Implementation of the project “Breaking the Borders: Nature Discovery Trails to Eastern Carpathians”

In June 2012 Center for Social and Business Initiatives started the implementation of the project “Breaking the Borders: Nature Discovery Trails to Eastern Carpathians” which is co-financed by the European Union within the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine Program ENPI CBC Programe. Project duriation is 20 months.

The action covers Ivano-Frankivsk region in Ukraine and Maramures country of Romania. The project partners from the Ukrainian side are: Carpathian National Nature Park and Tourist Association of Ivano-Frankivsk Region and Ecologiс Association and Maramures Mountain Nature Park from Romania.

The overall project objective is to develop and promote transfrontier nature tourism on the protected areas of nature parks located in Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine and Maramures county of Romania.

The key project objectives are as follows:

Development of the nature tourism strategy for for Eastern Carpathians.
Improvement of the infrastructure quality and the range of nature tourism products.
Promotion and information distribution about nature tourism opportunities.
Development of new nature tourism projects within two parks.

Among the main activities of the project – establishment of infrastructure elements along nature trails on the territories of two parks and the development of the related tourist products. This will improve the walking tours for many groups of parks’ visitors, elevate their orientation, explain the basics of nature assets and protect sensitive preserved areas.

It also foreseen the establishment of such infrastructure objects as bird and animals watching towers that will enhance these nature products.

Within the task of nature tourism promotion it is anticipated to provide and distribute various promotional materials, including in the Internet, organize study visits of tour operators.

Other project activities include partners’ collaboration in order to develop a separate strategy of nature tourism within two parks (a series of international meetings, seminars, as well as major international conference on the subject of the project are planned).

The main project result should be positioning among potential visitors of the Eastern Carpathians as a world-class ecotourism destination.

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