Completed projects


Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Department for International Cooperation, Eurointegration, Tourism and Investments of Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration from Ukraine, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Satu Mare from Romania, Košice Region Tourism from Slovakia, ABA Tourism Association from Hungary
Implementation period October 25, 2019 – October 24, 2021
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian regions in Ukraine, Maramures and Satu-Mare counties in Romania, the Kosice and Prešov Regions in Slovakia, and the regions of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Beregmar in Hungary

These cross-border regions are full of undiscovered heritage along with pristine landscapes and warm-hearted people. Being at top demand of modern cultural visitor, diverse traditional lifestyles and local work cultures of Carpathian peoples at the same time gradually vanish due to technology progress and are undervalued as means of economic regeneration. Regions face ongoing challenges of realizing their cultural potential in tourism, providing decent offerings, securing new markets. Whilst there is local enthusiasm, communities lack creativity, knowledge on how to exploit their heritage potential, travel industry connections. Although, there are many attractions, areas are still relatively unknown as heritage tourism destinations.

Therefore, the Project aims to boost visitation and create new livelihood opportunities in cross-border communities whilst developing and promoting unique tourist experiences built around traditional work cultures and lifestyles as part of Carpathian Living Heritage Destination. To reach this aim, the project partners are going to turn their regions’ local cultural assets into 52 market-ready products, and provide new entrepreneurial opportunities to local population, motivating them to continue traditional practices and cultivating respect for heritage preservation. Partners have identified small-scale family based entities and individuals engaged in traditional agriculture, food making and artisan activities, mostly in remote rural areas, and are going to put their lifestyle stories in a centre of new tourist experiences. In order to approach potential visitors and new market segments, the project is going to create / apply various e-travel vehicles and market penetration techniques. These include an on-line museum of Carpathian traditional work cultures, a virtual guide through Carpathian Living Heritage, and a series of short interpretation videos featuring traditional work cultures and lifestyle stories of people within cross-border Carpathian Living Heritage destination – stories of bakers, shepherds, cheesemakers, craftsman and others. The International festival of Carpathian traditional work cultures in Romania will welcome potential visitors revealing them various quaint work cultures.

Partners will create a platform for the cross-border cooperation of relevant stakeholders and common product package providers in order to share similar view on destination’s preferred future, create new markets for local products and new cross-border entrepreneurial initiatives. Thereby, the project will build sustainable tourism supply chains and support small-scale businesses and individuals operating in traditional sectors to sell local products. Activities in this area involve tourism market study, cross border inbound tour operators workshop / familiarization trip, and training events for packaged service providers. Project partners will compile all relevant practices in the field of local heritage and cultural tourism, create and publish creativity guide for local communities on reinventing traditional cultural heritage.

In order to reinforce the recognition of the newly developed tour packages to be perceived by potential customers as CARPATHIAN LIVING HERITAGE EXPERIENCE, partners have already produced a number of branding attributed, including branded uniform, souvenirs, demonstration stands and a promo teaser. The project will establish cooperation with travel bloggers and cultural enthusiasts / influencers by organizing living heritage exploration expedition. An abundant promotional literature and outdoor advertising will capture potential travellers by the unique stories of simple people – safeguards of traditional Carpathian work cultures thus motivating them for a visit. At the final stage, the partners will organize an International Carpathian Living Heritage Partners Forum as a major project networking event at the cross-border level.

CARPATHIAN FOREST SCHOOLs – a pilot cooperation for nature protection and environmental education

Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners NFA ROMSILVA Administration of Maramures Mountains Nature Park (Romania), Department of regional development and construction of Dolyna district state administration, and Vyhoda Village Council (Ukraine)
Implementation period October 1, 2019 – September 30th, 2021
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine, Maramures county, Romania

Being a part of biodiversity hotspot in Europe, the target transboundary Carpathian mountain areas, Maramures county in Romania and Ivano-Frankivsk oblast in Ukraine, are economically trailing with most of the population dependent on employment from logging sensitive forest resources. Both regions acknowledge their rich biodiversity but suffer from unsustainable forest practices. Nature preservation efforts are viewed as limiting local economic activities. Youth as future nature safeguards do not see perspectives and migrate. There is a need to increase community support for conservation activities, understanding of biodiversity value and sustainable forest economy.

