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. 


Any publications on this website reflect only the author's views and the DTP Managing authority/Joint Secretariat is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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 - Tourists and commuters drive the e-bike boom Exchange about e-bikes on regional conference
    - 12-12-2017
    Tourists and commuters drive the e-bike boom Exchange about e-bikes on regional conference

    Tuttlingen. Whether for tourism in the Danube valley or for the local bike sellers – the trend towards e-bikes has positive effects on economy in our region. This is one of the outcomes of the regional conference “e-bikes and nature tourism”. The...

  • LENA - Regional conference „e-bikes and nature tourism” in Tuttlingen
    - 13-11-2017

    Within no time e-mobility has become one of the biggest trends nowadays. Within the role model “mobility” also the twelve municipalities as members of the Landscape Park Young Danube set out to work on the improvement of the infrastructure of...

  • LENA - Common Points and Future Collaboration between DTP's Landscape and Biodiversity Projects
    - 25-10-2017

    On 18th and 19th October, 2017 LENA Project was presented during the 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube region (EUSDR).  The forum took place in Budapest and was jointly organized by Hungary – holding the current Presidency of the...

  • 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...

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