Scottish, Canadian and Scandinavian members of the North Atlantic Peripheral Partnership Programme visited Londonderry this week aiming to boost rural tourism links.
Delegates visited the city for a preparatory meeting for the development of the Slow Adventure in Northern Territories Project (SAINT) programme.
Derry City Council is a lead partner in the project which is anticipated to lever in £200,000 for projects in the Derry City Council area and the North Atlantic partners delegation visited the city as part of a two phase transatlantic exchange.
Mary Blake, Derry City Council, Tourism Officer said that the project proposal supports Rural Tourism Development in the region, and links with current projects such as the recent 3 year ARC NW funded Rural Tourism Programme.
“The project proposal which is being supported by the NPP and the EU European Regional Development Fund is a three year programme anticipated to involve seven or eight countries in Northern Europe, plus Canada.
“The project will involve a transatlantic sharing of skills, and will draw on the regions natural resources and rich cultures through slow tourism journeys travelling through wild places and natural spaces.
“Key themes for development include Foraging, Wildlife, Plant Ecology and Landscape,” she said.