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“Fishing – a cross border touristic opportunity product and a sustainable use of natural heritage and resources”

What’s the goal?

Project overall objective is to make recreational fishing and derivatives activities promoting cultural tangible and intangible heritages a cross border branded touristic product improving sustainable use of natural heritage and resources and cultural heritages.

What’s the budget?

498,151.73 euro, out of which 423,428.96 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Living Nature Foundation (Romania)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Branch of It’s Possible Association (Romania)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Tourist Fishing Club (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 4 (B4): Association for Cross Border Cooperation and Development Danube Dobrudja (Bulgaria)

When is it happening?

Start date: 15.09.2018

End date: 14.03.2020

Duration: 18 months

Where is it happening?

Teleorman, Calarasi, Giurgiu (Romania)

Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Silistra (Bulgaria)

How is it going to happen?

  • Elaboration of one Study regarding joint recreational fishing touristic destinations
  • Identification and definition of 3 joint recreational fishing touristic packages branded FISHNAT (including logo, complementary cultural programs), based on the study and consultation with the main stakeholders in the area;
  • Development of informative materials on environmental protection and preservation;
  • Elaboration of a Joint marketing strategy for recreational fishing touristic packages and the brand FISHNAT;
  • Organization of workshops for joint entrepreneurship development for native population linked to recreational fishing tourism;
  • Organization of a FISHNAT festival – as a touristic event/product gathering recreational, sport and professional fishing;

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

Programme outputs: 7 integrated tourism products/services created; 1 common strategy, policy or management plan for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses; 156,000 Increase in expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage and attraction

Programme results: 156,000 tourist overnights in the CBC region

Project status

The project is finalized.


- The project website was developed: ;

- 3 touristic packages branded FISHNAT for the following routes: Teleorman - Veliko Tarnovo; Giurgiu – Ruse; Calarasi – Silistra are available on the project website;

- 1 Joint Study for the Romania-Bulgaria region regarding areas for recreational fishing, inventory of fish species, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, accommodation and dining units in the area of interest of the project in Romania and Bulgaria (available on the project website);

- 1 tourism product – The FISHANT festival. The first edition of the festival was held in Calarasi during 20-22th of September 2019. Photos and information are available on the following link: .


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