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Environmental and Rural Education and Awareness Centre (CESAR)


A local municipality project that has combined the restoration of a traditional building with the creation of modern environmental education centre and raised awareness of the environment and sustainable development amongst the local rural population



During the last decade, the municipality of Paredes has given great importance to environmental issues, in particular to raising awareness amongst local youngsters of the importance of environmental protection. A variety of information and awareness-raising materials have been produced, such as leaflets, billboards, posters and CD-ROMs, but the need was also identified for a higher profile action specifically linked to the local environment.


The project aims to convert an old traditional building into a modern environmental education centre with the specific objectives of: 1) creating a public space for exhibitions, workshops and various cultural activities; 2) promoting environmental knowledge; 3) promoting cultural actions that add value to environment protection actions; 4) animating the local school and community, and; 5) providing environmental information services.

Main activities

Co-financing from EAFRD Measure 321 (Basic services for the economy and rural population) has supported the restoration and revitalisation of a unique and traditional building in the municipality into the 'Centro de Educação e Sensibilização Ambiental e Rural' (CESAR). The project funding has focused upon adaptation of the building to its new function with the creation of facilities for exhibition, reception of visitors, meetings etc.

Results & Benefits

The project has: a) increased the number of young people that are aware of and active regarding local environmental issues; b) contributed to improving the quality of the municipality's built environment; c) halted the degradation of the rural heritage of the municipality; d) increased the municipality’s visibility, and; e) increasing the local population’s awareness of the importance of their local heritage.

Lessons learnt

Environmental and cultural heritage issues are closely related and can inspire community action, including the engagement of young people.

Project location and other information

Paredes, North Portugal



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

103 244

EAFRD contribution (€)

52 654

National contribution (€)

9 292

Private contribution (€)

41 297

Project website

Contact name

Raquel Moreira da Silva


+351 255 788 800, +351 968 429 395

Languages for contact


Original Language version

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Public/local authorities, Other

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

Start date:


End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Improving quality of life in rural areas
• 321. Basic services for the economy and rural population


Rural heritage, Education, Environmental education

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