RDP project database
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.
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.
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
Total project cost (€)
EAFRD contribution (€)
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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
€100 000 - €500 000
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