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Project title:  Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Cross Border Advancement in Heritage - EPICAH

Funder: Interreg Europe

Co-financing: Estonian Ministry of Internal Affairs and KÜSK

Project duration
1st phase: January 2017-December 2019
2nd phase: January 2020-December 2021

Project manager: Margit Säre; margitsare @ gmail.com

Project international web site: https://www.interregeurope.eu/epicah/


EPICAH aims to promote the improvement of the policy instruments for crossborder cooperation processes in the natural and cultural heritage protection. The objective of the project is also to develop the management of the border by using it as a tourist attraction factor. It shall improve the effectiveness of tourism activity in managing the organization and valorisation of these assets.

Results and outputs
The main result of the project should correspond to an effective improvement of the efficiency related to policies and CBC programmes for better management and development of cultural and natural heritage shared by border regions, promoting the border as a differentiating and competitive factor of the crossborder territory holding that heritage.
- 7 regional reports (diagnostic documents that will identify the main problems crossborder natural and cultural heritage management are facing in each project border)
-joint report about how it is being enhanced the border effect in the protection and development of natural and cultural crossborder heritage in Europe
-6 study visits to partners regions (in order to know in situ each other reality regarding each one of the policy instruments addresses by EPICAH)
-thematic seminars
-internal workshops (dissemination knowledge actions for the partners staff)
-crossborder workshops (dissemination knowledge actions for members of the partners and their border counterparts)
- regional action plans (for the improvement of policies and policy instruments associated with management of crossborder natural and cultural heritage in each of the project territories)
-interparliamentary forum
- strategic communication plan (to enhance the impact of communication activities and expand the results dissemination and the transfer of knowledge generated by the project)
- 6instruments for CBC policies (Interreg A) more effective in actions regarding the protection, preservation and development of crossborder natural and cultural heritage
- ROP instrument more effective in actions regarding the protection, preservation and development of crossborder natural and cultural heritage.

Press release
20.02.2017 - Project kick off meeting, in Porto

20.04.2017- EPICAH project first Estonian stakeholder meeting took place on 20
April, in Tartu.
13 participants from county development agencies, tourism foundations, NGOs gathered to discuss cultural and nature tourism current status and challenges in South Estonia.

South-Estonia has rich natural and cultural heritage and important  initiator for local development is seen through sustainable tourism.
Still, the number of visitors is not enough and need to be increased at least
10%. The participants agreed that main problems getting tourists here are lack
of resources for development the objects and bad transport connection with
South-Estonia – no good air connection, no good train connection between
Latvian capital Riga and Tartu (so called South Estonian capital)

Participants also introduced their new initiatives and project in the filed of cultural and natural tourism.

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