Danube GeoTour Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks

The 8 participating Geoparks are rich in geo-heritage and represent unique areas in the Danube region. Their sustainable tourism development however lags behind quality standards of top European Geoparks. This project faces a challenge recognized by all partners: the sustainable use of the exceptional wealth of Geopark natural resources and heritage through sustainable tourism development that avoids the negative environmental impacts. The main project result will be joint Danube GeoTour designed to strengthen cooperation between the regions’ Geoparks and act as an innovative tourism product to accelerate visibility and tourist visits in the geoparks. Common strategy for sustainable management of tourism pressures will form the basis for creating innovative geoproducts. Sharing experiences, testing pilot geotourism products and new interpretative approaches should increase local inhabitants’ engagement, Geopark management capacities and lower the quality gap between Danube and other European Geoparks.

Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1666362,5
ERDF Contribution: 1328063,36
IPA Contribution: 88344,75
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Idrija Heritage Centre Lead partner mojca.gorjup-kavcic@geopark-idrija.si Slovenia
Balaton-felvidéki National Park Directorate ERDF partner knauer@geopark.hu Hungary
Styrian Eisenwurzen ERDF partner oliver.gulas@eisenwurzen.com Austria
Public Institution "Nature Park Papuk" ERDF partner goran_pavic@yahoo.com Croatia
ARGE Geopark Karavanks ERDF partner gerald.hartmann@geopark-karawanken.at Austria
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Project News

  • Danube GeoTour - Development of Innovative Geo-Products in Idrija's UNESCO Global Geopark (Slovenia)
    - 14-12-2017

    The Lead Partner UNESCO Global Geopark Idrija aims to lay foundations for the development of a collective trademark as part of the Danube GeoTour project. This means designing pilot geoproducts and developing them with our suppliers. In October...

  • Danube GeoTour - Lead Partner Idrija Unesco Global Geopark: Activities within Work Packages 4 and 5
    - 18-10-2017

    On 10 October 2017, members of the working group took a field trip to the Dolenjsko region as part of their preparations for a pilot geoproduct. The participants looked at the best practice example - the development and marketing of the...

  • Danube GeoTour - Successful 2nd SCOM meeting in Austria 20th - 23rd September 2017
    - 26-09-2017

    Project meeting in Wildalpen, Austria from 20th – 23rd September 2017 Last week the second get-together of the project partners took place in Austria. The UNESCO Global Geoparks Karawanken-Karavanke and Styrian Eisenwurzen had the chance to...

  • Danube GeoTour - Project partner meeting in Austria 20th - 23rd September 2017
    - 16-09-2017

    The second project partner meeting of the Danube GeoTour is taking place form 20th - 23rd September 2017 in Austria. The first day is going to be in the UNESCO Global Geopark Karavanke-Karawanken in Carintihia. (www.geopark-karawanken.at) The...

  • Danube GeoTour - IRSNC presented first results of WP3 at the European Geopark Conference in Azores
    - 11-09-2017

            Last week Martina Stupar from our project partner The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation presented our project with the focus on "How to manage recreation activities and preserve geoheritage in geoparks" at...

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