Rowmania, initiative by Ivan Patzaichin, gold medalist in 5 Olympic Games.
The Romanian canoe champion strongly believes such an international movement is poised to properly support ecotourism. If you plan to enjoy and protect nature, why wouldn’t you try rowing, a healthy and gratifying alternative to high speed trips that are currently turning peaceful rivers into noisy boulevards.
Rowmania is the brand of the Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23 Association, which develops tourism products like Patzaikin brand, social entrepreneurship programs, campaigns for rowing, and sustainable development programs in protected natural areas.
The movement was launched in April 2011, when Ivan Patzaichin launched a rowing boat with a new and unique design – the canotca, the “waters’ bicycle”. Events for Romanian and foreign tourists will follow, with a focus on activities that support the people and traditions in the Danube Delta. Everything with the aim to promote Romania, as genuine and lively as she can be witnessed during a boat stroll.
The Rowmania project is developed by the “Ivan Patzaichin Mila 23 Association”.
The association is named after Ivan Patzaichin’s home village, Mila 23 from Danube Delta, and takes on the mission to offer the Delta and its inhabitants the attention they need in order to preserve their traditions and protect a pristine habitat.
The association aims at protecting the natural and cultural biodiversity of water areas in Romania. To this end, besides designing the Rowmania movement, it endorses social entrepreneurship programs that support, through know-how and investments, the Danube Delta underdeveloped areas and the natural parks in Romania.
The Association’s objectives are:
• to implement ecotourism projects and programs for a fulfilling outdoor experience;
• to create programs and strategies bound to improving the quality of life and enhancing development opportunities for communities in protected areas;
• to protect, promote and support the development of the natural, historical, archaeological and multicultural patrimony