Title: Revitalizing Remote And Mountainous areas through Sustainable Alternative Tourism
Programme: Interreg Europe
Programme Specific objective: 4.1. Improving natural and cultural heritage polisies
Remote and mountainous areas in a number of European countries are generally poor in terms of natural values and resources for the development of agricultural or industrial activities, but at the same time have considerable resources for tourism development. The considerable potential for tourism in these areas remains unused or underused – on the one hand the businesses and the population there are unable to benefit from its potential, and on the other hand the valuable cultural or natural heritage (NCH) is being destroyed or degraded.
The main objective of the RAMSAT project is to promote the improvement of the policy instruments which are aimed at the sustainable use of NCH resources through the development of alternative tourism (AT) in remote and mountainous areas. The specific measures that can be stipulated at a later stage in the partners’ action plans are: improving the infrastructure surrounding the cultural monuments; construction of tourist attractions; creating partnerships and clusters at regional, national and international level; development of competitive market niches and brands; diversification of tourism activities; and the training of AT personnel and others related to sustainable use of NCH for AT.
The development of AT in the target areas will ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and cultural heritage and lead to its more effective management. And as tourism also stimulates the development of other sectors of the economy, additional results are expected through the revival of the partner areas.
It is expected that being inspired by the results of the project, the partners will implement a number of new initiatives that directly improve six policy instruments, three of them associated with growth and jobs programmes or ETC programmes. All stakeholders involved in the project will benefit because they will generate opportunities for sustainable economic activity and permanent jobs.
Partners from: Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, France, Portugal, UK, Italy, Slovenia
Project duration: 48 months
Projec budget: 1 302 044 euro