1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage
Hutsul Horse Breeders and Lovers Association (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Verkhovyna National Nature Park (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine)
The project is located in the Eastern Carpathians: the Low Beskids in Poland and the Czywczyńsko-Hryniawskie Mountains in Ukraine. Both areas, due to their natural richness, can be a unique tourist attraction, but they do not attract a lot of tourists due to the poorly developed tourist offer, a very small number of organized tourist events based on local natural values.
The authors of the Horses&Nature project aim to create common, cross-border tourist products – two Carpathian lands of the Hutsul horse: Beskid's Land of the Hucul Horse and Marmor's Land of the Hucul Horse. For this purpose, the lead beneficiary proposed to mark with QR codes the existing trail (horseback path) in the Low Beskids, as well as to create a trilingual website for desktop computers and mobile devices with designated routes and important services. Then, along the marked trail, a landscape and nature horse rally for 20 people will be organized. The Ukrainian partner will also design an ecological and cognitive horse path, publish it on its website and organize a 4-day horse rally for journalists, tour operators and tourist guides. For a similar target group from Poland and Ukraine, it is also planned to organize a 7-day study visit in the Verkhovyna district. Its main goal is to transfer the knowledge about the areas where the Hucul breed of horses was created, as well as about landscape values and natural wealth which are not well promoted. Additionally, the Ukrainian beneficiary will prepare technical documentation of a stable for 12 horses with facilities and storage room. In the nearest future, it will be built from their own and external sources. Both partners will produce a common TV reportage and a brochure promoting the effects of the project.
The partners are planning to cooperate in the field of developing tourist offer using their project experiences. They declare to organize hereafter similar horse rides, as well as various internal study tours, symposia, conferences and other events promoting the main idea of the project.
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