Good practice destination Serras do Socorro e Archeira (PT)

Contributor DiegoNunez
Country Portugal,
  • Destinations-in-Europe
  • Europe
  • Protection of sensitive environments
  • Public participation
  • Site interpretation
Release date 09/02/2015
  • Destination Management
GSTC Criteria for Destinations
  • B3 Supporting local entrepreneurs and fair trade
  • C5 Intellectual property
  • D.2. Protection of sensitive environments
Type Best Practice Destination (Best Practice Destination)
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Good Practice Innovation Sheet
Items Description
1. WHO
Key people and organisations (initiator, leader, partners)  Margarida Frade:

 Área de Paisagem Protegida das Serras do Socorro e Archeira (APPSSA) Torres Vedras, Portugal

Município de Torres Vedras, Avenida 5 de Outubro  2560-270 Torres Vedras, Portugal

 Advisory Council of the protected landscape area with several organizations, enterprises and local associations.

Key Figures Surface Inhabitants Tourism arrivals Tourism nights
 407 (council) – 1.23 km2 APPSSA  79500    136201 (2012)
2. WHY
Reason for taking the good practice action  Local area with natural and cultural values, but without development plan, with a highway through the area.
Issues and challenge  
3. HOW
Methods /steps / tools used (to develop the good practice)

 Actions for innovation:

Create the local protected area – a participatory process.  APPSSA have a Directive Commission and an Advisory Council, that involves local population, enterprises and local associations.

Specific/measurable results, benefits  Create the local protected area – APPSSA, approved by City Council and approved by the Municipal Assembly, published in “Diário da República Portuguesa”;  Create the Interpretative Center of the Local Protected Area APPSSA; Development of an action plan to promote local events and activities.
Recognitions (e.g. awards)  QualityCoast Nature – 2014;
Lessons learned  
Challenges met  
Critical success factors  
6. MORE 
web-references, documents  See the video on Youtube: