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Building a partnership for nature conservation and tourism in Romania

Main objectives:

  • implement rural development and nature conservation policies through ecotourism in the Retezat-Hateg area; Călimani-Vatra Dornei area and Danube Delta;
  • implement the Ecotourism Certification System;
  • promot Romania as an international ecotourism destination;
  • raise awareness and lobbying for ecotourism at the national level;
  • run a Small Grant Programme;
  • run training courses.


  • Duration: October 2005 – December 2007
  • Budget:
  • 110.000 € (70.000 euro, funds for the Small Grant Programme run through the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation)
  • the equivalent of 200.000 € (funds run directly by USAID for the activities of the project)
  • Funding sources:
  • Doen Foundation (The Netherlands) via Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (Miercurea-Ciuc)
  • USAID-RADP, United States Agency for International Development – Romania Agribusiness Development Program
  • Coordinator: Andrei Blumer