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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 “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 finalized.

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 both parks.

LB finalized the digitization of the territory of “Vrachanski Balkan” Natural Park, performing aerial photogrammetric and 8 of sites were selected. The “Visitors Centers Natura” in Vratsa was renovated.

The web platform of the project was developed at

Also, the Strategy and Action plan for digitalization of the heritage in both parks were finalized.

Beneficiary 2:

It was elaborated the Preliminary study for identification of the most attractive pilots sites for digitization in Iron Gates Natural Park and 7 of them were selected.

The beneficiary completed the digitization of the territory of the “Iron Gates” National Park, performing aerial photogrammetric inspections and the repair of the Documentation and Information Center in Dubova.



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