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Idanha-a-Nova is the first Portuguese "Bio Region" to integrate the international network of sustainable territories.
The dynamisation of organic farming and the growing supply of ecological products and services are at the root of the most recent distinction.
This network aims to encourage communities in the sustainable management of local resources, promote the cultivation of the organic, contribute to the development of resource conservation, respect for the environment, valuing the various locations and thus the quality of life.
The commitment is clear: in each Bio Region, geographic areas of variable size, farmers, citizens, schools, tour operators, associations and local authorities sign an agreement for the sustainable management of local resources, starting from the biological and agroecological model.
In a Bio Region, the promotion of organic products is linked to the promotion of the territory and its peculiarities, in order to achieve a plan for the development of social and cultural economic potential.
This means that the whole community participates in the implementation of the territorial development strategy. Organic and sustainable production is the starting point, but it follows the link between the productive sector and areas such as education, public administration, tourism and catering, health, well-being and preservation of the landscape.
Projects such as the Rural Incubator, which comprises 55 producers, 90% of them organic, serve as a reference for those who share a strategic vision of sustainability. The same is true of other renowned assets based in Idanha: the Boom Festival, the most sustainable of festivals; the Academy of Environmental Sciences; the 'green' i-Danha Food Lab; or the Documentary Centre Raiano, institution at the service of organic production and natural health.