ADRAT is the Association of Regional Development of Alto Tâmega's Region, located in Chaves, North Portugal. It is a Local Action Group, managing the Rural Development Programme in Alto Tâmega.
The main associates are the municipalities, cultural, agriculture and forest associations and cooperatives, SME.
Besides the quotes from the associates, the funding is obtained through the programmes and projects ADRAT manages.
Within the programmes we support other entities, both public and private, in their individual investments and actions.
Also implements transnational cooperation projects in the several thematic of interest for regional development.
ADRAT belongs to different European Networks and associations, such as: ERRIN, ERIAFF, European Rural Network, EUROMONTANA, ENTER.
It has as main objective the development of Alto Tâmega region, in all socio-economic-environemntal dimensions.
The cultural valorization and heritage promotion and conservation, as well as promotion of local human capital are also among the objectives of ADRAT.
For that, it works closely not only with the associates and other local and regional organizations, but also gets involved in projects and initiatives or European dimension.
For this purpose we refer some projects implemented in the recent years, with finantial support of European programmes:
• INTERREG IV-C (project B2N www.business2nature.eu),
• POCTEP (projects COOPERA+ http://www.cooperamais.org/index.php/pt and PROMERCADO),
• ATLANTIC (project ECO-INNOVA http://www.ecoinnova.info),
• SUDOE (project TERMARED www.termared.com).
• ERASMUS+: we are currently the lead partner of ERASMUS+ project INCUB TRAINING (www.incubtraining.org).
ADRAt also has experience for more than 10 year, on training and consulting SME.
ADRAT has a large number of contacts with national and European organizations, with whom has been implementing different projects and activities. Also, given the rural nature of our region and its bordering location, we can contribute with our experiences and cultural values as well as with our consolidated knowledge in several aspects related with regional development.
ADRAT consider that cooperation with other entities, national and international, is a key-method to increase the human and technical capacity of the organizations.
The exchange of knowledge and experiences, the study and contacts with good practices from other entities and regions is also quite important to innovate and improve the competences and human conditions all-over Europe and Mediterranean basin.
Participating in such network it will also possible to find complementaries to actions previously implemented or needing improvements.