There are several important stakeholders in the region:
- Municipality of Devin
- SPA resort and luxury hotels (4 in the city, and 3 of them are part of the cluster)
- Hotels and guest houses (1 hotel is part of the cluster)
- Mineral water Devin, bottling company
- Biokeis shop for organic products
- Hunter Fisherman Association
In the MOVE-IT project, Time Foundation was responsible for the coaching of 2 clusters in Bulgarian, adapting the cluster toolkit to Bulgarian and the organisation of trainings for tourism agents in Bulgaria.
The city of Devin is situated in the heart of the Rhodope Mountain in the south central part of Bulgaria. The municipality of Devin is covering 575 sq. km. Devin is a popular tourist destination.
There is an abundance of hot springs (where the temperature varies from 16º to 76 ºС) and hence spa resorts in the area. The region was known in antiquity for the healing properties of its mineral springs. The waters have been claimed to treat and heal a variety of maladies.
There are two popular brands of mineral water that are bottled in the region – one is being sold under the name Devin and the other one under the name Myhalkovo (a village in the vicinity).
The situation of Devin offers access to nearby gorges, rock formations, caves, forests, natural reserves with protected and endemic species, and most of all, clean air, as the altitude of the city is 710 m. Devin's climate is described as having mild winters, cool summers with prolonged spells of sunny days. The air is pleasantly cool and crisp and humidity is normal. Devin is protected from cold and violent westerly and northwesterly winds due to the ridges that surround the town.
Around 13 000 people are leaving in the Devin municipality (the city and 15 villages), of them almost 7 000 are living in the city of Devin.
The strategy of the municipality of Devin for the region's development is the only official document facing the problems and future opportunities for Devin.
Some of the main problems in the field of environment are:
Water – 20% of the water supply network is still uncompleted, 53% losses of water supply network.
Sewerage network – in most of the places of the region there is a sewerage network but there is no waste water treatment plant on the territory of the region.
Boundaries and Certifications
SMEs implement an environmental management system with EMAS. If price is not right, only those willing to pay are going to obtain certification. The rest will share common objectives, and implement light environmental management systems, without certification.