Fifth European Greenways Conference
Madrid, 10 to 12 June 2010. The Spanish Railways Foundation (SRF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA) are organizing the Fifth European Greenways Conference, coinciding with the period of the Spanish presidency of the European Union and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Lille declaration.
The aim is the exchange of experiences and good practices, between political and technical agents in charge of European Greenways entailed in its planning, maintenance, management and promotion, as well as related civil associations such as as: cyclists, pedestrian, disable people, and companies interested in its use and operation.
The event will also focus on proposing recommendations to promote and develop a European greenways policy.
The sponsors of this international event are ADIF and Fundación ONCE.
The Conference is oriented to experts, consultants, politicians and technicians involved in the development and promotion of greenways and non motorised itineraries, working in areas such as environment, sustainable mobility and transport, active tourism, universal accessibility, rural development, healthful leisure, regional balance and employment.
Speakers include representatives of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works, the European Commission, United Nations Tourism Organisation, European Parliament, Spanish Railways and international bodies including ENAT.
Interpretation will be provided between English, French and Spanish.
European countries are increasing their interest in developing infrastructures to promote non-motorized commuting and travel between citizens as a clean and healthy form of leisure sustainable tourism in rural areas and creating jobs. In this context, Greenways play a very important role as they are accessible for every people, continuous, secure and very attractive, thus promoting a change of mentality and attitudes on citizens.
The European Greenways Association (EGWA) was created in 1998 with the aim of spreading and promoting greenways in Europe and has developed numerous projects, co-financed by the European Commission and national partners. Currently 32 member organisations from 10 countries support EGWA: national, regional and local institutions, greenway managers and promoters, associations and foundations, public railways companies, etc.
Visit the Conference Website for further information and Registration.
Register before 10 May to take advantage of reduced rates.