Green Doors Programme
Topic of the practice
Non motorised travelling and connecting different urban areas; better Access to neighboring natural areas; network of a highly valued natural and cultural itineraries connecting the natural areas to urban settlements.
Good Practice Information
The Green Doors Programme in Andalusia should connect all cities (over 50.000 inhabitants), with natural areas, mainly Periurban parks, through 33.000 km of natural paths traditionally used for cattle herding. This programme seeks to reconvert these paths into green corridors with a double use (ecology and sustainable connectivity). Green Doors was inspired by the Declaration of Lille (2001),
which created a European Green Network for Non Motorised travelling and lead to the REVERMED project, and by the Recovery and Management Plan for Drover Paths in Andalusia.
Financing comes from ERDF funds, on measure 355: Promoting Natural Richness. This GP is transferible as all of Europe has rural roads where it can be implemented: cattle trails, greenways, agricultural and forestry roads, etc.
Evidence of success
This project meets a growing public demand. 374 Km now connects 46 urban settlements in Andalusia with their immediate natural environment. This increases the supply of access to natural areas and the availability to practice outdoor sports. It adds value to environmental connectivity by bringing coherence to the Natura 2000 Network and breaking the isolation of Natural Protected Areas.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Ramón Pardo de Donlebun Quijano
Consejería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente
Annex completed on: 08-09-2012