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  • Project idea information

    Priority

    Environment and culture responsible Danube region - Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    Club Friends of Public Park Rusenski Lom

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    The management of the Danube river region as a shared natural resources requires enhanced transnational and transboundary cooperation to achieve ecological coherence. Opportunities of the region, such as sustainable tourism, are not fully exploited. The management of protected areas lacks harmonization and legal and administrative barriers persist, in particular in transboundary areas. The awareness of the benefits of natural assets for economy and society is lacking among decision-makers at national, regional and local levels, as well as stakeholders living in or outside of protected areas. The challenge of the future is to exploit the links between conservation and development, by taking into account global, regional and transboundary linkages and by using innovative approaches of cross-sectoral and multi-level governance.

    Objectives
    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    Transnational cooperation for promotion of the Danube protected natural areas as tourist destination
    Development of joint and integrated solutions for sustainable tourism (“green tourism”) in the areas of eco-tourism (sustainable tourist activities in national parks and nature reserves, geo-parks). in attractive way along the Danube River, where nature lovers can discover and enjoy wildlife in their "virgin" form.
    The project aims at enhancing the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of the biological and landscape diversity through the more effective harmonization of the management of the shared natural heritage, habitats and species, as well as the joint preservation and promotion of the natural values of the Danube region in a transnational framework.
    The project is intended to keep the current image of natural places across the Danube and to make sure that the protected areas become places for socialization, relaxation, recreation and education. The project aims to approach actual needs and chall

    Main results and core outputs

    Strengthen joint and integrated approaches to preserve and manage the diversity of natural and cultural heritage and resources in the Danube region as a basis for sustainable development and growth strategies

    Main foreseen activities

    Develop of new tourist product – an atlas of the protected places and biodiversity
    Collection of best practices examples of new innovative tourist products
    Transfer of know-how
    Dissemination activities
    Capacity building to support eco-tourism

    Innovative character of the project idea

    The project promotes a new approach in the management of protected areas and natural assets in the Danube region that takes into account the development opportunities represented by the unique natural heritage of the Region. In particular a new activity that represents a potential very important economic source for the region is promoted through the development of common integrated management measures of protected areas: eco-tourism. Furthermore an innovative atlas of the protected places and biodiversity will be developed for relevant stakeholders (protected areas managers, tourists etc.) that covers the entire Danube Region. The developed comprehensive atlas of the protected areas for the Danube will be a good example of information source at transnational level.
    For the first time a stakeholders platform for the management of protected areas will be created to ensure harmonization of management plans and measures.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    2.700.000

    Estimated duration
    (in months)

    30

  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners

    Club Friends of Public Park Rusenski Lom

    IPA Partners

    n/a

    Associated Strategic Partners

    n/a

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Organizations from the admissible countries actively working in the field of nature protection, eco-tourism, nature parks directorates etc.

    IPA Partners

    Organizations from the admissible countries actively working in the field of nature protection, eco-tourism, nature parks directorates etc.

    Associated Strategic Partners

    Organizations from the admissible countries actively working in the field of nature protection, eco-tourism, nature parks directorates etc.

  • Contact Person

    Name

    Yana Kirilova

    Address

    Sofia

    Country

    Bulgaria

    Telephone number

    E-mail address

    Is the applicant the project's potential Lead Partner?

    If not, is the potential Lead Partner already being chosen?

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