Start of “Eco-tourism in Central Europe: tools for nature protection” (CEETO project)

The two-day meeting, marking the opening ceremony of the CEETO project (Interreg Central Europe), was held in Bologna on 26-27 June 2017. The main theme of the project is sustainable tourism, which is increasingly talked about in the world, but the effects of its implementation are still insufficient. Project “Eco-tourism in Central Europe: tools for nature protection (CEETO)” is implemented in Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia, and will last until the middle of year 2020.

The first day of the meeting was reserved for presenting and introducing all partners involved in the project, with a total of eleven (11) coming from six (6) countries. The lead partner of the project is the Emilia-Romagna region – the Protected Areas, Forestry and Mountains Development Department of the city of Bologna, which organized the initial meeting, and coming from Croatia were partners WWF Adria and Medvednica Nature Park. Each partner presented and highlighted the segment of the project on which it will focus during the project, and which is related to the tourist function of the protected area. Discussions and mutual familiarizing of the project partners continued until the end of the first working day of the initial project meeting.

On the second day, the lead partner Emilia-Romagna region used the opportunity to go through a detailed overview of the project goals and all its work packages, while detailed arrangements were also made for the end of calendar year. A representative from the Joint Secretariat of Interreg Central Europe also joined the meeting and delivered a lecture pointing out the most common problems that occur in project implementation, clarifying the basic rules and obligations of all partners.

The first CEETO meeting of project partners was solemnly closed by defining the conclusions of the first meeting.