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DanubEco

Danube Ecotourism (ROBG-164)

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

Who?

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

Beneficiary (B2): Ministry of Tourism(Romania)

Beneficiary (B3):Ministry of Tourism (Bulgaria)

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

When?

Start date: 23.08.2017

End date: 22.08.2019

Duration: 24 months

Where?

Constanta, Romania

Ruse, Bulgaria

How?

  • 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

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 is finalized. The project has a 5 months deadline to provide the final report and further on the Programme bodies shall analyse the document.

Results:

- 26 trainings in the tourism field were organized with 283 participants both Romanian and Bulgarian;

- 2 Fam-trips of tourism journalists in the CBC area during the period 04-06.10.2018 (17 participants) and during the period 14-16.10.2018 (25 participants);

- Study on the identification of legal barriers for the development of essential tourism infrastructures in the RO-BG CBC area and a Study on a cross-border statistics system for sustainable tourism in support of the Danube Sustainable Tourism Observatories;

- 10 touristic products;

- Lower Danube Green Tourism web-portal which provides also information about the project (including the touristic products), at www.danube-ecotourism.com;

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