Case Study Category: IMC
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The Horezu Depression Association was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Mayors of Horezu and the neighboring commune of Vaideeni. The Association was actually built on the structure of an earlier attempt to cooperate in 1994 but abandoned in 1996. The initial concept for cooperation was based on (a) inspiration drawn from some French examples of IMC, (b) information obtained via the affiliation of the Horezu municipality to the Romanian Association of Towns (AOR), and (c) cooperation with the Bucharest-based NGO (Partners for Local Development Foundation (FPDL). The IMC objectives are:
- Development of tourism infrastructure.
- Reinforcement of strategic planning and institutional development.
- Development of emergency services.
• Lack of cooperation.
The main direct benefit for member municipalities has been the possibility to promote projects they had no financial and staff capacity to promote on their own. The main direct benefits for the citizens have been:
- Improved emergency services.
- The increase of tourism in the area resulting from the development of local tourism-related businesses (e.g., small hotels and private accommodation to let).
Several projects have been initiated, promoted, and implemented jointly. Cooperation started with small scale projects, such as:
-The installation of route indicators providing information on all tourism sites in the region.
-The affiliation of the Horezu Depression Association to the National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) and the participation of the Association’s representatives in tourism fairs all over Europe.
-Training local businessmen in eco-tourism and marketing eco-tourism activities in partnership with a local NGO.