Creation of a cross-border Water Assets Geopark in Nestos Area


CB Water Geopark
Priority axis Sustainability-Climate adaptability
Investment priorities 6c
Call 2nd Call for proposals under priority axes 2 & 4
Lead Beneficiary Municipality of Drama
Partners Center for Sustainable Development of the Mountain
Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Physical Education & Sports Science
Municipality of Hadjidimovo
Budget 608.731,00 €
Project’s cooperation area, is the cross-border area between the municipalities of Drama and Hadjidimovo, dominated by Nestos River and bounded by the Rhodope Mountains. An area with special geographical and geophysical features, where Greek and Bulgarian Regions are similar not only in their geographical but also in their social-economic characteristics.  The area is rich in natural and cultural heritage with significant potential of economic and touristic development.  Weaknesses of the area are the lack of financial resources, limited road infrastructures and touristic investments. Strengths of the area in relation to the tourism development are the excellent natural cultural environment, the tradition and, the history, the cultural heritage the proximity to urban and tourist centers. Among the opportunities of the region is the capability of promotion and tourist exploitation of the natural resources in the area, particularly those relating to water assets.

Τhe aim of the proposed project is to valorize natural and cultural features of the area, through the enhancement and preservation of the natural and geographical characteristics in strong connection with the heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.To achieve this goal, project proposes the creation of a Geopark in the cooperation area. In the Geopark will be defined elevated at least 4 Geotopes. Geotopes will be territories with special geophysical features, connected with water assets. Additionally, project proposes environmental education and outdoor activities in the Geotopes, in order to promote the value of preserving and developing natural and cultural heritage in project’s area. Finally, through publicity and dissemination actions, Geopark, Geotopes and generally the concept of the Geotourism will be promoted in the local touristic markets.

The innovation of this project is that not only distinguishes the role of the water assets and its connection with the natural and heritage of the project’s area, but:
- records systematically the history, culture, mythology and Human presence in relation to the water assets
- defines, maps and describes a wider district (Geopark) and exceptional interest water related territories (Geotopes) in multiple levels (geographically, geophysically and in bioclimatic, fauna and flora level)
-  studies and enhances the accessibility and touristic capabilities of selected Geotopes.

Project’s partners scheme, ensures the continuous and intensive cooperation of the two sides, through coordination and technical meetings and through the common planning and conducting of activities. The approach of the project’s is to promote and valorize the common opportunities and strengths of the project’s area via systematic cooperation of the program’s countries.

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