Therefore, the Project overall objective is to support the nature preservation practices in the Carpathian cross-border area by enhancing conservation education in the cross-border communities. The project will pilot cross-border Forest School initiative in the Carpathian region by introducing interactive and outdoor learning components supporting forest biodiversity conservation activities. The environmental awareness of local population and visitors will be raised through communication on the fragility of forest eco-systems and their role in sustainable livelihood activities.

The Project will launch Forest School at Maramures Mountains Nature Park in Romania and extend activities of Vyhoda Forest School in Ukraine as environmental education centres that together will interpret nature, conservation work around, and will promote sustainable forestry &agriculture practices serving long after project end. Project will provide infrastructure, curricula, and other facilities to equip local counterparts with powerful instruments to educate youth who in the nearest future will make thoughtful decisions related to environment with comprehensive understanding how this environment works.

The Project will furnish/equip the schools’ indoor learning classes, supply equipment, and outfits for outdoor educational activities in nature, providing coordination, cohesion and quality assurance for both schools. In particular, the new outdoor forest wildlife education area with the wildlife observation towers, rest places and wooden broadwalks with on-site environment education and interpretation facilities and observation equipment is being created around the Shyrkovets Wetland area in Vygoda village in Ukraine. The Forest school of the Vygoda Narrow Gauge Railway Centre will obtain a new ecological class and an interactive learning facility for youngsters – a wildeness pavilion with reproduction of the natural environment. Whereas the NFA ROMSILVA – Administration of Maramures Mountains Nature Park in Romania will renovate and refurbish its premises in the head office building to become operational for Forest school indoor activities for a wide range of children, including disabled.

The environmental education groups in Ukraine and Romania overlook elaboration of joint Forest School curriculum content and training materials. A number of local level presentations will be organized to familiarize educators in both cross-border regions with the Forest Schools learning opportunities and new curriculum developed. In order to familiarize Romanian partners with the forest school concept and practices in development environmental education tools, project plans to conduct a study visit of Romanian educators and protection institutions to Vygoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Centre and its Forest school in Ukraine.

Through awareness raising campaign/ public events Project will foster understanding/ recognition of relationship between cross border communities and the common environment, promote pro-biodiversity approach allowing taking actions by locals &visitors with due care and responsibility. At the final project phase, a cross border forest tent camp will be organized in Romania for undergraduate teacher students with background in environmental sciences from both countries to raise profile of environmental education for future practitioners, and an international conference event will be held in Ukraine on environmental education practices for biodiversity conservation to reinforce the project multiplication effect and pro- biodiversity partnerships in the programme area.

Strengthened with intense biodiversity raising awareness campaign, innovative infrastructure and established network of dedicated nature protection practitioners, project intends to demonstrate the interlink between the health of forest ecosystems and socio-economic wellbeing that is reflected in local practices and behaviours of residents &visitors.

B2B Creative Women Network: strengthening the capacity of women in the creative industries in Ivano-Frankivsk

Donor Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance (PLEDDG)
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners NGO “Agency for Private Initiatives Development” та the Joint Ukrainian-Canadian Company “SBEDIF-Business Center»
Implementation period November 1,  2018 – December 30,1 2019, October 12, 2020 – December 20, 2020
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region

Creative industries are an area where a woman can discover her potential and be successful both creatively and financially. However, due to the lack of technical capabilities for testing and effective launch of creative products, as well as the lack of specific life experience and management skills, women’s self-realization in the creative fields is limited.

Therefore, the project aimed to promote the implementation of specific business ideas and startups of women in the creative industries in Ivano-Frankivsk. For women, residents of Ivano-Frankivsk, who wanted to start their own business in the creative industries, there were opened up the opportunities to develop professionally, to acquire new skills and to find useful connections, the provided support contributed to the realization of women’s business potential.

The project launched the Accelerator studio, equipping it with the latest equipment and materials for training and work of 10 selected participants. The range of trainings on the business development, as well as the support of female mentors involved to participate in the project, provided the opportunity for the participants to gain specific knowledge and skills for further implementation of their brilliant business ideas.

The Accelerator was supported by the local authorities and the implementing body received co-financing for the event “Creation and support of Accelerator of creative women’s startups” under Objective 2 “Development of Women’s Entrepreneurship” of the Program for Strengthening the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises in Ivano-Frankivsk for 2019-2021 in order to promote the Accelerator and networking of participants, to improve the mentoring and training programme.

