„For the reserve to take part in this competition, certain conditions must be fulfilled and, in our opinion, the Danube Delta has all the chances to be one of the European Destinations of Excellence. But we shall make the final decision in autumn this year,” ARBDD spokesperson Liliana Ivancenco told.
This year’s subject of the EDEN project competition is „Tourism and Protected Areas,” the competition being meant for the protected areas as well as for their neighbouring zones where a viable tourist product developed on the basis of the status of a protected area by respecting the environment and the needs of the local people and tourists.
Currently there are three main categories of protected areas in Romania, that is the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, 13 national parks and 13 nature reserves.
Covering an area of about 580,000 hectares and having over 5,000 species of animals and plants, the Danube Delta is the third area in the world as regards biodiversity after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.