3-year project worth £442,000 to Cornwall
SOUTH WEST: A successful three-year trans-national project aimed at promoting the Cornish marine leisure sector has so far been worth £442,000 to the county, writes Katina Read.
The EU project, Nautisme Espace Atlantique, led by the County Council, has brought together 23 European partners from eight Atlantic facing regions, working towards sharing best practice, supporting innovation and marketing the marine leisure sector to the world.
The project has included the hosting of Cornwall’s first ever International Marine Conference in Falmouth, creating marketing campaigns to promote the sector, enabling Cornish youngsters to enjoy watersports through its social inclusion programmes, and creating marine environmental standards.
"The prolific success of this project has created both a legacy and a positive catalyst for the future,” said Cornwall Marine Network’s CEO Paul Wickes.
Cornwall’s maritime sector is estimated to be worth £295m in turnover, employing 3,800 people and providing an average of 270,000 supervised watersports lessons per year.
The NEA2 project is part-financed by the European Development Fund from the Interreg IVb Transnational Cooperation Atlantic Area Fund, Cornwall Council, CoaST and CMN.
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