LAG “Central Istria” is continuing its work on the promotion and further development of interactive map authentic-istria.com. Most recently, LAG “Central Istria” presented the map to renters and providers of tourist services from the area of the Žminj municipality, with the aim of including as many tourist facilities as possible at the very beginning of the new tourist season.
The map was created in printed and digital form, within the INSiGHTS project, funded by the Interreg Danube Program. In addition to cycling and hiking trails in the area of central Istria, Motovun and Žminj it also promotes all the nearby touristic products; bike and bed accommodation, farms, wineries, taverns and restaurants, natural beauties, cultural and other activites. The presentation was aimed at showing few simple steps which citizens can follow to include additional touristic content that they feel should be included in the map.
The University of Thessaly, was the host of the 5th International Partner Meeting within the “European Network for Economic Cohesion and Solidarity in Rural Areas” ( ENSURE) project that was held in Volos, Greece, from 18th to 20th of March, 2019.
The event, financed by the “Europe for Citizens” Program of the European Union, gathered International participants from 13 EU countries such as Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain.
This international partner meeting was devoted to rural development and how to impact young people. Experts in agriculture, plant protection, organic farming and experts from the greenhouse sector, shared their knowledge with the more than 200 students of the University of Thessaly that attended to the scientific conference and presented the opportunities EU funds offer for youth and development of agriculture.
During a three-day program, partners had time to discuss, to interact, to network among each other and share experiences and opinions on rural development and on EU policies at local level.
Partners participated to the workshop arranged to master the ENSURE final publication, talked about planning future cooperation and discussed the details of the final event of the project in Slovenia.
Partners also had the chance to visit the Brickworks museum at Tsalapatas complex in Volos, to visit the facilities of the School of Agricultural Sciences in Volos, to visit the traditional village of Makrinitsa at Pelion Mountain and taste local traditional dishes. Also they had a cultural tour at the sight-seeing along the coastal side of the city of Volos and finally, a study visit to the Greenhouse facilities of the flourishing company of “Gardenia Growers Group”, to see from close how greenhouses and group work can be used as a tool for rural development.
From 18th to 20th of March 2019, during a three-day program, the University of Thessaly will host the 5th International Partner Meeting, an event financed by the “Europe for Citizens” Programme of the European Union. 13 International participants from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain, will have time to discuss, to interact, to network among each other and share their experiences and opinions on rural development and on topics of EU policies at local level in rural communities.
Experts and academics will share their knowledge about the ways to impact young generation to contribute to the rural development. Topics such as innovative cultivation systems in Horticulture, the greenhouses as a tool for rural development, ongoing challenges for young Agronomists formulating competitive advantages in the labor market, and financial and development tools for young farmers, will feed the table discussion between the ENSURE partners and the students of the University of Thessaly, so as to share the impact of the project and to have the young generation’s feedback.
Part of the Event will take the form of a workshop to master the ENSURE final publication and to talk about planning future cooperation among partners.
Partners will also have a chance to visit the Brickworks museum (N. & S. Tsalapatas) in Volos and the village of Makrinitsa at Pelion Mountain, including a guided tour at the village and a visit at the facilities of the Environmental Education Center of Makrinitsa, after tasting local traditional dishes at a restaurant in Makrinitsa. The cultural program also includes a planned visit to the coastal side of Volos and the Archaeological Museum of Volos with a guided tour.
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As part of a significant local event – Honey Days, on Friday, February 22, 2019, in Pazin, a panel discussion titled “AUTHENTIC ISTRA: Specifics and Potentials” was held. The Panel Discussion was organized by LAG “Central Istria” as one of the activities in the implementation of the INSiGHTS project from the Interreg Danube and its aim was to consider the further development of the destination, which includes the area of three tourist boards on the area – central Istria, Motovun municipality and Žminj Municipality. Participants and guests were presented with the findings of the assessment of national tourism development strategies that was carried out as part of the project implementation and were suggested with improvements to encourage the further development of sustainable tourism in Croatia and the region of Istria.
The Panel Discussion was attended by the representatives of tourist boards Sanja Kantaruti, Iva Jeletić Prodan and Nensi Pereša Licul who presented their areas as well as by the following panelists who participated at the discussion:
Assistant Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Monika Udovičić;
Head of the Department of Tourism of the Istrian County, Nada Prodan Mraković;
Acting Head of the Department for Product Development and Support to the Destinations of the Croatian Tourist Board, Darija Tödtling;
Mayor of the Town of Pazin, Renato Krulčić;
Head of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Hunting, Fisheries and Water Management of the Istrian County, Ezio Pinzan;
Director of Enterprise WYG Consulting, Mladen Vojković.
As part of the panel discussion, LAG “Central Istria” presented also the main results of the project – sustainable tourism strategy and interactive map available at www.authentic-istria.com.
On today’s press conference, it was announced that this year’s Honey Days will be held in Pazin on the 22 and 23 of February. The fair is organized in a form of an international exhibition of honey, bee products and beekeeping equipment in the Pazin sports hall with more than 110 exhibitors for all over Europe.
As a special addition to this year’s offer, the traditional local pastry – Pazinski cukerančić will be presented in a slightly different version – with a special addition of honey. All visitors will have the chance to taste and buy this special pastry.
As part of the INSiGHTS project, which LAG “Central Istria” is implementing as one of the partners within Interreg Danube Program, a panel discussion titled AUTHENTIC ISTRIA: Specifics and Potentials will be held on Friday, February 22 starting at 12:00. Within the debate, which will be attended by representatives of national, regional and local public bodies, the possibilities of tourist development of Istria within the territory covered by tourist boards of central Istria, Motovun and Žminj, will be discussed. Additionally, one of the main objectives of the panel discussion will be to present the findings of the national strategy assessment and to this way encourage authorities to include sustainable principles in their documents and actions. Other project results such as the sustainable tourism strategy and interactive map were also presented.