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Innovative solutions for accessible – socially inclusive product of tourism development in Latvian municipalities

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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Project Measure (2009-2014)

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Aim of Project: To promote social inclusion and reduce inequality by developing accessible environment in Latvia. To develop basic social services and promote social integration for people with reduced mobility. In Project is planned to develop basic social services and accessibility, by promoting socially excluded people with mobility problems to access all kind of places, events and objects in Latvian municipalities. Also project will develop access and information about accessible tourism routes and transport. Secondary aim of this project is to encourage other Latvian municipalities to make similar projects and to develop better social services for people with limited mobility.
Target group: Persons with limited mobility, that includes: new families with small children and new mothers, people with movement disabilities, people with visual and hearing disturbance, seniors, and people with temporary invalidity.
Location of project: Jurmala municipality, Tukums municipality, Aluksne municipality.
Main activities: 1) project practice group establishment; 2) Identifying objects of tourism in every municipality. 3) Evaluation of objects and development of reccomendations. 4) Developing tourism routes and testing. 5) Adaptation of 3 objects for people with mobility problems. 6) Educational semnars for employees of tourism industry about people with movement disabilities. 7) Information gathering for municipalities home pages. 8) Events of publicity.

Project results: Project is aimed at equel rights to travel around Latvia for everyone. The project was implementedin close cooperation with project partners- Jurmala municipality, Tukums municipality, Aluksne municipality, organisation "Pieejama Latvija" and Norvegian organisation "STOPP DISKRIMINIERENG".
Project is contributing to the implementation of UN CRPD Latvia, by promoting the rights of people with disabilities to enjoy the culture, tourism and participate in all activities of daily life. Project has improved environment for people with reduced mobility, thus fulfilling the government"s commitment to meet Convention claims.
Project has improved environment for people with reduced mobility and summarised recommendations and conclusions to local authorities for futher improvements. One of the projects goals is to improve the communication with local authorities,and to encoutange private sector to improve accessibility of environment of their servises. Special seminars were organised to show that accessibility is not only human rights of people with reduced mobility but also has positive economic background.
The main target groups of the project are - young mothers and families, people with physical disabilities and people with visual and hearing disabilities, seniors, and people with temporary disabilities who have limited mobility.
As results of the projct many activities were implemented.
Evaluation of all selected tourism object 01.10.2014-31.05.2015 has been made. As result of the evaluation expert opinions were prepared. The opinion includes information about the level of the accessibility of each object as well as the recimmendations to make it even more accessible.
Accessibility of 3 tourism objects in each municipality was improved or adapted, to make the access to them easier to people with reduced mobility. All information about accessible tourism objects and also about accessible tourism routs was included in the webpage of each municipality.

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2013.EEZ/PP/1/MEC/041
Project approval date: 09.07.2014.
Project contract date: 26.09.2014.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: Fundation „Fund-Jurmala for people”
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Name of project partner: Nodibinājums „Pieejama Latvija”,Jūrmalas pilsētas dome,Tukuma novada dome,Alūksnes novada pašvaldība,"Pārtraukt diskrimināciju"
Place(s) of implementation: Jūrmala
Project implementation region(s): Vidzemes region,Zemgales region,Whole Latvia
Project duration, months: 15
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 48997.42 EUR / 34 435.58 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 41892.80 EUR / 29 442.43 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 2204.88 EUR / 1 549.60 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 4899.74 EUR / 3 443.56 LVL;
Legal address: Jelgavas iela 8, Jūrmala, LV-2010
Phone No.: 29586294
Fax: n/a
Website: www.fondsjc.lv

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