The ATLANTERRA project brings together former mining regions who wish to preserve and promote their patrimony in order to create new sources of wealth.

By gathering 10 partners from 5 countries in the « Espace atlantique », it will allow the creation of a network and the practical tools required for the development of mining-heritage sites in the ”Espace atlantique”.

Foremost it contributes to objective 4.3 of the operational programme of the “Espace Atlantique” : the « preservation and promotion of atlantic transnational cultural patrimony ».

Mining, and its associated industries, are historically very important for the economic, social and cultural development of the “Espace Atlantique”. The waterways and sea-routes were widely used to transport the ore and thus a strong bond developed between the inland and coastal regions of the Atlantic.

Thanks to know-how sharing, the project will allow the creation of new preservation tools and the promotion of mining patrimony: the guide to good practice for becoming a mining hertitage site, adventure tracks, geoparks, digital mining archives, artistic creation, publications, a European symposium, a shared internet portal, exhibitions, maps of mining patrimony.

The project will last for 3 years from January 2010 to December 2012 and will have a total budget of € 2425724.

ATLANTERRA, fuelled by the GREEN MINES project experience (co-financed by the INTERREG IIIB “Espace atlantique” program), aims for the preservation, the promotion and the transnational structuring of the mining patrimony in the “Espace Atlantique”.

The former mining regions gathered are determined to preserve and promote the patrimony they have in common, in order to create new resources.

This project allows them to establish a shared practice for the management and organisation of activities related to their mining legacy in the “Espace atlantique” and to help them solve any problem that they might encounter.