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On Monday 30 October a ceremony at the Hostal dos Reis Católicos in Santiago de Compostela marked the official launch of the Fundación RIA, attended by the President of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo.

The foundation, which developed out of a research project initiated by David Chipperfield in 2016, aims to support holistic development in the area along the north coast of the Ria Arousa.

Based in Ribeira, the foundation establishes an independent base of study and consultation and will carry out in-depth research to further develop recommendations for the sustainable development of the area, while protecting its natural environment and unique way of life.

In his speech, David Chipperfield explained that ‘[the Foundation’s] mission is to align the economic and practical needs of the area with concerns of protection of the natural and built environment, and in turn to secure the sustainability of the region and maintain the quality of life that it provides.’

Image by Rubén Ulloa