Vilamaniscle, a little village in the area of Alt Empordà (between the Natural Parks of Albera and Cap de Creus), very close to the French border, has been selected by the Department of Government and Public Administration of the Government of Catalonia, within the programme “Viure al Poble” (Living in the village).
This programme is directed to villages of less than 2,000 inhabitants that require special attention and have presented projects to promote the implementation of new economic activity and entrepreneurial initiatives addressed to the dynamisation and development of the rural areas.
In the draft of the project “Vilamaniscle territory and identity. Socioeconomic dynamisation programme based on human activity and the preservation of the territory” DCB Tourism and Local Development has participated actively.
The main objective of the project is to promote local development permitting new economic activities which benefit local residents, stop the process of demographic regression and create job opportunities, improving the quality of life of inhabitants.
Some of the specific objectives are the rehabilitation of historical heritage, the interpretation of rural landscapes, to support the incorporation of abandoned agricultural spaces, to provide interpretation centres that can generate educational activities and tourism based on the nature, to promote the creation of new jobs and companies, to seek external resources that allow the deployment of projects and other.
The project has been supported with 682,337 euros corresponding to a 55% of the total budget and has a term of execution until 2013.