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ROBG-164  “Danube Ecotourism”

What’s the goal?

To support the development of the administrative capacity of public administration to pursue social and environmental public policy goals by eco-tourism development in the cross-border area.

What’s the budget?

735,766.45 euro, out of which 625,401.46 euro ERDF

Target at the half of the implementation period: 205,000 euro for Lead Beneficiary, 18,078 euro for Beneficiary 2, 5,100 euro for Beneficiary 3 and 109,848 euro for Beneficiary 4.

Who is doing it?

Lead beneficiary (LB): Access For All Association (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): National Authority for Tourism(Romania)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Ministry of Tourism (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 4 (B4): Human Resources Development Agency (Bulgaria)4

When is it happening?

Start date: 23/08/2017

End date: 22/08/2019

Duration: 24 months

Where is it happening?

Constanta, Romania

Pleven, Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Project management;
  • 6 joint cross-border training sessions on sustainable tourism criteria and certification;
  • 6 joint cross-border training session on sustainable tourism destination management Drafting and publishing an dictionary of specific construction terms;
  • 4 joint cross-border training sessions on using eco-tourism handbooks for helping private tourism operators to develop and market their offer;
  • 6 joint cross-border training session on the development of sustainable tourism infrastructure;
  • 4 joint cross-border training sessions on the Danube Sustainable Tourism Observatory (ies) of the World Tourism Organization and on the sustainable tourism indicators system;
  • 2 familiarization-trips of the newly trained Danube officers in the CBC area;
  • Study on the identification of legal barriers for the development of essential tourism infrastructures in the RO-BG CBC area: greenways, piers, observation infrastructure, etc.
  • Lower Danube Green Tourism web-portal;
  • Study on a cross-border statistics system for sustainable tourism in support of the Danube Sustainable Tourism Observatories;
  • Develop 10 cross-border Danube sustainable tourism products
  • Creation of an informal „Natural landscape protection partnership”and cross-border landscape contest;
  • 2 press conferences for presenting the results of the project;
  • Creation of the cross-border ecotourism experts network – Association;
  • Fam-trips of tourism journalists in the CBC area (2)
  • Conference on eco-tourism in the ROBG cross-border area
  • Communication and visibility

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:

- 3 supported cross border mechanisms to enhance cooperation capacity

Programme results:

          - increase in the level of co-ordination of the public institutions in the eligible area

Project status

- The project management teams were established. Regular reporting activities were performed and also regular communication was ensured between the project partners through organized meetings, skype calls, emails and phone calls.

- Procurement procedures were launched and the contracts were signed with the selected subcontractors. The purchased equipment was used during the trainings organized in Romania and Bulgaria.

- All 26 trainings in the tourism field were organized. The target group formed from 150 trainees has been reached and exceeded, summing up to 283 Romanian and Bulgarian participants.

- Preparatory activities are ongoing for the organization of two familiarization-trips of the newly trained Danube officers in the CBC area and one Fam-trips of tourism journalists in the CBC area.

- Study on the identification of legal barriers for the development of essential tourism infrastructures in the RO-BG CBC area is currently under elaboration.

- Study on a cross-border statistics system for sustainable tourism in support of the Danube Sustainable Tourism Observatories is currently under elaboration.

- Lower Danube Green Tourism web-portal which provides also information about the project, was created www.danube-ecotourism.com.

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