoes located under ice sheets of glaciers. In 2011 and 2013 Háskólafélag Suðurlands ran courses on GeoGuiding aimed at the people living in the Geopark, and in 2014 a follow up course was offered. HfSu was responsible for running Katla Geopark until the start of 2015 when the NGO took over the day to day running of the Geopark but HfSu is still actively supporting it.
LAG Barun Trenk oraz Geopark Papuk
Local action group (LAG) Barun Trenk is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization with 65 members (December 2015) from 6 municipalities (Brestovac, Jakšić, Kaptol, Kutjevo, Požega, Velika) in eastern Croatia, established in January 2012. Members of LAG are legal persons from different sectors, equally represented (public, private, civil), while the Managing board consists of 13 members.
Its foundation goal is to contribute to long-term sustainable local rural development of the area and the improvement of quality of life of local population, mainly by preparing for and using of structural EU funds (particularly funds for rural development). Through cooperation of representatives of all three sectors, LAG works on informing and educating, strengthening of human and financial capacities for the projects’ implementation, networking and creating the synergy between the key stakeholders. LAG Barun Trenk is providing a consultancy service to its members without charging for this service.
LAG Barun Trenk is partly financed by membership fees while all other activities and daily work of LAG staff is financed from national or EU funds (for individual projects). The main financing fund since 2013 was EFARD, measure for implementation of LEADER program (rural development).
Main LAG activities are the organization of local events, development of Local Development Strategy, education and life-long learning, networking, financing smaller projects for assisting local producers research and studies about the local development, and other. LAG Barun Trenk is not directly involved in organization of geo-education of the area. All the inquiries related to provision of geo-education service are being transferred to Nature Park Papuk (LAG member), as the authority of GEOPARK PAPUK. However, LAG recognizes the potential of geo-education and geo-tourism for its development, so it actively works on its promotion.