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Association Européenne des Voies Vertes
The European Greenways Association (EGWA) was created in 1998 in Namur (Belgium) with the aim of encouraging the creation and promotion of greenways in Europe. It brings together nearly 50 different organizations from 14 European countries involved in the development of greenways.
• European Greenways Award
Established in 2003, the biennial EuropeanGreenways Award is presented to greenway projects that stand out for their excellence and demonstration of best practice.
• European projects
With the collaboration of many different partners, EGWA has coordinated the Greenways4tour project to promote sustainable tourism through the greenway network. In the framework of the European program Intelligent Energy, EGWA has participated in the Naviki project in order to promote cycling on greenways. With its participation in the Greenways Product project, EGWA promotes the creation of the European greenways tourism product.
EGWA has launched two European projects in the framework of the INTERREG program: REVER AMNO (Aire Métropolitaine Nord-Ouest, 1999- 2001) and REVER MED (Méditerranée Occidentale, 2002-2004), aimed at the creation of a transnational, traffic-free European Greenways Network (REseau Vert EuRopéen, REVER).
• European Greenways Observatory
An essential resource to discover thousands of kilometers of European traffic-free routes. It includes descriptive information about participating greenways, with maps, photos, videos, news and links to the relevant websites. You can search for routes by country, region or type of user in three languages (English, French and Spanish).
Since 2000, EGWA has organized five European greenways conferences. The first one culminated in the Lille Declaration which sets out the greenway concept. At the last conference (Madrid 2010) the Madrid Declaration was launched, updating EGWA’s mission statement.
• Technical workshops and events
EGWA organizes technical workshops and many other events in collaboration with organizations working in areas such as tourism, heritage and health. The association co-operates with other agencies to promote greenways at congresses and international meetings.
• The European Greenways Day
During European Mobility Week, within the framework of th