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Cross-border cooperation for sustainable development and tourism, through valorization of rural cultural heritage and conservation of natural asset of areas with ancient olive groves

Project Summary

The main goal of CROSS BORDER OL is to promote sustainable tourism activities, conserve and protect natural resources in areas with ancient olive trees and olive orchards, and increase local and interregional awareness on the cultural heritage linked to traditional olive growing, rural activities and culinary traditions. The project assists communities living in 6 pilot areas belonging to the 3 Programme countries, to value their surroundings by producing and displaying Parish Maps, to promote an appealing tourist offer.  This will help to face the challenges of seasonal tourist demand, reinforce brand reputation and improve territorial promotion strategies.



Total budget 625.440,21 EUR
EU Contribution IPA co-financing 85%
Duration 2018 / 2020

Main Outputs

- Mapping of olive trees and groves and best practices for conservation

- Participatory initiatives to increase stakeholders' awareness on local planning

- Local planning on environment protection and sustainable tourism

- Cross border smart and sustainable tourist action plan

Project Partnership
Lead Partner
Lead Partner: Universiteti Bujqesor i Tiranes (AL) - Contacts: Fatbardh Sallaku - sallaku[at]
Project Partners
  1. Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes - Istituto Agronomico Mediterraneo di Bari (IT)
  2. Shoqata e Kerkimeve Urbane (AL)
  3. Ente Parco Regionale Storico Agricolo dell’olivo di Venafro (IT)
  4. Opstina Bar (ME)
  5. Udruzenje za odrzivi razvoj, regionalnu sardanju i maslinarstvo Valdanos (ME)