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Focus on coastal culture

  • Portuguese and Norwegian researchers, culture workers and coastal population gathered in Tromsø between 8 and 10 July for a seminar to exchange experience and views on coastal culture. The seminar is part of an EEA Grants supported project that aims to promote coastal culture as a factor of local development.

    The coastlines of both Norway and Portugal are home to both large sections of population and a plethora of natural resources, and the project "Celebrating Coastal Culture" emphasises the importance of coastal culture to the two countries. The Tromsø seminar was hosted by Museum Nord and the University of Tromsø, who have partnered with 6 Portuguese coastal culture organisations to develop the project.

    A ten man strong delegation from the Portuguese project arrived in Tromsø, experiencing the summer of Northern Norway at its best and brightest. In addition to sharing the experiences of the Portuguese project, the guests heard how the coastal population of Northern Norway face challenges related to fisheries and the preservation and development of coastal culture. A visit to Vannøya, a nearby island dominated by the fisheries, provided participants with hands-on experience with the Norwegian approach.

    The project, receiving €0.4 million in support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, will make the coastal cultural heritage of Portugal more easily available to the public through developing a database of cultural heritage objects. The presentation of cultural heritage wasthe focus of the seminar`s third day, when both the Norwegian and Portuguese participants shared their methods of promoting coastal culture.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Celebration of Coastal Culture/Celebração das Comunidades Costeiras.

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Conservation of European cultural heritage


    € 418,821



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Mútua dos Pescadores - Mútua de Seguros CRL

    Type of institution:


    Project website:

    Project duration:

    36 months

    Project cost:

    € 555,244

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    04 June 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to develop a database based on existing inventories and items not yet inventoried, with the overall objective of promoting the coastal culture as a factor of local development. Reference is made to the application, dated 11 October 2006 and subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point dated 07 December 2006 and 22 January 2007.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - coordination and management activities,

    - data collection, inventory and public mediation of data,

    - creation of a network of local inventory makers,

    - evaluation, analysis and characterisation of training and survey results,

    - involvement of local stakeholders and publicity activities, final products and services.

    The Project Promoter is the Mútua dos Pescadores, a non-profit private insurance cooperative. The Project Promoter will implement the Project in cooperation with the following partners: Sines Council Hall; Barcos do Norte; Association for the development of Peniche; Association for Patrimony Defence of Mértola; Shelter Harbor Cooperative Ponta Delgada; the Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Planeamento Regional/ Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Maritime and Regional Museum de Ilhavo; Museo Maritimo of Barcelona; Museum Nord and the University of Tromsø.

    The Sines Council Hall (the Municipality) shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs, and the Project Promoter will provide at least 9,57 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs.