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
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2456290,72
ERDF Contribution: 1919432,33
IPA Contribution: 168414,75
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


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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 - Slovenia, Gorenjska region: Regional capacity building workshop: harvesting plants as economic activity in the protected areas
    - 03-10-2017

    Within the framework of the implementation of LENA Project Regional development agency Gorenjska, BSC Kranj (partner from Slovenia) organised Regional capacity building workshop: Harvesting plants as economic activity in the protected areas....

  • LENA - Local capacity buliding workshop in Hungary
    - 03-10-2017

    The aim of the workshop was to conduct work with local stakeholders to better understand the current market situation and to identify current needs and challenges of wild plant harvest in the region. After György Pálinkás, the Mayor of...

  • LENA - Vukovar Srijem County: Free education of current and potential breeders of black Slavonian pig
    - 18-09-2017

    Within the framework of the implementation of LENA Project Vukovar Srijem County (partner from Croatia) conducts free education of current and potential breeders of black Slavonian pig from the area of Vukovar Srijem County with the aim of...

    - 24-07-2017

    For the first time in Slovenia, this summer, tourists and locals can explore the beauties of the Bohinj Lake in Triglav National Park on an electric rickshaw. From the beginning of July 2017 visitors can explore the picturesque nature routes in...

  • LENA - Second official LENA meeting in Szombathely, Hungary
    - 10-07-2017

    Szombathely, Hungary – The second official partner meeting of project LENA took place successfully on the 28th and 29th of June, 2017. The meeting was mainly related to the results of the recent works in the frame of the project, as well...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)