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Achievements in Spain 2004-2009

The largest share of support went to protection of the environment in Spain, most specifically to address the problem of forest fires. For instance, the areas affected by forest fires in Minas de Riotinto Y Charco Frío were restored to prevent new wildfires, and the Ebro water authorities were able to carry out a comprehensive project to prevent forest fires, to protect the soil against erosion, and secure the water quality in the reservoirs. Measures also included the repair of roads for quick access by firefighters, the establishment of water reservoirs to secure water supply in case of a forest fire, and the establishment of new fire breaks and forest tracks.

The conservation of European cultural heritage was the second largest area, supporting namely the conservation of immovable cultural heritage and improving accessibility. In Segovia, cultural heritage monuments and facilities have been adapted and restored. Specific work has included restoration of the aqueduct, restoration work on the Gates of San Cebrián, San Andrés, and Santiago, work in the Jewish cemetery, including the development of a route to link the Jewish cemetery area with the main tourism areas as well as a route around Segovia’s Jewish quarter, and the establishment of tourist routes and information centres. In the human resources area, the Grants supported education and gender mainstreaming.

A scholarship fund was set up, run by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. This increased the mobility of students and researchers between UCM and selected univer sities in the donor countries and improved the quantity and quality of research activities in mathematics and the fine arts. The fund supported over 200 exchanges.

A gender mainstreamingproject by the Spanish Institue for Women in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Regional and Local Authorities (KS) to create better work and family-life balance was very successful and received much attention in Spain.