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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 both 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: 19.05.2022

Duration: 35 months and 29 days

Where is it happening?

Vratsa District in Bulgaria

Mehedinti County in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • A strategy for creating and developing a tourist product
  • Creation of a joint integrated innovative tourist product – CB 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;
  • Built-up CB 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.
  • Supply of equipment for digitization and creation of demonstration digital centers and

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

Programme outputs: 1 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorising (including raising awareness) the cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion for sustainable economic uses; 1 integrated tourism products/services created; 15,000 expected number of visits to supported sites of cultural and natural heritage

Programme results: 15,000 tourist overnights in the CBC region.

Project status

The project is under implementation with the following progress reported so far:

LB has started surveying the territory of National Park Vrachanski Balkan in order map the territory of the national parc and later develop the joint integrated innovative tourist product based on 3D technologies. About 10% of the target 25,000 ha has been surveyed so far on behalf of the LB.

B2 hasn’t start yet the mapping activities, but has signed the contract and is ready to start these activities.

The equipment for digitization of Vrachanski Balkan Nature park was received by LB which has started to used it and on behalf of B2 a contract was signed for delivery of the equipment for digitization, waiting to be delivered and to start the survey of the territory at the Iron Gates Natural Park Administration.

The management and communication are proceeding according to the schedule by setting-up the team, organizing the events, establishing project rules, timetables, deadlines, reporting procedures, promotional materials, monitoring indicators and communication for the progress of the project level.


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