Model for cross-border cooperation in management of cultural-historical and natural heritage and development of sustainable tourism – Koprivshtitsa (Bulgaria) and Surdulica (Serbia)
Lead Partner (name/country)
Community Centre “H.N.Palaveev” – Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
Surdulica Municipality, Serbia
Axis 2: Enhancing capacity for joint planning, problem solving and development
Area of intervention
2.2: Sustainable development through efficient utilization of regional resources
Duration (in months)
Total budget (in €)
190 857,18 EUR
The project overall objective is to enhance the territorial cooperation and neighbourly relations between the Municipality of Koprivshtitsa (Bulgaria) and Municipality of Surdulica (Serbia) in the field of management, preservation and promotion of natural and cultural-historical heritage. The project specific objective include: 1. Enhancing the capacity for planning, decision of common problems and development of the regional potential in the field of culture-historical and natural heritage and development of policies for planning and management in the field of culture, ecology and tourism. 2. Establishment of a cross-border pilot model for studying, conservation, socialization, integrated management and promotion of the common cultural, historical and natural heritage and sustainable tourism development through modern information technology. 3. Socialization of the rich common cultural, historical and natural heritage of both communities, the creation of new jobs through development of sustainable tourism (cultural, environmental and rural) and improving quality of life. 4. Sustainable tourism development based on the rich cultural and natural resources. 5. Raising public awareness and knowledge of general rich cultural, historical and natural heritage.
The main project activities include: Collecting of photo, video, audio, text and statistical data and information for digital interpretation of cultural, historical and natural sites of interest on the territory of the municipalities of Koprivshtitsa and Surdulica; Creating of an internet portal (incl. interface, architecture, and settings) with database for cultural, historical and natural heritage and their capacity for development of sustainable tourism (ST); Application of Information Technologies in the management of cultural-historical and natural heritage and the development of ST in the target area; Development joint crossborder strategy for protection of the cultural and natural heritage and development of ST; Raising the capacity of local interested groups in applying information technologies for heritage preservation and in strategic planning and management of the culture, historical and natural heritage and development of sustainable tourism; Implementation of information and publicity measures for promotion of local tourism resources; Creation of electronic database and network with experts, NGOs, administrative and entrepreneurial organizations operating in the field of cultural-historical and natural heritage and ST development; Raising the capacity and technological provisioning of project partners to implement IT in the management and preservation of local “assets”.
Development of on-line database of at least 620 cultural, historical, natural heritage sites and tourist attractions; Development of an electronic database and network of approximately 140 experts, NGOs, administrative and entrepreneurial organizations operating in the field of cultural-historical and natural heritage and ST development; Applied IT and Geographical Information System and 3D models in the management and promotion of cultural, historical and natural sites of interests in the target municipalities; Elaboration of joint strategy as a model for management of local tourism related resources; Developed joint Internet portal as a tool for establishment of common sustainable tourism routs and stimulus for development of local economies and employment; Provision information and promotion of tourism related sites in the cross-border area.
280 people representative of NGOs such as Community center “H.Nencho Palaveev – Koprivshtitsa”, Tourist association “Koprivshtitsa”, “Green alternative - Koprivshtitsa”, Association of SME, Association of beekeepers “Matika”, Ecological association “Inogoste, Hunting association ”Vrla”. Representatives of local administrative structures (141 people) from Municipal administration Koprivshtitsa - Directorate of Museums - Koprivshtitsa; Municipal administration Surdulitsa; Surdulica culture centre; “Radoje Domanovic“ Library; Turist assosiation Surdulica.
Tourist business (851 people) from Tourist objects and people employed in the tourist services
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