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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)

Velikovo 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 beneficiaries has purchased all the specific equipment necessary for the project implementation.

The joint study 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, has been elaborated and is available at the project website in RO, BG and EN version. The study contains 6 package holidays covering areas from both Romania and Bulgaria in the field of recreational fishing.

4 consultative meetings were held in Calarasi, Alexandria, Silistra and Veliko Tarnovo with local/regional/national stakeholders involved in development, promotion and implementation of touristic packages FISHNAT.

3 informative meetings were held in Calarasi, Veliko Tarnovo and Alexandria in order to promote FISHNAT touristic packages elaborated within the project.

Also, the contracts for elaboration of informative materials, elaboration and broadcast film" and organization of the FISHNAT festival, were concluded.


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