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Danube Fishing (ROBG-348)

What’s the goal?

The project aims to improve the sustainable use of natural heritage and resources by developing common tourism products based on amateur fishing. This will be achieved by raising awareness in the cross-border area of the social and economic benefits of tourist fishing tourism and the development and promotion of two new tourist products based on natural resources.

What’s the budget?

EUR 421,888.15 , of which 358,604.92 ERDF

Who is doing it?

Leading Beneficiary (LB) : IDEIM Foundation (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Association for Sustainable Development Slatina (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 04.07.2018

End date: 03.01.2020

Duration: 18 months (extended from initial 15 months)

Where is it happening?

7 counties in Romania

8 districts in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • Develop a common awareness-raising strategy
  • Developing a common marketing strategy
  • Development of an interactive GIS platform "Danube Fishing Routes"
  • Map of the best / most popular fishing spots in the CBC area
  • Organizing the Fishing Festival "Danube Fishing"
  • Organizing awareness campaigns
  • Publishing promotional materials.

Results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Implementation of the program : 2 integrated tourism products / services created, 2 common strategies, policies or management plans for valorisation (including awareness raising) of cultural and natural heritage through its restoration and promotion of sustainable economic use

Program results : 6000 tourist nights in the CBC area.

Project status

The project implementation was finalized in January 2020. The final implementation report is yet to be submitted (deadline for submission in June 2020).

The project was launched with a press conferences held in Ruse and in Slatina. Both partners appointed the staff that will be included in the joint management team;

The Lead beneficiary developed a joint strategy for awareness raising of the social and economic benefits of recreational fishing tourism within the cross-border Bulgarian-Romanian region was developed by the Lead Beneficiary, while Beneficiary 2 was responsible for the development of a Common Marketing Strategy together with the related implementation and financial plan.

The best/most popular fishing and boating spots in the CB area were mapped out by both beneficiaries and are available at the interactive GIS based-platform "Danube fishing routes" https://www.fishmap.online/.

The first edition of the “Angling along the Danube” annual fishing festival was organised on 07-08 September 2019 in Dobrosloveni, Olt and on 21-22 September 2019 in Lipnik, Ruse. More information on the fishing festival can be found on the dedicated website http://www.fishingfestival.eu/

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