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Three Cultures Ecomuseum in Lutowiska (Green Bicycle – East Carpathian Greenway)


The ecomuseum has been established in Lutowisko, but links into many different community-based initiatives from across the whole Bieszczady mountains as well as Ukrainian and Slovak border regions. Multi-culture is the organizing theme for the ecomuseum, and refers back to pre-World War Two times, when Lutowisko had Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish populations. The ecomuseum seeks to protect and use historical and natural heritage resources to create jobs through ecotourism and local heritage product initiatives. The ecomuseum provides a focus for bringing together local people, public agencies and businesses around joint action that contributes to sustainable development of the area. Another benefit relates to educational opportunities for children, youth and adults, as well as encouraging local residents and visitors to learn about and value different cultures, traditions and religions.

The first stage of the ecomuseum involved organizing a team and identifying a leader. An initiative group was formed in the Lutowisko school, which organized training and workshops to develop a concept for the ecomuseum and inventory natural and cultural heritage resources, as well as prepare local guides and other people interested in making the ecomuseum a reality. The ecomuseum currently comprises a 13 km educational trail, 14 heritage sites, which include a schoolyard arboretum, a Jewish cemetery, site of an orthodox church, Greek-catholic cemetery, several Boyko wooden houses, ruins of a synagogue, old Polish and Jewish schools, viewpoints and habitats of Bieszczady plants and animals.

The ecomuseum also includes permanent and temporary exhibitions, a gallery and a shop selling local Bieszczady products, accommodation and places specialising in local cusine. The ecomuseum can be visited with a trained guide on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. Visitors can also experience the Bieszczady culture more directly by taking part in artistic workshops and local events. The Three Cultures Ecomuseum received was accredited by the Bieszczady Environmental Partnership Foundation as part of the Green Bicycle in 2005.The official launch took place on 22 September 2006.

Information on tourist and educational opportunities at the ecomuseum can be obtained from the Lutowisko Information Centre (at the Lutowisko Local Government office: tel: +48-13-461 03 13). Information about the Three Cultures Museum can be found on www.lutowiska.com/ekomuzeum and also on a dedicated site: www.trzykultury.pl.

 



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Photos, text: Dominika Zareba, Valeria Klitsounova, Elena Vetrova, Tsimur Kroll | Drawings: Iwona Siwek-Front
Project "Greenways for Belarus", implemented by the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation and the "Agro and Ecotourism" Association, is financed thanks to the support from the Program of Polish Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2006.
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