Infraestruturas de Portugal National Greenways Plan was created in 2001 with the purpose of requalifying and reusing non-operating railway tracks and paths in some areas of the North, Centre and Alentejo regions.
The implementation of the Plan has been supported by contractual agreements with the municipalities which are crossed by these non-operating railway tracks and paths, with IP Património being responsible for promoting the development of Preliminary Studies of Landscaping Projects that are then used as the basis for the construction project for each Greenway.
This experience went through the adoption and registration of the National and European Brand (ECOPISTAS), as well as the integration of Infraestruturas de Portugal as a member of the European Association of Greenways.
What are Ecopistas*?
*Designation in Portugal for Greenways
Greenways are autonomous communication routes, reserved for non-motorised travel, part of an integrated development framework that values the environment and quality of life, and which provide sufficient width, slope and paving quality to ensure a shared and safe use for all users, regardless of their physical ability.
Consequently, the use of non-operating railway tracks, paths and railways is an important support for the development of the Greenways (Declaration of Lille, for a European Green Network, 12th of September 2000).
Awards and Recognition
- Minho Greenway – Considered 4th Best Greenway in Europe (European Meeting of Greenways, Belgium, 2009)
- Dão Greenway – 3rd Place in the category of Excellence (European Association of Greenway, 2013)