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DANUBE DELTA – THE ROWING PARADISE

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Author: Doru Frolu (Rowmania)
Presentation for Topic 3: Practical Tools for conservation and local development
2nd European Ecotourism Conference
23-25 October 2013, Romania

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DANUBE DELTA – THE ROWING PARADISE

  1. 1. DANUBE DELTA – THE ROWING PARADISE Speaker: Teodor FROLU – VicePresident “Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23” Association
  2. 2. MOBILITY
  3. 3. TERRITORY • Area: 5.800 sq km (2 times Luxembourg’s area) • 28 localities and one town, Sulina • Population: 12.638 (2012) • Strictly protected areas: 20 sites covering a total of 50 904 hectares (8.7% of the Reserve’s surface)
  4. 4. BIODIVERSITY  30 types of ecosystems  FLORA – 1 839 species  FAUNA - 3 590 species • The fish fauna from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is remarkably rich, with 135 species The majority is fresh water fishes, but there are also marine species that come into the Danube Delta and on the Danube course during the reproduction season. 30 species are subject to commercial fishing • Birds: 331 species (apart from the 520 species inventoried in Western Europe)
  5. 5. CURRENT TOURISM PLAN half-aday tour 3 hours tour Arrival: Boat Transport public Average cost: 10 EUR / trip private Average cost: 50 EUR / trip Accommodation Average number of nights: 1.7 nights (2010) Departure: Boat Transport public Average cost: 10 EUR / trip private Average cost: 50 EUR / trip
  6. 6. ECOTOURISM PLAN day trips by rowing boat Arrival: Boat Transport Accommodation Departure: Boat Transport 3-5 nights public private Nearer locations => lower costs public private Nearer locations => lower costs
  7. 7. BENEFITS OF THE ECOTOURISM PLAN • every night spent in another location. local accommodation and local food • the transfer between locations implies lower costs • during the transfer the tourists have the opportunity to visit 2-3 more tourist attractions / landmarks • covers a larger area, increasing consumption in the benefit of the inhabitants • a learning experience about nature and local people.
  8. 8. RENT A BOAT SYSTEM – GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
  9. 9. ROWMANIA ECOTOURISM CENTER – CRIȘAN
  10. 10. ROWMANIA ECOTOURISM CENTER – CRIȘAN  Rowmania Ecotourism Center - Crisan is a pilot project of social entrepreneurship launched by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER) and the Association Ivan Patzaichin-Mila 23 (AIP), part of a new ecotourism offer: rowing with Rowmania - slow tourism for the benefit of nature and local people  Rowmania Ecotourism Center – Crișan offers one to 4 day tours by canotca (canotca is a traditional wooden boat, inspired by local lotca and made locally), guided tours for more days, local accommodation and food.  Rowmania Ecotourism Center is the place where visitors can learn about the sound of nature, feel the local atmosphere and understand the relation between people and nature.
  11. 11. ROWMANIA ECOTOURISM CENTER – CRIȘAN The first thematic route (Rowmania Center Crisan - Lake Capcicova, Zapadna Lake, Lake Iacob) with audio-guide in Romania was launched on 15 October 2012 This route was developed to diversify the activities of Crisan and aims to highlight the diversity of birds from the Danube Delta.

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