Fennoscandian Green Belt
The Fennoscandian Green Belt project was working on making the activities of the visitor centres in the protected areas uniform and modern, while observing the special features of each area.
Measures were taken by the project in Finland:
- The exhibitions provided by the visitor centres of the Oulanka and Koli National Parks are revamped.
- The exhibition provided by the Nature Information Hut at Petkeljärvi National Park is revamped.
- A travelling exhibition on Finnish forest reindeer is set up in the Friendship Park at the Petola Visitor Centre, Kuhmo, and the AV equipment of Petola's current exhibition are upgraded.
- The infrastructure (such as the hiking trails, their structures and the signposts and information boards provided along the trails) for nature-based tourism are revamped. The project renovated a total of about ten kilometres of duckboards and other structures along the hiking trails.
- The accommodation and service buildings at Oulanka Camping Ground are modernised in order to better serve the disabled. The area’s sewer networks are repaired.
- The signposts along the Karhunkierros Trail are improved, a new campfire site is built by the Kiutaköngäs Rapids and other structures along the trail are repaired.
- Duckboards and signposts are improved on the Itäraja Hiking Route in Kalevala Park, Hossa.
- A new winter outdoor trail is established in the Friendship Park, Kuhmo, close to the border between Finland and Russia.
Measures were taken by the project in Russia:
- The exhibitions provided by the visitor centres of Paanajärvi National Park and the Kostomuksha Strict Nature Reserve are revamped.
- Duckboards in Paanajärvi National Park in the areas of Kivakkatunturi Fell and the River Astervajoki are renovated.
- The main building (destroyed in the war) of the former Finnish farm Arola is rebuilt.
- A new service building is constructed by the park’s main gate.
- The Fairytale Forest Trail in the Kostomuksha Strict Nature Reserve is renovated.
- New campfire sites are built along the Peddlers’ Trail, by Lake Kivijärvi, at the Akonlahti cultural heritage site and in a local park in the town of Kostomuksha.
- The first signposted hiking trails and campfire sites in the history of Kalevalsky National Park are scheduled to be implemented in the landscape of the Kalevala in the area of Venehjärvi. The information boards are written in the metre of the Kalevala.
The national parks of Oulanka and Paanajärvi; Kalevala Park and the Friendship Park in Kainuu; Kostomuksha Strict Nature Reserve; Kalevalsky National Park as well as the national parks Koli and Petkeljärvi were participating in this project.
The total budget for the Fennoscandian Green Belt - Welfare from Sustainable Cross Border Nature and Culture Tourism project was 2,533,000 euros. The project ran until the end of 2014.