P2 Sustainable use of common resources
2.1. Natural and cultural resources developed into sustainable tourist attractions
01.04.2019 - 30.06.2021
€1 215 720
Forest trail project aims at presenting hikers the opportunities that Latvian and Estonian forests have to offer them and to show them how to enjoy the forest life - nature processes, landscapes, animals, birds, trees, mushrooms, etc., through a guidebook, an ad hoc website, and a mobile application. The project will also make sure to mark all of the country hotels and guest houses conveniently located along the trails. The route is split up into approximately 50 one-day routes, each of them around 20 kilometers long.
The Forest Trail project will cross protected landscape areas, two national parks – Gauja and Lahemaa, will pass through the land of Seto people with their authentic folk heritage, and will wind along the Lake Peipsi. Riga and Tallinn as start or endpoints will make the Forest Trail easily accessible to foreign guests: it will be linked with European long-distance hiking path.
Vidzemes Plānošanas Reģions
Partner budget: 141.375 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 111.686 EUR ERDF
Rīgas Plānošanas Reģions
Partner budget: 149.000 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 117.710 EUR ERDF
MTÜ Setomaa Turism
Partner budget: 157.367 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 124.320 EUR ERDF
MTÜ Peipsimaa Turism
Partner budget: 163.777 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 129.384 EUR ERDF
The Forest Trail as a tourism product represents the following:
- the hiking route marked and visible in nature thanks to route marking, direction signs to orientate tourists, information stands to explain forest values and processes. The route will use the existing forest roads and paths, as well as minor country roads and village roads, where necessary, to reach overnight, food, transport and other services. Marking and signposting together with maps and mobile version of the Forest Trail will allow tourists to orientate en route;
- availability of overnight, food, transport and other services en route will allow to experience the Forest Trail in comfort and safety. The route will be divided in average 20km walking distances per day (in total more than 50 days), with indicated start and end points and services available;
- useful, practical route information available printed and online for advance planning and use during hiking.
Promotion and marketing activities will reach: 1) specialized tourist profiles – long distance hikers and their associations, 2) general interest tourists; 3) specialized tour operators and travel agents.