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					                      Report
      Documentation of all projects
supported by the Small Project Fund (SPF)
               2006 - 2009




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Introduction

                    The Austrian-Montenegrin Partnership (AMP) has been located in Montenegro with the
                    headquarter in Kolašin and branch offices in Berane and Podgorica.
                    The project started in 2004 and ended in October 2009 - however, the very first cooperation
activities were initiated in 2001. During this period Kolasin has been the only town in the area with a tradition of
tourism. The political and economic changes in the former Yugoslavian states in the 1990’s have been enormous.
The mountainous hinterland of Montenegro now provides an ideal natural environment for the development of
tourism, and within the National Park Biogradska Gora there are excellent preconditions for a realistic chance of
future economic development. The project started, virtually from scratch, in 2004 and involves the five
municipalities of Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Kolašin, Mojkovac and the National Park Biogradska Gora.



Projects’ framework

The very general objective has been to launch sustainable tourism development in the rather neglected northern
part of the country in order to enhance environmental protection in a very sensitive mountain area with one of the
oldest National Parks in Europe, and to foster economic development in a first modest approach.
In June 2005, the first regional tourism strategy was presented by all local stakeholders who took part in the
development of the strategy; in June 2006 the five municipalities of the Bjelasica & Komovi Region (Bijelo Polje,
Berane, Andrijevica, Kolašin, and Mojkovac) agreed to found the Regional Tourism Organisation Bjelasica &
Komovi (RTO). The RTO is funded by annual financial contributions from all five municipalities.




The objectives in detail have been:


    1.   Strengthening the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO as the main player in tourism development
    2.   To develop the National Park Biogradska Gora as the highlight of the region
    3.   To introduce sustainable local and regional development strategies as completion to the regional tourism
         strategy
    4.   To promote further development of summer and winter sport activities.
    5.   To transfer experiences and examples of best practice to other parts of the country


The strategy has foreseen a holistic, integrated and a strictly sustainable approach for tourism development where
all products and activities are based on authentic, traditional, and regional resources. From the very first meeting
all activities have been planned and implemented with regional stakeholders.



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The project implementation took place in five specific areas:
    -    Regional Tourism Organisation of the area of Bjelasica & Komovi/RTO
    -    National Parks of Biogradska Gora and Lovćen
    -    Local sustainable development for the five municipalities of the Bjelasica & Komovi region
    -    Regional sustainable development of the area of Bjelasica & Komovi
    -    Mountain Tourism activities



Our Funding 2004 – 2009

Project budget (consultancy, offices, personal etc)                          1 700 000   Austrian government
Small Project Fund                                                           1 200 000   Austrian government
                                                                               500 000   Montenegrin government
                                                                               100 000   Municipalities, national parks
                                                                                15 000   Sponsoring, advertisements


Activities

Activities and projects have been developed in a step by step strategy. Each step or phase of the project is
handled (planed, organised and implemented) as a single project. So each single activity could be better
understood as a single project but also in the context of the entire project.
For example, the development of trend sport activities as part of tourism development:

Needs assessment (current status of trend sport activities, potential of development) → workshop → drafting an
action plan → purchase of equipment → training for handling (marketing-maintenance-use) of the equipment
→training for guidance and programs → knowhow transfer and study visit → developing touristic
offers/packages/products

In case of infrastructure projects such as mountain huts as part of mountain tourism development:

Needs assessment (current status of construction in wood and potential of development) → workshop concerning
the development plans/design → elaboration of detailed plans and tender documentations → tender workshops
introducing the way of construction → construction supervised by Montenegrin and Austrian experts (knowhow
transfer) and local project manager → final control of construction work by Montenegrin and Austrian experts, by
the local project manager and the representative of the municipality;

The entire project structure is transparent and clearly defines accountability among the various stakeholders; it
also allows participation of the various stakeholders at any level of implementation. In addition, it also requires:

    •    Capacity building: information, awareness raising, training and education for local project managers,
         members of working groups and local stakeholders.

    •    Incorporating many different stakeholders and important opinion leaders as well as local associations
         and working groups right from the start. Local ownership is one important working approach to make sure
         that stakeholders take on responsibility for the project and the development agenda.

    •    Ongoing coordination, exchange of information and cooperation among all involved key partners.



At the end, the picture which shows the results achieved in the project of sustainable regional and tourism
development in the North of Montenegro is composed of numerous single project activities – and yet fits together
like a mosaic.


