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CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT

Since the guidelines of the Món-3 Walata Development Project were first laid down, some very important steps have already been taken with a view to the future introduction of tourism in the city and the improvement of the standard of living of the inhabitants.

Taking the aspect of agricultural production, one important point is that with continued support from the local technical official and the creation of a farming cooperative it has been possible to increase yields in this economic activity by improving existing crops and keeping them for self-subsistence and for the local market.

As regards Walata's cultural wealth, a great effort has been made to preserve its scholarly and immaterial heritage, which are almost as important as its houses and its arts and crafts. Furthermore, a large part of the architectural heritage in the historic centre has been restored and an interesting Ethnographic Museum has been set up in the city.

The Món-3 project also includes various improvements and repairs to the urban infrastructures such as drains and the city's health centre, construction of a tourist information office and the establishment of a camping site on Walata's farm belt,managed by the Baraka Cooperative..

With a view to favouring the arrival of travellers in Walata, awareness campaigns have been held for the local population, guides have been trained and possible local tours have been established. Motivating possible visitors has also of course been thought of and with this in mind a range of promotional material has been prepared to publicise the attractions of Walata as a destination on the Ecological and Cultural Tourist circuits.

In our country, Món-3, in collaboration with other organisations, has organised an exhibition with the name 'Walata' which has travelled all over Spain. It has also produced the DVD Walata. La Perla Roja de los Maravillosos Arabescos, available in various languages: Spanish, Catalan, French, English and German.