Launch of VIMOMA project
The first workshop will be held at the beginning of September.
About "VIMOMA" project
The natural environment brings a range of benefits such as relaxation, health and socialising. Protected areas have always been popular destinations all over the world, however, the increasing number of visitors can easily lead to the overloading of sensitive areas. The ‘Experience design and nature conservation via VIsitor MOnitoring and MAnagement in protected areas - VIMOMA’ project supported by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) aims to address this issue both in the V4 and WB regions.
The VIMOMA project was officially launched at the online kick-off meeting on the 28th of June. The project aims to connect researchers and relevant stakeholders to make protected areas more efficient in nature conservation and visitor management by developing a framework methodology for visitor monitoring and management — an approach which is neither widespread nor much used throughout the V4 and WB regions. To achieve the VIMOMA project’s goals workshops will be held to educate protected area managers on visitor monitoring tools and methodologies while also a guideline book will be developed to support all stakeholders in the implementation of visitor monitoring management.
The official launch of the project
The kick-off meeting was opened by Joanna Hibner, the representative of the Jagiellonian University, who welcomed the partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia. The opening session was followed by the presentation of the lead partner on the technical and administrative processes. The consortium also agreed on the updated timing of the workshops due in 2022, while also discussing the long-term tasks of the project implementation.
The first workshop will be held at the beginning of September, where protected area managers will be trained on visitor surveys, as an essential tool for identifying motivations and perceptions of natural and recreational area visitors.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.