RCIN and OZwRCIN projects

Search for: [Abstract = "For some time, a number of changes – caused by both internal and external factors – have been observed in rural areas. These mostly lead to modifying existing functions of the village. A typical model of agricultural village is becoming less common. Livelihood is more often provided by non\-agricultural activities. These generate new jobs, integrate residents, interfere with the surrounding, and in many cases completely change the image of the village and the way it is being perceived. Villages are becoming active, innova tive and creative. Ideas concern both economic as well as social activities and contribute to the rapid development of tourist and recreational values of the region. One of the new functions of the village, which in the recent years has become more popular is establishing thematic villages. A well\-conceived leitmotif can bring benefits to both residents who find new jobs and additional source of income for themselves, as well as tourists who now have the opportunity of spending their free time in a more attractive way. It also fosters ecological education of children and youth who may learn about the surrounding nature. Rural space may also benefit, while their conscious residents will cultivate tradition and local culture respecting spatial order. The aim of the research was to examine the role that the new non\-agricultural function – thematic village plays in the development of rural areas of the Lower Silesia and their potential contribution in promoting educational tourism in the region. The research method was based on the analysis of source literature and statistical data contained in the registration books, as well as on surveys with rural leaders and analysis of available offers of selected thematic villages."]

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