Amazon of Europe Bike Trail: 6th S-COM Meeting

21. Dec. 2020

It was a thoroughly successful premiere, which nevertheless is not expected to be repeated any time soon: Due to the Corona pandemic, the 6-S-COM meeting for the Amazon of Europe Bike Trail took place on June 9 and 10 by video conference.

A premiere that will hopefully remain the exception: Due to Covid-19, the Steering Committee Meeting for the Amazon of Europe Bike Trail could only take place digitally. ©Trail Angels

Originally, it was planned that this conference would take place in Apatin (Serbia) for the first time. Our project partners from the city of Apatin spared no effort to create the optimal conditions for this international meeting. It was therefore a great disappointment that due to the Corona pandemic the event had to take place not in Apatin, but in the form of a video conference. However, we are already looking forward to the S-COM meeting in Apatin, which will now take place in May 2021.
Panoramaweg Südalpen Sonnenuntergang
Postponed is not canceled: Apatin, this pearl on the Danube with its magnificent Orthodox Cathedral will now host the S-Com Meeting in May 2021. ©Wikipedia
Our experience with an international video conference: Better than expected! Under the moderation of our lead partner ISKRIVA, we were able to work through all work packages and set the course for the coming months.

Nevertheless, in the long run, video conferences cannot really replace physical meetings, as the “Amazon of Europe” project thrives on encounters, the resulting team spirit and mutual understanding.

Panoramaweg Südalpen Sonnenuntergang
Video conferences cannot replace physical meetings. Because this is where the “Spirit of Europe” develops: 4th S-COM Meeting in Sveti Martin na Muri (Croatia) in February this year, even before the Corona Lockdown ©ISKRIVA
However, based on the developments of the last weeks, we are optimistic that the 7th S-COM meeting in September 2020 will be a physical one again. And that will be in Lenti, in Hungary. We are already looking forward to it!
The Amazon of Europe Bike Trail is supported by the funds of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme (project code DTP2-002-2.2).

Author

Günter Mussnig

The geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, who are responsible for the online platform Bookyourtrail.com. As a trekking & outdoor freak, he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.

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