Interakcia Foundation coordinated the projects in Belarus.
Bella Dvina 2 – € 1 789 387, EU’s contribution – € 1 610 448 (90%);
Bella Dvina – € 562 372, EU’s contribution – € 486 892 (90%).
The projects were funded by the European Union under the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 (Bella Dvina 2) and Baltic Sea Region INTERREG IIIB – Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG IIIA – Priority South (Bella Dvina).
Location: Vitebsk region (northern Belarus), Latgale (Latvia), and Aukštaitija (Lithuania).
A land with a poetic name Bella Dvina is where the marvellous Dvina–Daugava river flows. This river has been known since ancient times owing to the legendary trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. It begins in Russia, flows through the Vitebsk region in Belarus, and, changing its address and name in Latvia, runs through the Latgale region into the Baltic Sea.
During the Bella Dvina project we, together our Belarusian and Latvian partners, offered tourists a chance to explore new routes around the amazing natural, historical and architectural sites of this area.
And two years later, during the Bella Dvina 2 project, we were joined by our colleagues from Lithuania to continue improving tourist infrastructure and promoting tourist services not only of the Bella Dvina region, but also of the adjoining Country of Lakes. This tourist destination is located on the territory of the Latgale region in Latvia and Aukštaitija region in Lithuania.
Projects under the common brand ‘Bella’ are still being implemented in the border regions of Belarus and Latvia.