ECOSAL Atlantis Project

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BU researchers are part of the ECOSAL team investigating, recording and enhancing the setting of traditional salt producing sites around the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and the UK.

The research project is primarily concerned with the traditional production of salt, as well as the archaeology & heritage, the ecology and the biodiversity of locations and sites associated with salt production.

One of the main aims of the research is to create a heritage trail entitled, ‘Traditional Saltmaking – Atlantic Route’, in order to tell the story of Atlantic coast salt production through the ages and to interpret and enhance a selection of sites for visitors.

ECOSAL stands for ‘Eco-tourism in saltworks of the Atlantic: a strategy for integral and sustainable development’ and is an INTERREG IVB (Atlantic Area Trans-national Programme) research project.

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Project objectives

The main objective of the ECOSAL Atlantis project is the development of joint, integral and sustainable tourism based on the cultural and natural heritage of traditional Atlantic salt-working sites.

This three-year project focuses on key activities designed to develop tourism in Atlantic salt-working sites: Heritage, Territorial development, Biodiversity and Eco-tourism. These activities respond to the four specific objectives of the project:

  • To establish guidelines for the management of the natural and cultural heritage of salt-working sites on the basis of a common heritage database
  • To evaluate, enhance the value of and promote the traditional Atlantic salt-working sites by means of a network of players implementing joint actions
  • To maintain or restore the habitats typical of salt-working sites in the framework of eco-tourism taking into account the fragility of the resource and the need for sustainability
  • To promote the conservation and understanding of Atlantic salt-working sites by circulating information and creating trans-national synergies.

Read more online about the history of salt making in the UK or the salt making process.


The ECOSAL Atlantis project is international, running in four European countries: Portugal, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

To reach our project in the United Kingdom, email Professor Mark Brisbane or Dr Roger Herbert or contact by post: ECOSAL Atlantis UK Co-ordinator, Bournemouth University, School of Applied Sciences, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB.

To reach the international project, please visit the international ECOSAL Atlantis website.

To sign up for the ECOSAL Atlantis newsletter, please send your name and email address to Professor Brisbane at the above address. If you would like to see back-copies of previous newsletters or would like to read more about what our Continental partners are doing, please visit