Posted on 14 June 2019

The E-Mobility Network will strengthen human and social capital in protected areas in the Danube-Carpathian Region.
WWF creates E-mobility along danube Nature Routes in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Germany

The main objective of the E-Mobility Network is to strengthen human and social capital in protected areas in the Danube-Carpathian Region. Among other things, the pilot project provided green mobility options like e-bikes charging stations along nature routes.

Local E-managers were appointed in Belene, Bulgaria; Ivanovo, Bulgaria; Tuttlingen, Germany; the Ciocanesti Fish Farm in Romania; and Kranj, Slovenia. E-managers developed common strategies on how to improve e-mobility and involve relevant stakeholders. In June 2018, the e-managers went to the City of Tuttlingen and the Young Danube Landscape Park for a training that included hands-on experience on e-bike repair, participation in a stakeholder conference, and an e-bike excursion. The e-managers will act as "multipliers" spreading EU-wide trend towards the use of e-bikes into their region and further develop green mobility options for the local population and tourism.

The Danube Bike Path runs from the source of the river in Donaueschingen all the way to the Danube Delta. The route is part of the well-known and highly frequented European Bike Network Velo6 – Atlantic – Black Sea. Nature routes are being developed in order to lure tourists to explore the landscape and attractions beyond the direct path. A nature route is described as a safe, scenic and sustainable path that connects natural landmarks and touristic highlights, as well as places for buying local products and opportunities for learning about nature protection. In order to create a green mobility option for e-bike users, e-hub charging stations are installed along the way. Adding the E-bike option permits tourists, and families in particular, to more comfortably discover the more mountainous areas. The nature routes are attached to the EuroVelo6 Route.

About LENA
The international Interreg Danube Transnational Project-funded Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) worked with 11 protected areas covering more than 375,000 ha and more than 14 Natura 2000 sites. The sites were chosen based on outstanding natural values and untapped potential for sustainable economic use. The project covered approximately half a million people, most of them living in communities with low income (monthly income ranging between 200 and 500 EUR) and struggling with out-migration and ageing populations. 

The broad partnership coalition implementing LENA (17 partners from 9 Danube countries) supported and strengthened joint and integrated approaches and policies for the conservation and sustainable use of protected areas, in particular in Natura 2000 sites along the Danube and its tributaries. It created new income opportunities in the nature-based economic sector and up-scaled impact across the region.
For more information:
Zsombor Aradszki,Communications Officer,
LENA Project
E-manager Training in Tuttlingen June 2018
Concept of E-mobility Nature Routes
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