The final event of the project – Accelerator StartUp DemoDay ’2019 allowed participants to meet like-minded people, find opportunities to reach potential partners, new markets, new forms of sales. Moreover, each of the participants expressed a desire to further cooperate with the Accelerator and conduct coaching for the future participants of the Accelerator programmes. The Accelerator members continue to share their own resources and talent to strengthen each other’s business endeavors, which can be traced in the active development of joint products. Therefore, the created network will stimulate business activity through increased opportunities for self-realization of women in creative industries, as well through the activities of an active women’s business environment and new partnerships.

In October-December 2020, the project received co-financing of the PLEDDG project. There was purchased additional equipment for the Accelerator studio of creative female startups and provided an opportunity to experiment with product samples creating experimental prototype lines.

In addition, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a unique social platform for online sales of products created by women, which was the visualization result of the future Accelerator set in 2019. The opportunity to support this idea by the PLEDDG project became an invaluable chance to realize the dreams of Accelerator 2019 participants and, at the same time, to quickly support new startups and active businesses. This allowed the Acceleration programme to reach a new technical and organizational level, expand the Accelerator community, and unite business projects of both beginners and their mentors on one Internet platform. The website became the first social platform in Ivano-Frankivsk to promote a women’s craft product with a specific Ivano-Frankivsk identity.

Carpathian Heritage Railways

Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Administration of Maramures Mountains Nature Park (Romania), Vygoda Village Council of Dolyna District, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration (Ukraine)
Implementation period November 2013 – December 2015
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine, Maramures county, Romania

The project was aimed at increasing the tourist attraction of Ivano-Frankivsk region and Maramures County through the creation of new tourist attractions around the natural and cultural heritage and promotion of the cross-border regions on the market.

The most significant output of the project was the establishment of the Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center, a unique interpretation center of local historical and natural heritage. In particular, the project elaborated the heritage centre operational concept, created a conceptual design for the heritage centre exhibition and implementation.

The Center is located in the building of the former residence of Baron von Popper, the founder of Vyhoda narrow gauge railway, reconstructed by the project. The Centre is fully furnished and equipped with audio and visual equipment, interactive stands and exhibitions. There is also a modern cinema hall and local souvenir shop.

An integral part of the exhibition is the unique demonstration film developed within the project and produced in 5 languages for the exhibition cinema hall interpreting the local area, nature and forest eco-systems and narrow gauge history and value.

8 short interpretation videos were made and translated into different languages for demonstration on the touch screens located within the exhibition stands (‘hole’, ‘hollow’, ‘locomotive’ etc.).

Promotional posters were placed on the billboards around the main automobile routes leading to Vyhoda in order to promote the centre for the potential visitors.

The special web site to promote the new heritage centre and the Carpathian heritage railways network has been developed (

Other important results of the project were: explored 2 trails in the Maramures Mountains Nature Park in order to identify the need for the necessary improvements along these routes, provided GPS tracking, the trails adjustment and marking with paint. 32 polls with arrows and 3 informative panels were installed, restoration provided for 2 bridges and 1 resting place near the water spring along the trails. In addition, the solar panels voltaic system was procured and installed in the Paltinu visitor centre along the trail. In total 2 trails of 73 km of lengths were refurbished and rehabilitated.

The market research on the potential markets for Carpathian heritage railways (Vyhoda narrow gauge railway in Ukraine and Mocanita narrow gauge railway in Viseu de Sus of Romania) has been performed.

Partners together prepared and approved the Carpathian heritage railways joint strategy document.

In addition, a number of promotional materials have been produced: 1) joint Carpathian heritage railways promotional leaflets and promotion posters; 2) multilingual tourist booklet for Vyhoda and surrounding area; 3) multilingual tourist booklet for Maramures mountain nature park and surrounding area; 4) multilingual tourist activity maps related to the heritage railway site in Vyhoda and Maramures Mountain Nature Park.

The visual style for the Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center has been developed and various visual and promotional items for the Centre like promotional T-shorts, pens, bags, notebooks, wall calendars, flashes, gift bags and cups produced.

