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Last year, a research project was launched for the Ria de Arousa in Galicia, (in the north of Spain) which looked at ways of developing local economies and protecting natural and cultural assets in this unique coastal area. The first phase ended last July with a draft report presented to the regional authorities. A small team has now moved in to a temporary office in Ribeira, as the project enters its second phase. For the next five months, the team will map out issues relating to development and environmental protection through research and field work.

A series of workshops and public presentations are to be held over the coming months and the findings of the study will be developed into a set of actions and strategies that centre around urban, architectural, environmental, cultural and economic issues.

Image: View over A Pobra do Caramiñal and the Ria de Arousa by Adrian Capelo