Two counties, five micro-regions, 29 municipalities, the Duna-Drava National Park, the Landscape protection and Touristic Association of the Drava, 41 estabilishments, 1.1 billion forints.
This is the Drava project in numbers.
The towns in the territory of the Duna-Drava National Park united for a cooperation in 2003 for the realization of a grandiose turistical development. The result of this is the "Complex ecotouristic development of the Drava-basin" competition material, which was finished in 2004 and participated wit success. The realization of the project with the budget of 1.1 billion forints started in April 2006.
The Drava project is an international and regional scale ecoturistical development which aims to integrate the area of the most untouched river, the Drava with its natural treasures into the international tourism in a way that during this it protects its current values. In some of the towns of the Drava medence the aim is based on the unique and untouched fauna and flora, somewhere the historical values, art and folklore or even the the already estabilished horse and bike tourism are emphasized. Common motive power is to lift out this region from the unknownness, the isolation that were significant in the life of the towns near the border.
The project holds a geographically and culturally already existing, therefore already connected to the other touristic regions and their services without rivalizing with them, together.
Of the 1.1 billion forint budget mostly existing building will be converted into new functions, but in some loacation brand new ones get built. The realization of the estabilishments is under process, some are already finished. Once the project gets finished by March 2008, resting stations, tour stations, rain stands, bird watch sites and even lodging possibilities will await the one s touring on foot, bike and on the section in Baranya resting stations will be estabilished for horseback riders that will be connected to the horse-tour paths of the region.
Organically connected to the project the plan of estabilishing a 655 km long tour and study path network,
which will serve as the continuous connection between all the five participant micro-regions /csurgói, nagyatádi, barcsi, sellyei, siklósi/ and creates a foot and bike access to all the estabilishments of the Drava project. The realization of the tour and study path network is the task of the next development period.
OPINIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT:
, president of the General Assembly of Somogy County: this project also proves how important the cooperation is in obtaining sources from the Union. Here this sets an example and with its help development can start in one of the backward parts of the County.
, president of the General Assembly of Baranya County: we have to continue the work we started - whether it needs cooperative help from the union or from the borderside - and keep up improving the already reached results to make the region of the Drava a real ecotouristic region.
Nórántné Hajós Klára
Chief of the Drava Project: the greatest experience for me is the quality of the cooperation amongst the municipalities as well as during the preparation of the project as well as during its realization. If the development aim is good, sources are at hand and a good decision and execution mechanism can be created, then the project is destined to success.
Towns in the Drava-project