During the project implementation period a number of events have been organized and conducted: 1) 4 steering committee meetings, 2) local training seminar for the heritage centre staff and tourism service providers from Dolyna district of Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine (23 participants), 3) local training seminar for tourism service providers from Viseu de Sus of Maramures county, Romania (15 participants), 4) study trip to Maramures mountain nature park of Romania in order to study the tourism potential of the narrow gauge railway Mocanita in Viseu de Sus (18 participants), 5) joint promotion tour for travel writers and tour operators in order to promote the narrow gauge railway based tourism (16 participants, 9 promotional articles covered 36 A4 pages in quantities over 555 000 copies), 6) Carpathian Heritage Railways Networking meeting (57 participants, Yaremche, Ukraine), where a Memorandum on establishment of the cross-border network of the Carpathian narrow gauge heritage railways was signed and a Resolution demonstrating a common vision towards the conservation of the narrow gauge railways approved.

Establishment of the Environmental Interpretation Stand and Vyhoda Nature School within the Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center

Donor Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation 2014, Embassy of Finland in Ukraine
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Vyhoda Village Council
Implementation period July 2014 – October 2015
Project locations Vyhoda village, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine

Project goal was to raise awareness and provide mechanisms to conserve the historical and natural heritage of Vyhoda area, and to reinforce sustainable logging practices in the Dolyna district of Ivano-Frankivsk Region in Ukraine.

Within the project the study trip of Ukrainian delegation to Finland was held to gain knowledge on activities, tools and instruments to ensure sustainable development for the region and nature education (November 4-9, 2015, 7 participants).

The project work meeting was held from among the representatives of the educational sector of Dolyna district and the project team to elaborate the Vyhoda Nature School curriculum (May 21-23, 2015, 24 participants).

The Environment Interpretation Stand was produced within the project for the Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center dedicated to environment interpretation and its conservation.
The Vyhoda Nature School curriculum was developed including the parts for school students and teachers; educational booklet ‘Educational manual for Vyhoda Narrow Gauge Railway Heritage Center Nature School Students’ was designed and published; the School was equipped with the necessary furniture, research equipment, and educational literature.

The specialized training seminar for the nature science school teachers and nature based tourism operators from Vyhoda and surrounding villages was organized in order to present the educational opportunities of Vyhoda Nature School. The Vyhoda Nature School curriculum was presented within this event and the issues related to the School management were discussed (October 22-23, 2015, 34 participants).

Information about the School, schedule of classes, program guides are available on the web page of the Heritage Centre

Eastern European Pearls: Development and Promotion Transboundary City Cultural Tourism Products

Donor Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2007-2013
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Executive committee of Ivano-Frankivsk city council, Kolomyia city council of Ivano-Frankivsk region, Tourism office of the Lviv city council (Ukraine), Lublin Regional Tourist Organization, Fundacja Academia Obywatelska (Poland)
Implementation period August 2013 – August 2015
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv regions, Ukraine; Podkarpackie and Lubelskie voivodships, Poland

Project goal was to increase the visitor numbers to the six selected cities of Western Ukraine and Eastern Poland – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kolomiya (Ukraine), Lublin, Zamocs and Przeworsk (Poland) – and to increase the duration of their stay in the target cities.

At the initial stage of the project implementation the business attitude survey was conducted in order to identify needs and gaps in the promotion of six target cities as key centers of city cultural tourism (210 representatives of the tourism industry interviewed) and the summary report on the survey prepared.

13 self-guided city cultural tours were developed and recorded in 5 different languages. Audio-excursions have been recorded on the specially procured MP-devices for further use in the target cities (190 devices in total). Tourist maps were developed and published and system of audio visual interpretation signs (in total 294 signs) was installed to help visitors to orient while walking and listening a tour.

The Partners agreed the Strategy of joint action including the description of the best practices where they defined the main vision of the future cooperation.

A number of promotional materials were produced and distributed: joint cities promotion brochure under the title ‘Where dreams became reality… Discover the Pearls of Eastern Europe’, city travel guides, audio tour promotion leaflets and posters.

Project partners have prepared and distributed 30 thematic articles about target cities to encourage readers as potential guests to visit other target cities.

During the project implementation a number of events were organized: 1) Steering Committee and work group meetings; 2) Transfrontier city cultural tourism operators’ forum, where the Memorandum on cooperation in the field of city cultural tourism development was signed (100 participants); 3) Familiarization visit for 12 travel writers to all project target cities (21 promotional articles published in quantities over 600 000 copies); 4) Familiarization visit for 12 international tour operators; 5) Training seminars in all target cities (180 participants in total).

