Reply To: Sustainable tourism in natural areas with disused buildings due to climatechange

Todorka AtanasovaTodorka Atanasova

Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is interested in joining your consortium.

VEDA (, is an NGO that operates in public benefit on the territory of Varna region in Bulgaria.

We have participated in multinational projects funded under the EU H2020 Program, JOP “Black Sea Basin 2014-2020”, Danube Transnational Program, Erasmus+, etc., providing research, consultancy, training, and organization of a variety of events.

Our expertise is in the area of cultural and rural tourism; eco- and social innovation; modernization of agricultural sector; blue economy; revitalization of urban and industrial areas. We can deliver support for SMEs and start-ups as well as training & mentoring services.

Concerning cultural tourism there are lots of disused buildings and crumbling monuments as a result of the impact of climate change, located in small settlements in Varna region. These settlements are with poor livelihoods, depopulated or with tendencies people to migrate to bigger cities due to lack of job opportunities. Improving access to the monuments and their renovation will enable the creation of alternative eco-paths and new tourist routes of cultural and historical heritage. In this way, an increase in tourist flow and the creation of new jobs will be sought, including by promoting alternative initiatives for rural tourism along the routes (craft workshops, traditional customs for the region, dishes of national cuisine, etc.).

Contact person: Todorka Dimitrova, VEDA Director –