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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 results so far are the following:

The contract for Workmanship of digital orthophoto maps and three-dimensional models of the Vrachanski Balkan natural park landscape with an unmanned aerial vehicle type "plane" was signed by the Administration of Natural Park "Vrachanski Balkan".

Iron Gates Natural Park Administration carried out the procurement procedure and signed the contract for performing minor reparation on the Information and Documentation Center.

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