Ivan Patzaichin, canoe multiple olympic and world champion, is one of the most important Romanian all time sports men and the most famous sport men coming from the region of the Danube Delta. He was also the coach of the Romanian Olympic team for kayak-canoe until 2010. Ivan Patzaichin is promoting eco-friendly discovery of nature and local communities, focusing especially on the Danube Delta but not only. He founded the cultural association “Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23” focused on social entrepreneurship. The association supports Rowmania initiative, promoting alternative and original ways for tourism on rivers through the non-invasive rowing. The aim of this originally crafted eco tourism is to make visible the connection between nature and local communities.
Ivan Patzaichin is an actively supporting durable development and community based creative ideas for development such as eco-design, eco-art and eco-tourism. He is also the organizer of the Rowboats International Festival based in Tulcea.