The overall objective of the UniGreen project is to facilitate sustainable tourism development in border regions of Latvia and Lithuania by stabilizing and increasing of the number of visitors and number of overnight stays.
In order to achieve the goal – to facilitate the growth of the tourism flow for up to 10% and number of overnight stays for up to 7% during 5 years, the following activities will be implemented:
(1) development of tourism products and services more accessible for all kinds of travelers, including appropriate promotion activities;
(2) facilitation of nature object management by increasing awareness about nature values like wetlands having European level significance as important bio tops for local and migrating birds including endangered species (7 lakes, 2 rivers as well as system of ponds covered by project);
(3) supporting local business and development of qualitative living and working environment for different social groups, including persons with disabilities on an equal level.
UniGreen focuses on development of new tourism products and their promotion. he expected result of the project is the identification of the project territory as joint destination for incoming tourism and network of nature-based one-day destinations for the local market.
Over the 2 years’ project implementation period (05.2017-04.2019) in Kurzeme and the border regions of Lithuania it is foreseen to build 7 walking trails equipped with various edutainment elements, 2 resting areas, 2 playgrounds and an adventure park for children, 2 watching towers, 2 viewing platforms, 4 pontoon piers and 3 pontoon bridges, develop more than 40 nature trail maps, a walking trails’ image guide, install audio solutions at 10 nature objects adapted for people with eyesight problems, organise the training of nature guides in Latvia and Lithuania, as well as carry out other activities for the development of nature tourism and facilitation of the accessibility of nature objects. The overall financing of the project is 1 176 867,14 EUR, i.a. ERAF financing 1 000 337,07 EUR.
The uniqueness of the project is to develop the accessibility to nature objects for travelers with disabilities.