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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

“An integrated project of support for tourism sector of Polish-Belarusian borderland”

Lead PartnerTown Commune of Hajnówka (Poland)

Partnership Polesia Agro-Ecology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus (Belarus)
• Municipal Unitary Multisectoral Production Enterprise of Housing Maintenance and Utilities Services “Kamianiec ZhKKh” (Belarus)

Total budget936 383,12 €

Programme Contribution840 349,22 €

Duration19 months

Measure1.2. Tourism development

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.02.00-20-728/11

The town of Hajnówka and the region of Kamieniec have been cooperating for many years as part of Bialowieza Forest Euroregion. Over time, the cooperation has extended to new fields - sports, culture, environmental protection. Cross-border location of Bialowieza Forest has naturally contributed to the development of cooperation also in the field of tourism. The jointly implemented project linked the investment projects to non-investment activities, promoting the concept of sustainable tourism. The border divides the Forest and restricts tourism in the region, however, crossing the border and visiting the neighbouring country is also an attraction. Nevertheless, the project does not offer any specific tourism products, apart from to simple hotel and restaurant services, and the facilities of tourism and recreational infrastructure are scarce and scattered. There is no uniform policy of promotion and cooperation between the borderland institutions for the creation of a common and coherent vision for the development of cross-border tourism. This diagnosis served as the basis of the development of the "Programme for the development of border tourism products". It is a result of workshops and study visits, attended by the representatives of tourism industry and local governments from Poland and Belarus. The priority was given to the projects which can be implemented together or at least simultaneously on both sides of the border. They include
revitalization of urban parks in Wysokie (Brest region) and Hajnówka (Podlaskie voivodeship).

The park in the town of Wysokie is a major tourist attraction of the Kamieniec region, as the oldest surviving park in Belarus. The existing elements of small architecture - the gate, fence and stairs - have been renovated. Two ecological paths were built, to the total length of 9 km, The cycling route of 10 km of and waterway of 15 km have been mapped out . Construction works were accompanied by the activity of experts for the assessment of potential and tourism revitalization of the park, development of park tour programs, as well as scientific, technical and environmental recommendations for the administration. The investment in Hajnówka consists in the preparation of technical documentation for the urban park and construction of the roofing over the audience area in the amphitheatre.
For the efficient implementation of the "Program", both parties to the project concluded an "Agreement for sustainable cross-border tourism." The Joint Committee for Sustainable Tourism was also established, with the aim to coordinate and monitor the implementation of both documents. The agreement also includes the work regulations and a plan for the activities of the Committee, which at the annual meetings will analyse the progress made in the implementation of common decisions also after completion of the project.


The roofing over the audience area in the amphitheatre in the city park in Hajnówka.