Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Project Duration: 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Project ERDF Financing: 669 888,76 EUR
Project call: 3rd call
Nature is one of the key resources for tourism development in Latvia and Lithuania – both countries are rich with nature sites. Hiking tourism is a good opportunity to bring people to nature, to show and explain nature heritage values.
The overall objective of the project is to increase number of visitors to the Program area through developing and promoting two joint cross-border nature long distance hiking trails crossing the Program area. Project partners expect at least 5% increase in overnight stays in rural areas within a year after the hiking trails are developed and launched with marketing and promotional support.
The Forest Trail in Latvia and Lithuania, and The Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania will be developed and promoted. Both will link with the existing long distance hiking trails filling the gap in long distance hiking trail network. The Forest Trail will cross LT and LV for approximately 930 km (351 km in LV, 671km in LT) taking hikers to the most beautiful forest and landscape areas. The Forest Trail will be linked with the Forest Trail Riga -Tallinn being currently developed under the Central Baltic program project ‘Long distance cross border hiking trail ‘The Forest Trail”. The same trail title will be used for recognition as both trails will be linked. The same trail marking system will be used. Both trails will fill the gap in the E11 route of the European long distance hiking trail network by ERA – European Ramblers’ Association. The total length of the Forest Trail in all three Baltic states would be approximately 2000 km.
The Baltic Coastal Hiking Route will start from Latvian-Lithuanian border and it will go for approximately 174 km in Lithuania. The route will expand the present Coastal Hiking Route Tallinn – Riga – Nida village (in LV) that has been developed under Estonia-Latvia programme project ‘Coastal Hiking Route along the Baltic Sea Coastline in Latvia and Estonia’. The trail ends on Latvia – Lithuania border, and Lithuania is the only gap missing for the European long distance route E9 now. With Lithuania added, the Baltic Coastal Route will cover all three Baltic states and will be approximately 1374 km long. As with the Forest Trail, the same title and the same marking system will be used for recognition.
Benefits will be gained by local businesses along both trails – accommodation, food, transport service providers, local shops and others receiving more visitors in the area. Local communities will participate in trail development. Travel industry will receive an opportunity to develop tour packages based on hiking facilities and local services. General interest tourists will benefit as the forest and coastal areas will be accessible more safely and comfortably on marked trails and information online via website and various mobile applications. Hikers and ramblers will benefit from new long distance hiking destination in the Baltics. Image of Programme area as a hiking and nature tourism destination will improve.
The project takes a cross boarder approach to fulfil the ambition to create good quality long distance hiking trails and integrate them into existing trail network. Involvement of local residents along the trail route is the key principle to ensure local acceptance, sense of ownership and sustainability.
A long distance hiking trail will be implemented for the first time in Lithuania. The certification Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe will be applied for the first time in the Baltic countries. Services specialising to cater for the needs of hiking tourists will be marked with a “Hikers’ Friendly” sign.
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Last updated: 06.07.2020 12:23