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Networking for sustainable use of natural heritage and resources in the cross-border region

What’s the goal?                                              

Strengthen the sustainable use of natural heritage and promotion of a complex tourist services in the tourist branch in the cross-border region.

What’s the budget?

601,996.28 euro, out of which 511,696.84 ERDF


Lead beneficiary (LB): “Regional Development Agency and Business Center 2000” (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary (B2): Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation (ARoTT) (Romania)

Beneficiary (B3): Agency for Regional Development and Business Center – Vidin (ARDBC Vidin) (Bulgaria)


Start date: 26.06.2017     

End date: 26.06.2019

Duration: 24 months


Montana,Vidin,Montana, Vidin,Vratsa and Pleven Districts, Bulgaria

Craiova, Dolj County, Olt County and Mehedinti County, Romania


  • Development of Surveys “Natural heritage”, conducted in 7 districts – 4 in Bulgaria /Montana, Vidin, Vratsa, Pleven/ and 3 in Romania /Dolj, Olt, Mehedinti/;
  • Development of application for mobile devices to present tourist /natural/ sites and destinations in the regions of Montana, Vidin, Vratza, and Pleven in Bulgaria and Dolj, Olt, and Mehedinti in Romania through GPS navigation, including content management system;
  • Development of Tourism promotion package (tourist routs and packages, promotional album, Guide-book and map, development and multiplying of digital presentation);
  • Info boards - production, installation and rent of space;
  • Trainings “With responsible attitude to the environment”;
  • Demo Tours;
  • Organization of two exhibitions for sustainable use of resources of natural heritage;
  • Information and publicity - 9 press conferences–to promote the project launch, tourist exhibitions, the achieved results of the project; development of advertising radio spots; promotional materials: brochures for project presentation and achieved project results; banners for the each project Beneficiary; note pads; branded pens, folders, advertising paper bags, backpacks, thermoses, water bottles, T-shirts and hats;

Results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs:

- 5% increase the expected number of visits – 100 visits targeted 2018 and 500 targeted 2023

- 2integrated tourism products/services: application for mobile devices /smart phones and tablets/ and Tourism promotion package up to 2018;

Programme results: 1067 tourists overnights in the CBC region.

Project status:

The project is finalized.


ü  2 Surveys “Natural heritage” conducted in 7 districts/counties (4 in Bulgaria -Montana, Vidin, Vratsa, Pleven and 3 in Romania - Dolj, Olt, Mehedinti) in order to identify the natural objectives in the project area

ü  1 mobile app: NATURE IN HAND available in AppStore and Google Play

ü  61 info boards installed in Montana-Vidin-Vratsa-Pleven-Dolj-Olt-Mehedinti

ü  2 Demo Tours (during the demo tours, natural sites from Montana, Vidin, Vratsa, Pleven Dolj, Olt, Mehedinti were visited)

ü  Tourism promotion package (tourist routs and packages, promotional album, Guide-book and map, development and multiplying of digital presentation)


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