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June 19, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

EU 2020: Cultural Heritage & Natural Environment Support Economic Growth

Waterways Forward project partners met in Telemark, Norway from 2-4 June 2011 to hold a transfer visit with a focus on Business Development which features highly in Telemark’s priorities. The visit was shared with partners from the Waterways for Growth project funded by the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.  The Waterways for Growth project explores how inland waterways can best support economic growth, through encouraging business activity and by creating attractive places where people can live and work.  http://www.waterwaysforgrowth.eu/

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Business managers and entrepreneurs from the Region spoke about their strategies and their approach to developing visitor numbers to boost their own attractions and the local economy.  Partners also heard about plans to develop the Telemark Regional Park and visited local businesses associated with the Telemark Canal.

Click to view the full presentation on Telemark Canal Regional Park -by Frida Sviland and Cultural Heritage & the Natural Environment ,  Glenn Millar of British Waterways.

The meeting was timed to coincide with the annual Langesund Shanty Festival. The festival attracted thousands of visitors and was officially opened by Glenn Millar- Economic Development Manager at British Waterways, one of Waterways Forward UK partners. The successful festival demonstrated the value placed on links between coastal and inland waterways and the cultural heritage story that can be told.

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