Regional Development Agency Šumava, o. p. s.
 

 Regional development agency Šumava o.p.s., logo
Head Office :
384 73 Stachy 206, P.O.Box 25

Telephone, Fax :
+420 388 428 242
E-mail:
rrasumava@iol.cz

Branch Offices :

382 79 Frymburk 5
Tel / Fax: +420 380 735 121
Mobil: +420 604 205 705
E-mail: lubosk@iol.cz

342 01 Sušice, Klostermannova 255/I
Tel / Fax: +420 376 523 655

At a time when the Czech Republic is preparing itself for entrance into the European Union, the role that development agencies play in this process has been gaining importance. Many organizations have been established over the past two years: the Regional Development Agency in Plzeň in the Western Bohemian Region, the Regional Development Agency in České Budějovice for the Southern Bohemian Region and the Regional Development Agency Šumava in Stachy for the Šumava Region.
While the first two of the above-mentioned agencies were established rather recently and their geographic areas of activity roughly correspond to the new divisions of the country called higher territorial administrative units, the Regional Development Agency Šumava has been in operation since 1997 and serves an area which is more typical of regions defined by Phare, which means, an area which borders with Germany and/or Austria. The Regional Development Agency Šumava therefore serves the following four districts: Domažlice, Klatovy, Prachatice and Český Krumlov.
Though the Regional Development Agency (RDA) Šumava was established at the end of 1996 with assistance from the Phare Program and from the initiative of the Šumava municipalities, employees of the agency began to receive training by foreign experts, such as the Austrian company šAR Regionalbertatung, the English LRDP, the Irish Shannon Development, etc. as early as the summer of 1995. From the establishment of the agency the communities hoped for a flow of financial resources into the region from the European Union, service and consultation in the application for state grants, procurement of other financial resources, and the processing of development programs and projects, etc.
Since the time of its establishment, the agency has focused on the Phare program, which has been realizing projects in the Czech Republic through the Ministry of Regional Development since 1995. RDA Šumava has taken part in the application of a number of Phare “large” projects and in the realization of the Phare program’s Small Projects Fund in the region. The first two funds were released into the Šumava Region in autumn of 1997, and were followed in the summer of 1998 by an additional two funds which are presently near completion. In the four rounds of the Small Project Fund that have been completed, or that are still in the process of completion in the Šumava Region, more than 300 projects (with an approximate total value of 23 million crowns) have been realized . Currently, there are two new Small Projects Funds, which will bring in a further 21 million crowns into the region. The RDA Šumava is already prepared for the management of these funds.
Since the beginning of its operation, RDA Šumava has justified its existence. As a result of its initiative new bike paths have been built in Šumava, new promotional and informational material has been created, significant cross-border exchange activities and folk festivals have been financed. The development of cross-border cooperation and tourism are the main aims of its work. In the process of integration into Europe the RDA Šumava has an irreplaceable role in Šumava.

What have we been involved in?

In 1996:
Cooperation in the creation and publishing of “The Development of a Concept of Tourism in Šumava”
The application to Phare Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) Program for the year 1997 for the municipality of Borová Lada—reconstruction and strengthening of technical infrastructure
The application of a project to the Phare CBC for the year 1997 for the municipality of Běšiny- development of tourism in the Western Bohemian Šumava Foothills
The application of the Phare CBC Program for the year 1997 for the development of a center for the support of enterprise in Sušice
The establishment of the Association of Quality Restaurants of Šumava
Assistance in the accession of funds from the Rural Renewal Program for the municipality Kolinec
The arrangement of a series of various seminars for accountants

In 1997:
Preparation of the feasibility study EIA Phare project for the year 1997 for the municipality Borová Lada—reconstruction and strengthening of technical infrastructure
Preparation of the feasibility study EIA Phare project 1997 for the municipality Běšiny- tourism development in the Western Bohemian Šumava Foothills
Management of the Small Projects Fund in the Šumava Region for the Phare program 1996—function as Secretary, processing of the proposed projects presented in the 1st and 2nd rounds (1997/1998)
Gained membership into the European Association of the Development Agencies EURADA
Secure the selection of an operator for the quarry that belongs to the municipality of Kolinec
Organization of a series of various seminars (accounting training, the possibilities of the Leonardo da Vinci Program, Civic Forum Český Krumlov

In 1998:
Management of the Small Projects Fund in the Šumava Region for the Phare Program 1997- serve function of Secretary; carried out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds of project proposals (1998/1999)
Cooperation in the realization of the project “Indicators of Sustainable Development for Český Krumlov”, which is supported by a grant from NROS
Application to the EU program Ecos-Overture—Rural tourist information system for Šumava
Participation in the preparation and publication of the promotional material Euroregion Šumava and District Authorities in the framework of the program Small Projects Fund “Šumava- Czech forest”
Preparation of the management of the Phare CBC Program project for 1997-- “Sušice-Center for the Support of Enterprise”
Technical assistance to the municipality Borová Lada in the realization of the Phare CBC 1997 project “Borová Lada – Reconstruction and Strengthening of Technical Infrastructure”
Participation in the development of the Regional Development Strategy of the future Plzeň VUSC (higher territorial unit) including participation in the Regional Coordination Group and the Regional Working Group
Initiation of the preparation of the bicycle path project in the district Klatovy for the city of Sušice in connecting new and existing bicycle paths and application of project to the Phare CBC Program

In 1999:
Processing of the bicycle paths project in district Prachatice for the City of Kubová Huť in the connection of new and existing bicycle paths and the application of the project to the Rural Renewal Program
Establishment of the Volary Micro-region, development of a concept for the development of tourism in the micro-region
Involvement of the municipality of Běšiny to the Rural Renewal Program
Technical assistance to the municipality of Borová Lada in the realization of the Phare CBC 1997 project “Borová Lada—Reconstruction and Strengthening of Technical Infrastructure”
Participation in the development of the Regional Development Strategy of the future Plzeň VUSC (higher territorial unit) including the participation in the Regional Coordination Group and the Regional Working Group
Participation in the development of the “Framework of a Concept of the Phare Program—Interreg III” for the period 2000-2006 in the Šumava Region
Establishment of the foundations for the certificate ECEAT and presentation of accommodation establishments for rural and eco-tourism in the catalog “Green Holidays Guide” for the 2000 season
Cooperation on the project “Center for Continuing Education in the Field of Craftsmanship and Monument Care” from the EU fund INTERREG
Creation of a working group for the development of tourism in Šumava in cooperation with the Czech Center of Tourism (ČCCR)
Management of the Small Projects Fund in the Šumava Region for the Phare Program 1998 –function as secretary in the processing of the 1st round of presented project proposals (1999/2000)
Management of the Phare CBC Program 1997 “Sušice- Center for Enterprise Support“
Organization of the publishing of a bilingual text book for elementary schools in the framework of the Small Projects Fund “Šumava Without Borders”
Cooperation on the project “90th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Czech Minority School in Vimperk“
Creation of the Regional Information System for the Šumava Region in connection with the state-wide Regional Information System in coordination with the Czech Ministry for Regional Development

Further information :
Directory of non-profit organizations in Český Krumlov Region
Map of non-profit organizations in the Český Krumlov Region
Civil sector in the Český Krumlov Region

 



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