14. November, 2017.

“Pazinski cukerančić” was presented at the event “Pazi što jedeš”

“Pazinski cukerančić” was presented at the event “Pazi što jedeš”

In the period from 20 to 22 October, 2017. Circolo in Pula was the host of the event “Pazi što jedeš”, which also contains one of the largest eco fairs in Croatia. This year, the theme of the event was “Knowledge and Taste” – knowledge transfer and flavor preservation, with particular emphasis on researching, collecting and documenting information on traditional and healthy recipes characteristic of Istria. LAG “Central Istria” took part in the event on Friday, 20th of October, 2017, with a workshop on the traditional dessert called “Pazinski Cukerančić”. Visitors were able to hear and see everything about the specifics, the process of making and the initiatives for listing the “Pazinski Cukerancić” on the list of the intangible cultural assets of the Republic of Croatia. Davorka Šajina (agrotourism Ograde) was in charge of the practical part, visitors could see on the spot all the steps in the preparation of the dough and the way of making and baking the “Pazinski Cukerančić”, and finally of course tasting this dessert.

2. November, 2017.

Start of the ENSURE Project

Start of the ENSURE Project

LAG “Central Istria” has started implementing a new international project named  ENSURE which stands for: European Network for the Cohesion and Solidarity in Rural Areas. ENSURE project has successfully passed European Commission’s criteria in June 2017. This enabled partners to cooperate for the next two years as an international Network. The partners come from 13 countries – 12 of them from the European Union, and 2 from Serbia and Montenegro. Thanks to this great mixture, the partners will be able to exchange experiences with regard to different EU policies, like EU structural funds, EU education programs, or the Common Agriculture Policy. Six of the partners are public bodies, five are federations and bodies representing local authorities, one is a regional authority, and 2 are NGOs. This is another asset, because it will bring together public authorities and civil society organizations.ENSURE addresses day-to-day issues which are prevalent for rural citizens, such as: local development, cross-border mobility of agricultural workers, or food safety. By bringing up issues that acquire great interest among citizens, ENSURE can hit such questions as: the decline of support of the EU, Euroscepticism and the EU citizenship. (more…)

24. October, 2017.

INSiGHTS: Project event in Central Istria

INSiGHTS: Project event in Central Istria

Last week, LAG “Central Istria” hosted partner representatives  from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Serbia as part of the INSiGHTS project funded by the INTERREG Danube Transnational Cooperation Program in which LAG “Central Istria” is participating as one of the partners.

The study visit was focused on transnational learning and exchange on green and healthy tourism. Partners were introduced to the best practices of Central Istria region, starting with the wine tasting, bike riding at the Parenzana trail, traditional Istrian pastry making and the adrenaline-cultural experiences of tourist offer in Pazin. (more…)

12. September, 2017.

INSiGHTS: The Heart of Istria Visiting the Heart of Slovenia

INSiGHTS: The Heart of Istria Visiting the Heart of Slovenia

As part of the INSiGHTS project, LAG “Central Istria” participated in a bilateral study visit to the Development centre of the Heart of Slovenia. The visit was held as an exchange of experiences with the aim of encouraging the development of sustainable tourism and with the mentorship of representatives of CEEweb for Biodiversity, responsible for directing thematic activities on the project. In order to connect the destinations, the event was attended by the director of the Tourist Board of Central Istria – Sanja Kantaruti and director of the Tourist Board of the Motovun Municipality – Iva Jeletić Prodan. During the two-day stay in Litija and Šmartno pri Litja municipalities, the participants were presented with the tourist offer of this region and discussed the possibilities of linking the two destinations through future projects.

Conclusions from this event will be presented and discussed at the next meeting that will gather all project partners and will be held in central Istria in mid-October.

6. July, 2017.

INSiGHTS: Central Istria Sustainable Tourism Strategy Development

INSiGHTS: Central Istria Sustainable Tourism Strategy Development

As part of the project INSiGHTS – Integrated Slow, Green and Healthy Tourism Strategies financed from the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, LAG “Central Istria”, as on of the project partners, has started the process of developing the integrated sustainable tourism strategy of the area of central Istria.

The strategy is being developed in cooperation with the Central Istria Tourist Board, Motovun Tourist Board and Žminj Tourist Board whose areas will it cover.  This strategy will seek to emphasize the potential of area for the development of sustainable – slow, green and healthy tourism.

At the first workshop for development of the strategy, local stakeholders in tourism from the public, private and civil sector participated, who with their knowledge and experience can contribute to formulating the development vision and concrete activities for the overall development of central Istria as a tourist destination. The first workshop was held to familiarize the group with the basic objectives of the project and the foreseen tasks, harmonize the method of work and carry out the first activities in the SWOT analysis of the area. The group will meet regularly and, if necessary, will be supplemented with additional members.