Carpathian Culinary Heritage Network

Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Executive committee of Ivano-Frankivsk city council (Ukraine), Ecologic Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Satu Mare county (Romania), Szamos-bazár Association (Hungary), Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Slovakia), European Culinary Heritage Network (associate partner)
Implementation period April 2012 – January 2014
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region,Ukraine; Maramures and Satu Mare counties, Romania; Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, Hungary; Kosice region, Slovakia

The project launched the Carpathian Culinary Heritage Network including the representatives of locally owned small scale food and tourism related businesses from 4 countries (350 participants in total). Within the Network the logo competition was launched and collected 34 entries from 10 participants. The winning designer has introduced the stylized image of the cooking pot/crock as the network’s logo. The logo was widely promoted throughout the project lifetime and used as network identity sign during the project major events, as identification sign awarded to the certified businesses, in all project publications, videos and network web resource. Now it is known and recognizable sign adding value to the network sustainability in the future.

Research of small scale traditional food and tourism related businesses and organizations was conducted and respective report prepared. 806 responses gathered in the project target regions.
Network quality certification program devoted to the modern standards of food quality in the context of Carpathian Culinary Heritage preservation was developed and approved on the round table meeting.

The Guidelines for local communities explaining the existing regulations, norms and standards and Network’s requirements were developed based on the Network certification provisions document. 55 businesses were certified by the network partners during the project life time (as businesses that have satisfied the requirements for membership in the Carpathian Culinary Heritage Network and as such, became members in good standing and were granted all the rights, privileges and honors pertaining).

Network web resource was developed and launched within the project:

Three regional Carpathian Culinary Heritage festivals were conducted in Kosice region, Slovakia (August 29, 2013), in Nyiregzhaza, Hungary (September 14, 2013), in Satu Mare, Romania (September 7-8, 2013).

The Carpathian Culinary Heritage Network recipes collection was launched and 220 recipes collected. Carpathian culinary heritage network promotional film was developed within the project.
Individual needs of 40 businesses included into the regional culinary tours were identified and satisfied under the ‘Support to local initiatives’ scheme.

4 regional level trainings were organized in the project target locations and the joint networking meeting / training session was held on December 13-14th, 2013 in Yaremche (Ukraine) with participation of 77 people.

The project produced a number of promotional literature such as Carpathian Culinary Heritage Trails Leaflets, Carpathian Culinary Heritage Trails Promotion Brochure, posters and maps.
The familiarization trip for travel writers and tour operators was conducted (15 participants). 8 articles in printed publications (in 583 000 copies) were published in travel magazines and released on the web sites of these magazines.

The information about the Project was mentioned in 364 mass media releases (Internet, printed, audio, and video) during the project life time.

Breaking the Borders: Nature Discovery Trails to Eastern Carpathians

Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013
Role in the project Implementing partner
Partners City youth public organization ‘Center of Social and Business Initiatives’ (principal implementing partner), Carpathian National Nature Park (Ukraine), NFA Romsilva – Administration of Maramures Mountains Nature Park and EcoLogic Association (Romania)
Implementation period June 2012 – May 2014
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine; Maramures county, Romania

The project produced 12 travel products (tour packages) based around the Carpathian nature themes for Ukrainian and Romanian target areas.

A Nature Based Tourism Strategy for the Eastern Carpathians was prepared as a result of four strategic planning meetings. The strategy was adopted by project partners as a future action framework and joint implementation committee was set up to observe the strategy implementation. A new brand of Nature Tourism in Eastern Carpathian was elaborated. Public consultations were held in project target locations in Ukraine and Romania for discussion of the draft of the Nature Based Tourism Strategy for the Eastern Carpathians with total participation of 186 local stakeholders and counterparts.

The project has planned and constructed the numerous nature tourism facilities in the Carpathian national nature park (Ukraine) and Maramures Mountain nature park (Romania): bird watching and mammal watching towers, boardwalks over the wetlands, steps and rails in the mountain areas, information boards and sign posts along the trails etc. This was achieved by developing trails with associated infrastructures appropriate to the landscape and nature resource to be viewed, and through the upgrading of existing infrastructure, provision of maps, guides and interpretation / education boards and materials. The infrastructure upgrading needs, locations and themes were identified alongside the planned trails and infrastructure facilities improved/developed accordingly.

