With the January 2017 the project partners in the Danube GeoTour (Valorisation of geo-heritage for sustainable and innovative tourism development of Danube Geoparks) started to implement the project activities.In the project, co-financed by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, partners will face a challenge, recognised by all partners: the sustainable use of the exceptional wealth of Geopark natural resources and heritage through sustainable tourism develoment that avoids the negative environmental impacts. The main project result will be joint Danube GeoTour designed to strengthen cooperation between the regions? Geoparks and act as an innovative tourism product to accelerate visibility and tourist visits in the geoparks. Common strategy for sustainable management of tourism pressures will form the basis for creating innovative geoproducts. Sharing experiences, testing pilot geotourism products and new interpretative approaches should increase local inhabitants’ engagement, Geopark management capacities and lower the quality gap between Danube and other EU Geoparks.
There is 11 partners in the project: Idrija Heritage Centre- Idrija Geopark (SLO), as a leading partner, Balaton-felvidéki National Park Directorate (H), Styrian Eisenwurzen (A), Public institution »Nature Park Papuk« (HR), ARGE Geopark Karavanks (A/SLO), Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (SLO), Bakony & Balaton Regional Tourism Nonprofit Ltd. (H), Bohemian Paradise Geopark non-profit organization (CZ), University of Bucharest (RO), University of Presov (SL), Public Enterprise National Park Djerdap (SRB). Additionally there are 3 associated strategic partners in the project, that will help to ensure the high quality of implemented actions: Humanpolis ltd / Rokua Geopark (F), Naturtejo – Tourism Company (P) and Global Geoparks Network (FR).
The total value of the project, with the duration 30 months (until June 2017) is approx. 1,7 mio EUR.
‘Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA)’.
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