Slide background
Slide background
Slide background


“Creating an innovative and integrated cross-border tourist product between “Vrachanski Balkan” and “Iron Gate” natural parks”

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to promote the joint sustainable and balanced economic development of the territories of “Vrachanski Balkan” and “Iron Gate” natural parks” through diversification of tourism supply and development of tourism based on cultural and natural heritage as a factor for effective use and exploitation of common advantages and potentials and overcoming imbalances in the region.

What’s the budget?

419,379.44 euro, out of which 356,472.52 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Administration of Natural Park “Vrachanski Balkan” (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): N.F.A. Romsilva – Iron Gates Natural Park R.A. (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 21.05.2019

End date: 19.06.2023

Duration: 48 months and 30 days

Where is it happening?

Vratsa District in Bulgaria

Mehedinti County in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Creation of a strategy and developing a tourist product
  • Creation of a joint integrated innovative tourist product – Cross-Border destination for tourism, based on cultural and natural heritage and performed promotion of a common positive image of two natural parks through modern 3D technologies
  • Building up a Cross-Border network, uniting all the interested parties and a developed capacity for joint strategic planning, management and sustainable development of tourism, growth of the tourist visits and the revenues from tourism in the two parks
  • Repairs and preparations of premises for demonstration digital halls

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

Programme outputs: One common strategy, policy or management plans for valorizing (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses; One integrated tourism product/service; 15,000 expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage.

Programme results: 12,000 tourist overnights in the Cross-Border region.

Project status

The project is currently in the 41st month of implementation out of 41 months and 30 days. The implementation period was initially 35 months and 30 days, but was extended with 6 months via Addendum no. 1 from 20.10.2020 and on 08.09.2022 LB requested for another extension of the implementation period with another 8 months, which is currently under verifications by JS officers.

On behalf of Lead Beneficiary:

It was elaborated the Preliminary study for identification of the most attractive pilots sites for digitization in Vrachansk Balkan Natural Park. The study proposed 15 objects for digitization, including nature sites, cultural sites and eco trails in the park.

The Lead Beneficiary finalized the digitization of the territory of Vrachanski Balkan Natural Park, performing aerial photogrammetric.

It was developed the draft of the Marketing strategy for development and implementation of tourism product together with an Action Plan.

Also, it was finalized and published on their websites the Strategy and Action Plan for digitization of the heritage in both parks and the equipment for demonstration digital halls and expositions was delivered by the LP.

On behalf of Beneficiary 2:

It was elaborated the Preliminary study for identification of the most attractive pilots sites for digitization in Iron Gates Natural Park in the middle of June 2021.

Also, until the present moment, the beneficiary purchased the equipment required for digitize the territories of the two parks and the pilot sites of natural and cultural heritage: Lidar system (Light Detection and Ranging), software for its functionality, RPAS system (Remotely-piloted aircraft system), software for its functionality and compatibility with photogrammetry camera. It was received from the company contracted the first report of the photogrammetry and scan of the park territory, which is 50% scanned.

The beneficiary performed and finalized the small repairs in Documentation and Information Center in Dubova for preparation of the premises for demonstration digital hall in 06.12.2019.

Financial Progress of the project:

Considering the amounts certified by FLC, the financial progress at project level is 58.98% from the total budget (247,365.18 euro of 419,379.44 euro).


The content of this website does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Union. The initiators of the site are the sole responsible for the information provided through the site.