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Priority 4: Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development

Priority 4: Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development
Specific objectives of this priority include:

  • fostering better knowledge of social challenges in the Atlantic area

    Exchanging best practice on enhancing the health, social inclusion and well-being of coastal populations and developing appropriate and usable marine socio-economic indicators to measure, compare and follow trends in the development of the blue economy;

  • preserving and promoting the Atlantic's cultural heritage

    Combating seasonality and improving prospects for SMEs through diversification of maritime and coastal tourism products and development of niche markets by investing in:

    1. marine sport, marinas and nautical leisure activities;
    2. port services, including those for cruise passengers;
    3. identifying and promoting cultural and natural attractions of the Atlantic seaboard such as artisanal fishing, local cuisine and maritime heritage;

    protecting and restoring tourist attractions, including coastal and underwater cultural attractions and maritime heritage sites, with archaeological, ecological or historical value(*).

*  following as appropriate the principles of the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage;