LENA-Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region
In the framework of the project LENA – Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region – 17 project partners from 9 different countries along the Danube River (Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Croatia) laid the foundations of an international cooperation aimed at connecting nature and people for their well-being and prosperity. LENA's main objective is to provide innovative solutions for development of economic activities in protected territories along the Danube River and its tributaries in harmony with nature.
With a € 2.45 million budget financed by the Danube Transnational Program, the project will bring together partners from local authorities, institutions for management of protected areas and organizations for local economic development and ecology in order to:
- Foster knowledge generation and empowerment through pilot actions
- Develop tools for sustainable resource use in protected areas and
- Improve framework conditions for sustainable use of protected areas
Some of the upcoming activities of the partnership along the Danube will address the development of tourism and sustainable transport in the region by using e-bikes and the creation of opportunities for sustainable income generation and natural resource management with a focus on agriculture, wild plants gathering and fishing. Pilot projects for business initiatives will be implemented in 11 zones from the Natura 2000 network. The project has started on 1 January 2017 and will run for two and a half years.
Donau Soja is delighted to contribute to this project by development of sustainable agriculture value chains in protected areas through knowledge transfer of best practices in sustainable soybean production, certification and labelling of local products in the same time enabling market access of added value products and awareness raising of their quality, origin and nature values.