European Regional Development Fund
The aim of the GEOTOP project is to develop and implement new services in the Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark and the Bükk Region Geopark. We consider it important to expand the geotourism network and to train professionally educated tour guides and geotourism specialists, therefore the partners provide a training package for tourism service providers and professionals interested in guided tours in order to expand their services. The training package includes general knowledge (on geology, accident prevention, cultural history, biology) and area-specific modules.
The two geotourism networks operating in the Geopark area will be connected by a newly created cross-border study trail, approx. 7 km of hiking trails will be marked and painted, information boards and a rest area will be set up, which in overall will increase the number of visitors to the geoparks in the new location. A total of 70 geotopes, geologically interesting points, will be prepared, which are located in the two Geoparks and on the newly established cross-border hiking trail. The points will be recorded and searchable through a mobile application.
We will assess the condition of the study trails on the Slovak side of the Novohrad-Nógrád Geopark and the study trails in the 4 priority areas of the Geopark in the Bükk region. A summary report with photos and maps will be prepared, in order to present the condition of surveyed trails. We will renovate the study trails in 4 areas of the Bükk Region Geopark (cleaning the trail, painting, renovating the boards) and will create an interactive study trail on one of these.
We will exchange experiences through study tours for teachers and professionals, as well as business and professional forums in both countries.
On top of that, through a joint promotional activity, we would like to present both geoparks by producing publications and maps.