Specifically, on the Ukrainian side 4 hiking trails were explored (total length of 48.9 km) and selected for the project activities on the territory of the Carpathian National Nature Park, direction signs were produced and installed alongside these hiking trails; 20 single sides and 20 double sided information/interpretation/map boards were installed in the settlements of Yaremche city council; 6 picnic sites (a table, two benches and a roof) were installed along nature trails; 2 eco-toilets were built; 102 meters of boardwalk were installed on a wetland location; 150 items of stairs and 402 meters of rails were installed in the steep areas along the routes. 2 bird watching towers and 1 mammal watching tower were built.

On the Romanian side uniform for 14 forest rangers (Maramures Mountains Nature Park) procured. 4 bird and mammal watching towers in Maramures Mountains Nature Park rehabilitated. The total length of planned and researched trails reaches 172 km for the general trail network, and 31 km for a themed trail network in Maramures Mountain Nature Park.

Project conducted a number of extensive promotion initiatives to improve the system of ‘nature tourism’ promotion by such. The Beneficiary and Project Partners produced and disseminated a number of promotional and guidance materials in various languages: Joint Nature Tourism Guide to Eastern Carpathians, activity maps, posters and brand souvenir items. The new nature tourism brand was developed for Eastern Carpathians and applied in the promotional literature, brand souvenir items produced and disseminated within the project.

Familiarization visit for tour operators from Romania and Ukraine to the Eastern Carpathians (10 participants) was conducted in Maramures county and Yaremche region presenting the new nature based tourist opportunities. 43 publications about the project and the holiday opportunities in the area were publicized in local, regional, national and international Internet media and on the partners’ web sites.

The International conference was conducted on April 25-26, 2014 in Yaremche (Ukraine) and new nature based opportunities were presented to the wider audience (in total the conference was attended by 236 participants). The conference theme was ‘Eco- and nature-based tourism: fostering cooperation between nature protection establishments, tourism business and local communities’. This event attracted high amount of attention from the target audiences, mostly representing small local businesses, nature protection areas and local governments.

Project built capacity and establish cooperation initiatives between Romanian and Ukrainian counterparts for the present and future development of nature and culture based tourism within the Central Carpathian.

A close cooperation between the Carpathian National Nature Park and Maramures Mountains Nature Park was deepened; representatives from both institutions and the local counterparts actively participated in the project management structures (coordination boards) and jointly developed the nature tourism strategy for Eastern Carpathians (strategic planning committee). The partners and their local counterparts set up a joint strategy implementation monitoring committee.

Representatives of tourism industry and NGOs have actively participated in project activities in the reporting period, particularly in the meetings of Coordination Board, Strategic Planning Committee and International conference. They have also worked on the nature tourism strategy and content of promotional literature.

The best practices of innovations in regard to nature tourism in Ukraine, Romania and Europe were studied; nature tourism guidelines (manual) was developed and disseminated amongst the local counterparts in order to reveal the nature based tourism opportunities and themes. The manual includes the description of the project best practices including the nature tourism infrastructure planning and development.

Local Development and Preconditions for Border Pass Opening and Motorway Construction Across the Ukrainian-Romanian State Border in Shybene Verkhovyna District Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of Ukraine and Poenile-De-Sub-Munte Maramures County of Romania

Donor Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI CBC Programme 2007-2013
Role in the project Implementing partner
Partners NGO ‘Agency for Private Initiatives Development’ (principal implementing body, Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, Verkhovyna District Council (Ukraine), Ivan Krevan Local Development Association and Poenile de sub Munte Local Council (Romania)
Implementation period April 2012 – June 2014
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine; Maramures county, Romania

Project overall objective was to strengthen the economic capacities and investment attractiveness of border communities in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in Ukraine and Maramureş County in Romania through the promotion of sustainable development, investment opportunities, and infrastructural changes to improve the accessibility of the regions (building a motorway and opening a border pass in the vicinity of Shybene village in Verkhovyna District, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (Ukraine) and the village of Poenile de sub Munte in Maramureş County (Romania).

Planning and design documentation and estimates for road construction (Iltsi-Shybene) and border pass infrastructure were prepared including Environment Impact Assessment of both projects. The economic research of benefits and perspectives of the road construction and border pass opening was performed. The ready documentation was forwarded to the Final Beneficiary for further construction purposes.

