Thematic webinar PGI06218 RAMSAT – promoting NATBIOT project

On 22.10.2020 was held Thematic webinar “Use of natural heritage ecotourism” in the framework of Project PGI06218, RAMSAT, ” Revitalizing Remote And Mountainous areas through Sustainable Alternative Tourism”, funded by Interreg Europe Programme 2014-2020. The event was organized by Partner 6 – Rasinari Municipality, Romania.

The Bulgarian project partner Association Euroregion Pleven-Olt was presented at the event by Iliana Georgieva, Project Manager and Diana Miteva, Financial Expert under RAMSAT project.

The aim of the event was to be presented the development of ecotourism in the six European partner regions and to share good practices in this area by the project partners.

Association Euroregion Pleven-Olt presented to the partner network and stakeholders the good practices in ecotruism: Project NATBIOT, ROBG-356 “Natural heritage – natural/bio resources’ services”, co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund under the Programme Interreg VA Romania-Bulgaria and “Children’s Eco Camp in the village of Stakevtsi”.

Project NATBIOT, ROBG-356 “Natural heritage – natural/bio resources’ services” was presented in terms of partnership, project activities, implementation resources, transfer potential, proof of success and the four tourist routes developed within the project.

The good practice NATBIOT was presented as suitable for transfer to regions where there are objects of natural and cultural heritage with low popularity and high potential for revenue. It is particularly suitable for remote and cross-border areas, with restaurants and small-capacity hotels that offer home comfort and green tourism conditions.

The NATBIOT approach takes into account the similarities and additions between border areas in terms of knowledge / promotion of natural and cultural heritage, natural resources and related facilities accommodation, meals, transport, leisure services.

Among the participants in the webinar, the common brand NATBIOT aroused the greatest interest.

RAMSAT project focuses on 4 forms of sustainable alternative tourism:

– Ecotourism as a form of responsible travel to natural areas, protecting the environment and maintaining the well-being of local people;

– Adventure tourism, which includes exploring and traveling to remote areas and practicing outdoor activities (ie hiking, climbing, cycling, paragliding, rafting);

– Cultural tourism related to the cultural identity of the region, in particular the way of life, history, architecture, religion and other elements that help to form it;

– Rural tourism, as a way to include and benefit rural communities, while preserving their environment, invites tourists to participate in activities, lifestyles and traditions of the host community.

The main objective can be summarized in:

– increasing the number of visits to cultural and natural heritage and attractions;

– increasing the amount of investments for promotion, protection and improvement of the natural and cultural heritage.

Project partners are:

  1. Lead partner – Alto Alentejo Intermunicipal Community- Portugal;
  2. Association “Euroregion Pleven-Olt” – Bulgaria;
  3. Zasavje Regional Development Agency – Slovenia;
  4. Provincial Government of Teruel – Spain;
  5. Rural Area Partnership in Derry Ltd (RAPID) – Ireland;
  6. Rasinari Municipality – Romania;
  7. Regional Development Agency Centru – Romania.