1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage
Association "Local Action Group – Bug Valley Melting Pot" (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
NGO “Local Agency of Economic Development of Kamyanka-Buzka District” (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Municipal Institution Local Ethnographic Museum of Perechyn (Zakarpattya Oblast, Ukraine)
The Bug Valley region is characterized by natural richness and well-preserved natural areas (landscape parks, nature reserve, Nature 2000 area). This natural diversity can encourage tourists to visit this beautiful region and positively influence its development. On the other hand, weak promotion and education of the natural potential and the need to protect the Bug Valley areas on both sides of the border are factors that inhibit tourism development.
The implementation of the BugGuardians project aims to solve these common cross-border challenges. Partners from Poland and Ukraine intend to activate tourism in the region by organizing youth camps, school workshops, contests for participants, nature viewing platform, quests and awareness campaign (websites, Facebook, promotion clip etc.). First of all, an educational and promotional campaign will be carried out to intensify tourism in the Bug Valley, while keeping the proper use of this natural area. Via common meetings and trainings, the partners will also exchange experiences, methods, patterns, ideas to implement the best practices in the future. What’s interesting, the project activities will take place in the spaces specially adapted for the disabled (ramps, clear marking, means of transport). The workshops and outdoor games planned by the partners devoted to the natural heritage of the Bug Valley will interest young tourists and inhabitants in spending their free time in the Bug Valley, to get to know the natural heritage of this area.
The expected project outcomes will result in a long-term cooperation between partners from Poland and Ukraine keeping the nature protection platform and infrastructure, as well as attracting the tourists and inhabitants of the region. The project will popularize the natural heritage of the Bug River, develop tourism and have a positive impact on the economic potential of the region. Stimulation of the local community by creating pro-natural attitudes and tourist products will increase the number of tourists in the cross-border area.
Near the village of Staryi Dobrotvir, the Ukrainian partners of the project - built a viewing platform. From the observation deck it is safe to watch and feed the mute swans. Moments spent on the banks of the River Bug can be immortalised thanks to a specially created photographic area.
From 18th till 20th October 2021, teachers from 30 primary schools from the regions represented by the beneficiaries took part in training sessions entitled: "Protection of the natural heritage of the Bug River Valley as an opportunity for tourism development". Experts introduced them to the natural wealth of these areas. They also explained how they should be protected and how they can be used in the development of tourism. After the workshop, teachers received ready-to-use scenarios for school lessons:
Due to the pandemic, the beneficiaries had to abandon the organisation of camps for pupils from participating schools. However, in order not to give up the possibility of shaping young people's attitudes and their knowledge of the project area, pupils received educational games "Vertebrates of the Bug River Valley" and the puzzle "Get to know the Bug River Valley".
ATLASES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Pupils of participating schools received nature atlases in Polish-English and Ukrainian-English versions.
promoting the natural heritage of the Bug River Valley
The folder was published in three languages: Polish, Ukrainian and English. It contains descriptions of the nature reserves Kózki, Góra (Mountain) Uszeście and Wydma Mołożewska, as well as the nature and landscape complex Głogi, Natura 2000 area and wintering areas of mute swans.
NATURE WALK - QUEST
The partners have prepared three nature walks in the form of a virtual quest game (two in Polish, one in Ukrainian). Participants of the game, while searching for treasure, will get to know interesting places located in the Bug River Valley. In the Polish language version, the game is available in the form of an application:
The Polish beneficiary prepared videos encouraging the inhabitants of the region and tourists to active leisure in the Bug River Valley. They can be viewed on the YouTube channel, on the project website and on the project's Facebook profile.
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