RENATUR Interreg Europe visits the site of ecosystem restoration at Tonpoi, near the Basque seaport of Bermeo
Under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Education, delegates from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Ministries of the Environment of Germany, Poland and Belgium have gained a first-hand understanding of the work involved in restoring the coastal area of Tonpoi for its public use.
The work involved in the recovery of the Tonpoi natural space is about to be completed after a project lasting more than two years. It has also drawn the attention of the RENATUR Interreg Europe project, with a delegation recently visiting Bermeo to see for themselves the improvement in the coastal area.
Under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Education, the delegation has involved representatives of the University of the Basque Country and the Ministries of the Environment of Germany, Poland and Belgium, who had already been informed about the work carried out following several briefing sessions with the Bermeo Local Authority.
During the visit, the European delegates have seen at first-hand the final outcome of the restoration of this space that covers a three-kilometre coastal strip of significant environmental value. It belongs to Spain's Natura 2000 Network and is a designated core area in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.
The aim of this project, framed within the action ‘C.4.2: Key green infrastructure for improving urban-rural connection and the resilience of the territory in Urban Klima 2050, is the full restoration of this area from both an environmental and social perspective through the creation of a green periurban infrastructure for public use, based on sustainable criteria and adapted to climate change.
The outcome of this project is a public park in Tonpoi, with its areas protected against the global warming caused by climate change.