EU funded projects in BiH

Establishing the Via Dinarica - a Preface to Regional Cooperation Platform.

PROJECT DETAILS

Sectors Regional and territorial cooperation
EU Acquis chapters Other issues
Programme Funding Year 2007
Value €50,026
Periods of implementation 2011
Locations GACKO, KALINOVIK, FOČA

Results

1. A new cross-border tourism offer that links small towns and rural communities along the initial Via Dinarica Route identified and established. The offer links 38 small towns and rural communities along the initial Via Dinarica Route has been identified and established. With the development of cross-border biking and hiking trails, a common base for further development was set up. The biking trail is 100 km long, while the hiking trail is 212 km long and connect the national parks Durmitor in Montenegro and Sutjeska in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Both trails are established during the project and their maintenance is ensured after the project life cycle. 2. The linkages were created and experience exchanged among the stakeholders in the targeted region, improved knowledge and service providers' standards and raised awareness on environmental issues within communities were managed. In order to set a common base for further development, capacity building programmes were conducted and consisted of 4 different trainings which were attended by 34 participants from Montenegro and 21 from Bosnia and Herzegovina out of which 52 participants successfully finished training workshops. 3. The new tourism offer was promoted, thus strengthening visibility of the region. Significant attention was also paid to identification and promotion of tourism service providers along the biking and hiking trails. It offers 63 service providers from 30 local communities in Montenegro and 43 service providers from 8 local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SUMMARY

This project is supporting development of the joint tourism offer under a common regional brand name Via Dinarica through creation and diversification of the tourism products and services in the bordering area of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. This should be the first in a row of the projects under the joint development platform Via Dinarica that will stimulate the interactions between companies and communities from both sides of the border and should lead to many new initiatives with a potential to be rolled out along the whole Central Dinaric Alps. The specific objective of the project is to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between Montenegrin and BiH stakeholders, resulting in creation of the new tourism offer along the initial Via Dinarica Route. By linking small towns and rural communities in the targeted region, raising awareness on good business practices and environmental issues, while creating and promoting the new tourism offer, as well as creating linkages among stakeholders in the targeted region and local and national authorities in two countries - the project aims to initiate economic development that will use sustainable tourism practices as a tool.

RESULTS

1. A new cross-border tourism offer that links small towns and rural communities along the initial Via Dinarica Route identified and established. The offer links 38 small towns and rural communities along the initial Via Dinarica Route has been identified and established. With the development of cross-border biking and hiking trails, a common base for further development was set up. The biking trail is 100 km long, while the hiking trail is 212 km long and connect the national parks Durmitor in Montenegro and Sutjeska in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Both trails are established during the project and their maintenance is ensured after the project life cycle. 2. The linkages were created and experience exchanged among the stakeholders in the targeted region, improved knowledge and service providers' standards and raised awareness on environmental issues within communities were managed. In order to set a common base for further development, capacity building programmes were conducted and consisted of 4 different trainings which were attended by 34 participants from Montenegro and 21 from Bosnia and Herzegovina out of which 52 participants successfully finished training workshops. 3. The new tourism offer was promoted, thus strengthening visibility of the region. Significant attention was also paid to identification and promotion of tourism service providers along the biking and hiking trails. It offers 63 service providers from 30 local communities in Montenegro and 43 service providers from 8 local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.