LENA Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region

LENA- Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region is connecting nature and people for well-being and prosperity across 7 Danube countries and 11 protected areas. We share know-how and experience for sustainable economic development in protected areas through enhancing:

  • sustainable income generation from wild plants
  • fishing-based livelihoods
  • added value sustainable agriculture
  • regional tourism marketing
  • training Danube tourist guides across borders
  • sharing know-how on e-mobility

Our protected areas, covering more than 375,000 ha and more than 15 Natura 2000 sites, are chosen based on outstanding nature values and untapped potential for sustainable economic use. The project covers approximately half a million people, most of them living in communities with low economic status, struggling with out-migration and ageing population.

We work on creating shared know-how and shaping policies on effective sustainable use approaches for protected areas through developing 4 guidance documents and policy recommendations. Through our work with concrete protected areas, our learning interactions and our policy actions we aim that the multiple benefits of our protected areas are acknowledged, realized and preserved for the future.

Our partners are experts in local economic development, experts in nature protection and green solutions, local authorities and protected area managers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. 

 

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Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region
Start date
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2456290,72
ERDF Contribution: 1919432,33
IPA Contribution: 168414,75
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Bulgaria Lead partner mpopova@wwfdcp.bg Bulgaria
Belene Municipality ERDF partner projectsbelene@gmail.com Bulgaria
Ivanovo Municipality ERDF partner gilarionova@abv.bg Bulgaria
Vukovar-Srijem County ERDF partner kristina@vusz.hr Croatia
WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature Hungary ERDF partner katalin.kecse-nagy@traffic.org Hungary
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Project News

  • LENA - Danube Guides in Gorenjska Region, Slovenia
    - 29-01-2019
    Danube Guides in Gorenjska Region, Slovenia

    Regional development agency Gorenjska – BSC Kranj implemented the last step of the training for the Danube Guides in Gorenjska region, Slovenia, with giving the certificates to the participants. 80 hours of the training, 4 modules in cooperation...

  • LENA - Project partners meet in Budapest to discuss the final steps ahead
    - 18-12-2018
    Project partners meet in Budapest to discuss the final steps ahead

    Photo: Lubomira Kolcheva Budapest, December 2018 – Close to the end of the second year of implementation of the DTP INTERREG-Project LENA "Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region" all project partners met to review...

  • LENA - European Year of Cultural Heritage in Romania
    - 18-12-2018
    European Year of Cultural Heritage in Romania

    Project LENA was present at the Forum "European Year of Cultural Heritage in Romania" through the representatives of the Giurgiu County Council and Comana Natural Park. The forum took place between 28 and 29 November 2018 in...

  • LENA - Ciocănești Danube, the new cyclo-tourism destination in Călărași
    - 11-12-2018
    Ciocănești Danube, the new cyclo-tourism destination in Călărași

    WWF-Romania together with Outhentic Cycling Romania have inaugurated 5 cycling routes around one of the most important natural protected areas in Călărași County: Ciocănești Danube. Ciocănești the Danube is one of Natura 2000 protected...

  • LENA - Project LENA in the Radio and Television of Portugal
    - 03-12-2018
    Project LENA in the Radio and Television of Portugal

    Radio and Television of Portugal has released a video about Comana Nature Park and Giurgiu County Council, our partners in project LENA, on the occasion of the National Centennial Day of Romania, related to the Reconstruction of Comana Lake and...

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