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RC - Burdin Harana, El Valle del Hierro (The Iron Valley)
Urola Garaia is a region located in the heart of Gipuzkoa, composed of the towns of Legazpi, Zumarraga, Urretxu and Ezkio-Itsaso. As the financial recourses basically came from the industry (siderurgy) the crisis in the branch, occurred toward the end of the 80's affected dramatically the population. Arising from this situation a group integrated by the local administrations, the private sector and particulars brought to life the LENBUR project focused on searching new ways for revitalising the region.
Three major objectives were set up:
· Recovery of the industrial area in order to erect a museum.
· Recovery of a free area (nearly 10 km) as a natural park to combine the patrimonial aspects of culture, industry and nature from the point of view of tourist development.
· Revitalisation of rural areas.
These objectives were carried out through:
A Strategic Policy for the region and specific programs for local coverage; rehabilitation of the city centres; actions in relation to the waste management; didactic material; investigation on history of iron; Workshop school, etc.
A relevant characteristic is the decision in favour of controlling the territorial arrangement policies via subsidiary rules, that should coincide with the previously mentioned policies. The first steps begin within an integral project focused on the economical diversification. The tourist sector has became an objective of the European Community as founds have been granted through the Initiative RESIDER II