Budget: US$ 1,100,000 RAF contribution, US$ 33,000 REPF contribution and US$ 973,732 leveraged by REPF through ecotourism grants in targeted regions
Duration: 60 months (July 1st, 2014 – June 30th, 2019)
Goal To enhance the establishment and consolidation of a country wide ecotourism network, that will contribute to local sustainable development and nature conservation. An ecotourism destination is a micro-region with remarkable natural and cultural assets, where sustainable tourism can be conducted, offering integrated experiences with minimal environment impact, by aggregating a network of complementary ecotourism service providers under the same common marketing and development strategy. The destination needs to be “managed” by an entity, the Ecotourism Destination Management Unit – EDMU, that is entrusted by the community with delegated power to coordinate and implement the community plans.
Objectives • To enhance the setting up of the national network of ecotourism destinations that will meet the specific requirements established by the National Tourism Authority; • To transform ecotourism in a strategic tourism product segment that will contribute to the sustainable development of at least 7 micro regions of Romania that are suitable for such kind of activities; • To develop the needed management capacities at the level of at least 7 ecotourism destinations through the creation of Ecotourism Destination Management Units (EDMU).
- at least 7 self-sustainable ecotourism destination management units (EDMU) created; - at least 7 functional ecotourism destinations certified and managed according to ecotourism principles; - 14 local ecotourism destination managers trained; - local entrepreneurship will benefit from linking ecotourism related producers and service providers to market opportunities and to each other; - local products and services will be gathered and promoted under the brand of the ecotourism destinations; - new ecotourism related start-up businesses will be established and new jobs will be created in the targeted micro-regions; - increased but at the same time sustainable use of the environmental and cultural assets of the targeted regions, with improved management of local resources and assets; - Increased attractiveness and improved promotion of distinctive, high quality tourism products and services for Romania as an ecotourism destination.