The project lobbying campaign resulted in inclusion of the costs for road construction and border pass opening to the Tasks and measures of the State target social programme of sport and tourist infrastructure development in Ukraine in 2011-2022 (in accordance to the changes to the Regulation # 707 from 26.06.2011 approved by Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on 17.10.2013) securing the allocation of 708 mln. UAH to the road and border pass construction from the mentioned state target programme.

Besides, the project performed a number of activities aiming at increasing of economic capacity of local communities. In particular, the Investor Road Map for Ivano-Frankivsk region was prepared and published in various languages. The strategic development planning was performed for the Verkhovyna district (Ukraine) and Ruscova valley (Romania) involving the business attitude survey in both target areas, preparation of community profiles and elaboration of Strategic plan of Economic development of Verkhovyna district and Ruscova valley. The short presentation versions of ‘Development Strategy of Verkhovyna District and Ruscova valley’, ‘Perspective investment projects’, ‘Verkhovyna Community Profile’ and ‘Ruscova valley Community Profile’ were prepared and published in Ukrainian, English, Romanian and Russian languages.

This presentation materials were forwarded to the local communities as an information and promotion tool for investors and potential partners. The special data base of local suppliers of goods, works and services was developed and allocated at, presenting over 300 companies in the production, agriculture and service sectors.

The special promotional brochure ‘Invest In Ivano-Frankivsk region’ was prepared and published in partnership with the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Centre for Investment and Development in order to present the regional investment opportunities and promote the region as place for investment to the potential investors and business partners.

Summer Tent Camp ‘Horytsvit’ 2010

Donor International Renaissance Foundation
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners NGO ‘Socium-Eco-Art’ (Kalush)
Implementation period July – September 2010
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine

The project aim was to overcome the child passiveness and inaction through formation of culture of active, creative and meaningful holidays to teenagers, who grow up in big families with low income or orphan homes and other children who specially felt the influence of economic crises, the comprehensive and cultural education for children during the summer vacations and formation of values of Unified Europe. The main project activity focus on organization of the summer tent camp ‘Horytsvit’ for children and promotion of the outdoor activities.

The camp was attended by 95 children and among of them – 80 participants were privileged categories children. The camp participants in the course of the project were recreated, obtained tourist skills, got known European history, culture, geography and other subjects of natural sciences. The main project results were: 1) camp participants got motivated to initiate the educational, recreational programs and activities; 2) have been prepared for measures implementation to encourage their peers to exercise active healthy recreation; 3) met with their peers, found friends whom brings team and tent camp living experiences.

The project results were published within the manual ‘Summer miracle –‘Horytsvit’, which provides a thematic tent camps model and described the camp experience. The manual was widely disseminated amongst tourist clubs, summer schools and other youth organizations in Ukraine.

Transfrontier Tourism Development and Promotion Network in Ivano-Frankivsk Region of Ukraine and Maramures County of Romania

Donor EU Neighborhood Programme Romania-Ukraine
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Partners Carpathian National Nature Park and Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration (Ukraine), EcoLogic Association (Romania)
Implementation period July 2007 – December 2009
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine; Maramures county, Romania

The project successfully established and opened the Ecotourism Visitor Center in Yaremche region.
The Ecotourism Visitor Centre demonstrates the areas attractiveness and promotes visitor sites in the area by providing a unique ecotourism interpretation facility that translates the local inspiration and environment concepts into a format that attracts interests and inspires visitors. The Visitor Centre and related services are organized around three areas: 1) visitor information services (information point of the first floor of the building) servicing the needs of tourists (information, tourist brokerage services, on-site promotion etc) and promotion of local tourist facilities); 2) visitor interpretation facilities (Interactive Museum Exhibition on the first floor of the building with audio and visual facilities based around local themes (promoting nature, wildlife, people, history and culture). Additionally, the Centre provides the multilingual demonstration film in the cinema hall (on the second floor of the building; 3) retailing area dedicated to the sale of border areas wide merchandising and travel related products (souvenirs, promotional literature, video products etc).

The tourism information was gathered and placed online under

Ukrainian-Romanian resource centre was set up providing information of activities of Romanian counterparts. Project procured informational touch screen kiosks and placed in 8 locations making local travel related information available for travelers on-site. 2 study tours and 2 trainings were conducted.

