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On Thursday, November 23, 2023, an event was held at Zlatar on the occasion of the official start of the “Joint Actions for the Development of Rural Tourism” project. In the opening remarks, the president of the municipality of Nova Varoš, Radosav Vasiljević, as well as the director of the Tourism Organization of Western
Within the project financed through the US Embassy in Podgorica, within the Small grants Program of Democratic Commission, we have the honor to present our new publication ‘Invisible Women of Montenegro’. It has been our intention to present to the public successful examples of women in rural tourism, so that other rural women would
Due to the obvious ambiguity and confusion that arises with various partners, donors and suppliers in Montenegro and abroad, we are obliged to clarify the situation regarding the Regional Tourism Organization Bjelasica and Komovi, and our organization called the Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije . These two organizations have a similar name,
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Fly Fishing Districts
Botanical Garden Velemun
Biking TrailsThe mountainous landscape in which the Regional Development Agency operates is dominated by the mountains of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije. The whole area is ideal for fans of active holiday, which represents a sustainable tourism offer of this type of destinations.
Up to date, the Agency has marked and signposted over one thousand kilometers of regional and local biking trails and prepared promotional materials for these trails. The Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development recognizes the Agency as the reliable partner for this type of activities and has co-financed some of the trails and also financed production of part of promotional materials.
Cultural RoutesThe region of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije had a turbulent history and it is a place where various different cultures have interacted which is testified by numerous cultural and historical monuments. In order to preserve this resource and utilize it to enhance the touristic offer of the region we have created the cultural routes in all municipalities, assembling the most important and valuable monuments that we have.
This is one of the first examples of valorization of cultural and historical resources for the purposes of tourism in the region. Along with the brochures that present the cultural routes, each point of the cultural route was marked with info boards that provide full information about the specific place.
Fly Fishing DistrictsThe mountainous region of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije is rich in water, streams, rivers and lakes. The fish population was devastated over the last decades but efforts were made in recent time to restore it and to preserve particular zones. The Regional Development Agency cooperating with the active fishing clubs has established 8 fly fishing districts in the region at rivers Tara, Lim, Bistrica, Kuckaja, Zlorecica, Ljuca and Ljubovidja.
The fish population was renewed with the autochthonous river trout, the districts were marked with pictograms and info boards, the resting areas were set up and the ranger service was provided with the equipment.
Rural TourismIn the context of connecting the agriculture and the tourism, Regional Development Agency was practically the first to actively work on the development of the rural tourism. The most attractive locations and the best households were selected and provided with support in refurbishing of the houses, promotion and capacity building.
The Agency provides support to the interested households possessing the potentials for development of the rural tourism in preparation of the applications for the funds that support development of this sector. Such was the case of the family Kljajic that has applied for funding at the Rockfeller foundation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well at the Agency, and has refurbished their old traditional house and adapted it to offer services of accommodation and dining.
Botanical Garden VelemunMr. Milutin Prascevic from Brezojevice near Plav has spent years building up of the botanical fund in his botanical garden which he has set up near to his house on the spot that previously used to be a waste dump.
With the support of the Regional Development Agency the garden was improved and made more appealing for visitors, the promotional brochures were created, and the household of Prascevic was supported in preparation of the application for the donators with aim of creating conditions for rural tourism that would generate incomes for sustainable functioning of the garden.
NP ProkletijeThe region of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije has the extraordinary natural resources and it is no wonder that two national parks are situated here – Biogradska Gora and Prokletije, while there are ongoing preparations for establishing of the regional Nature Park Komovi. As the protected zones represent the driver of the sustainable development, the Agency since its very foundation has set the cooperation with the national parks as one of its main priorities.
The National Park Prokletije is the youngest, founded in 2009 and since the very beginning it was strongly supported by the Agency, through the development of the tourism offer, building of the visitor’s centre, equipping of the offices and entrance points, training of staff etc.
Women EntrepreneurshipWomen in the rural areas of the region represent a significant economic resource that is not fully utilized. For that reason, the Agency has been working with female entrepreneurs to develop their business skills, provided them with support to enhance the quality of their products and services and to promote their activities.
The aim of the Agency was to empower the women in rural areas economically which would strengthen their role in the society and in their families. The major part of these activities was conducted by the Agency in the territory of municipalities Mojkovac and Kolasin. The guide for opening of the firm was created, the fair was organized, and the media coverage provided in order to improve their visibility in Montenegrin society.
Youth EntrepreneurshipThrough one of its cross-border projects, the Agency has set up cooperation with 5 secondary schools from the region with aim of transferring the entrepreneur skills to the students.
The Agency has organized a fair for young entrepreneurs, a camp, training for the teachers, workshops for the students, supported the work of the student’s firms, and with the partners from Serbia jointly prepared the study on introducing the entrepreneurship studies in the program of the secondary schools. The fair was one of the highlights of the project where around 200 students from Serbia and Montenegro have presented their student’s companies and their activities.
Regional BrandingRegional Development Agency in the spring of 2011 started off the activities of the project named “Regional branding of the agricultural products from the region of Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije”. The goal of this project was to create network of the best producers of typical mountainous products, households that remained in the villages with agriculture as their primary source of incomes, to support them to brand their products in the best way and offer it to the strongest market in Montenegro – Podgorica.
We were not looking for the largest producers, but for those that have excess in production, but still produce in the traditional and healthy way, giving advantage to quality over the quantity. Many of our producers are currently in the procedure of certifying of the organic production, and some are already certified. Bearing all this in mind, we have found a partner in Podgorica, market Bonella, whose owners recognized all the advantages of the domestic product.
Our job was to find the producers, engage photographers, designers, authors, to design a promotional campaign, labels and packages, to connect the producers with the byers – in short that was the scope of this project.
TOURISM PROMOTIONRegional Development Agency is actively working with its partners on the active promotion of the overall touristic offer in the region. For that reason, the Agency has supported the local tourism organizations from 5 municipalities of the region in preparation of their web sites.
Since the tourism organizations of Andrijevica and Bijelo Polje are the youngest in the region, with aim of successful representation of their offer in the tourist fairs, the Agency has financed design and print of their touristic catalogues.
RESPONSIBLE INNOVATIONS IN PROKLETIJE AREA
Video prepared within project Responsible Innovations, funded by EU through South East Europe Programme, and implemented by Regional Development Agency for Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije in Motenegro.
RDA is recipient of Wild Beauty award for 2013, for the contributions to development of tourism offer in Bjelasica, Komovi and Prokletije region. This award is given by National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro, and the ceremony is organised under patronage of President of Montenegro.
WILD BEAUTY 2013Budva, Hotel Splendid
Wild Beauty award for RDA, this time for the film People from the Cursed mountains, produced within Responsible Innovations project. The award was also given for the best rural household in tourism to Kljajic family, which is one of the families mentored by the RDA.