4 joint Romanian-Ukrainian tours developed and handed over to local trade for further usage and operations. Manual on ecotourism product development was prepared and disseminated between tourist operators on both border sides. Marketing research of potential markets was conducted and business attitude survey performed. Promotion multilingual materials (pocket guides, four tours promotional brochure, border area walking map, leaflets and posters produced and disseminated.

Joint participation in 4 international and national tourist shows provided. 12 international travel writers participated in the familiarization trip conducted to two regions. As a result 7 promotional articles (the total size of 24 full pages) were published in international travel magazines distributed in around 180000 copies. The first international Carpathian ecotourism forum was organized. The preliminary feasibility study for new border pass opening prepared and lobbying campaign conducted.

Transcarpathian Tourism – Network for the Promotion of Tourism in Maramures, Zakarpattia and Ivano-Frankivsk Regions

Donor EU Neighborhood Programme Romania-Ukraine
Role in the project Implementing partner
Partners Leading partner – Maramures County Council (Romania)
Implementation period July 2007 – December 2009
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia regions, Ukraine; Maramures county, Romania

The project goal was to increase the capacity of the local public administration to get involved in the supporting of the tourism sector through actions of its competence, i.e. the promotion through modern methods. The project results: 1) publications of joint promotion materials and films (4 brochures, 3 leaflets, photo album, panoramic tours on DVD, post cards, maps, information boards, 7 demonstration films; 2) web page for transfrontier tourism promotion was developed including the virtual orientation systems, GIS, and all tourist attractions mapping; 3) joint study tours and conferences conducted; 4) training materials for tourist organizations were developed and published. They were disseminated in 3 regions amongst the main tourism sector stakeholders; 5) market research and potential market studies for 3 regions’ tourism conducted; 6) Transcarpathian tourism slogan and brand identities developed; 7) intensive advertising campaign on TV was conducted; 8) representatives of 3 regions jointly participated in the regional and national tourist shows.

Development and Description of Hiking Routes in the Carpathian Mountains

Donor Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration Development Programme
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Implementation period March 2006 – December 2007
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia regions, Ukraine

The main project objective was to design and describe 110 hiking trails in Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia regions of Ukraine. The main results of the project were the guidebook compilation and publication ‘Through the Carpathian mountain trails’ with a set of maps; CD’s including the system of GIS with the descriptions of trails and tourist sites and the accompanying maps.

Ivano-Frankivsk City Guide

Donor Eurasia Foundation
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Implementation period January 2006 – September 2007
Project locations City of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

The main objective of the project was to use new tools of promotion of tourist resources about the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. The main results of the project were the development of GIS digital maps of the city in Ukrainian and English languages including the information about more than 600 tourist sites in the city. In 2007 the system was updated in other foreign languages. In addition, two new tourism products of the city were also created – walking and bus tours in different languages. They were offered to tourists by the tourism companies.

Multimedia Visualization of Geoinformation for Tourists

Donor Eurasia Foundation
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Implementation period 2004 – 2006
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine

The project created a database of tourist attractions and tourist services’ providers with the accompanying maps. The information has been provided in different languages and presented in DVD format. DVDs were distributed among local tour operators, state and local authorities.

Business Consultancy and Training Centre

Donor Europe Aid project ‘Improving SME environment, Ukraine’ ECORYS Nederland BV together with the BIZPRO business-associations coalition programme
Role in the project Implementing partner
Partners NGO ‘Agency for Private Initiatives Development’ (principal implementing body)
Implementation period 2003 – 2005
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine

Within the project 4 new training products were developed – ‘Marketing in tourism sector’, ‘Customer service skills – Golden services’, ‘Restaurant management’, ‘New community based tourism product development’. 4 trainings for local tourism counterparts from Ivano-Frankivsk region were conducted using the voucher scheme attracting more than 50 participants.

Publication of Periodical ‘Tourist Prykarpattia’

Donor Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Implementation period 2003-2007
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine

The analysis of needs and problems of tourist sector in the region, collecting success stories and best practices of tourism development in the region, development of project publications, quarterly design and production of publication.

Tourism Labour Market Research for Ivano-Frankivsk Region

Donor Eurasia Foundation
Role in the project Principal implementing body
Implementation period 2003 – 2004
Project locations Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine

Assessment of the workforce development in the tourism sector, analysis of the quality of staff education and retraining in the tourism sector, preparation and presentation of summary report.

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