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Regional Tourism Organisation Bjelasica & Komovi - RTO
The Regional Tourism Organisation was founded in June 2006 – when the first phase of the project ended. In that
time, a regional development organisation where five municipalities committed themselves in a long-term ongoing
cooperation has been something completely new. The immediate challenge has been to strengthen the new RTO
in her
    •    Visibility
    •    Service
    •    Capacities




Visibility of the RTO

The building of the Regional Tourism Organisation


                                         The main office of the Regional Tourism Organisation of Bjelasica &
                                         Komovi is the place which draws attention to the main town square in
                                         Kolašin – the first energy efficient building in Montenegro. It has been
                                         developed, planned and built in a partnership applying know-how
                                         transfer from Austrian and Montenegrin experts and companies in the
                                         period from 2005 - 2007; part of the process were workshops
                                         introducing the workers to the details of energy efficiency building.
                                         Design: Arch. Fritz Oettl/pos-architects; detailed plans: Kaliopa Jovic
                                         Supervision: Kaliopa Jovic, Ivana Grujic, Fritz Oettl
                                         Built by Fidija d.o.o.




Logo design
In December 2006 the process of designing the Logo commenced.
Representatives from all five Municipalities, local tourism organisations, and
private tourism related companies took part in 3 workshops. By the end of
March 2007 the RTO board approved the design, which was considered to
best represent the region of Bjelasica & Komovi. The intention of the RTO
and the AT & CG Partnership is not only to use the logo for purposes of RTO activities but also for promotional
opportunities such as marketing regional products. Marketing materials including T-shirts, stickers, desk-flags etc
have been produced for promoting the RTO at international Tourism Fairs .




Design by MAPPA




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Web page – www.bjelaisca-komovi.me
An internet portal is the most successful way to become visible as a tourism destination. The web page should
reflect the specific profile of the Bjelasica & Komovi region and of each municipality. Therefore the focus is on the
various offers the region and its places could provide as the region of hiking & biking in Montenegro.

                                Hiking world of Bjelasica & Komovi
                                     Holiday in Northern Montenegro
                                   The region of unlimited opportunities




                                        www.bjelasica-komovi. me
Design and operator: Milan Medenica


International/national tourism fairs
Participation at tourism fairs is important. In particular the specialist tourism market for hiking & biking activities
at international fairs in Vienna, Prague, Belgrade and Novi Sad plus domestic fairs such as Budva.




Design and print: Barroom-Barroom


Service of the RTO


                      Accommodation brochure                                   A3 maps of the Bjelasica &
                                                                               Komovi region
                      The    accommodation       brochure    provides     an
                      overview of all available lodging facilities in the A convenient presentation of the region
                      Bjelasica & Komovi region including Plav and at one glance with cities maps on the
                                                                               backside – perfect information for tourists
                      Rozaje. The brochure is available in Montenegrin
                      and English at all tourist offices in the region.        to know where they are and where to find
                                                                               what.
                      Design and Print: Studio Mouse                           Design Marcus Stöckl
                                                                               Print: Art Grafika


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Development of trend sport activities
                          A workshop on the development of summer trend sport activities took place at the
                          beginning of June 2007. Tour operators, local tourism organisations, NGOs and
                          representatives of municipalities participated in the workshop. As a result, project
                          activities to develop mountain biking, kayaking and sports climbing started.
                          40 mountain bikes have been purchased and given to municipalities or local tourism
                          organisations for renting; mountain bike routes have been defined; a mountain bike
                          folder has been produced. Also kayaking has been further promoted by printing a
                          brochure. Seven packages of kayaking equipment have been purchased for use on the
Design& text: Manuel
                          rivers Tara, Lim and Moraca. A professional partner for rental could be found to run the
Arnu
                          rental service. A training course for white water kayaking was held in cooperation with
Print1:Flyeralarm
                          an UNDP Project in June 2008. Also a study trip to Slovenia and Austria focussing on
Print2: Mouse
                          outdoor activities took place in June 2008 together with CHF.


Development of soft winter sport activities
This project included a further development of Nordic skiing, snowshoe walking and Alpine ski touring, including
assessments, training activities, purchase of equipment, marketing activities and a study trip to Austria. The
results of the development of soft winter activities 2006 – 2009 has been promoted during three events in order to
present what could be achieved (licensed guides, equipment rental, offer of guided tours, folder) and to show the
potentials of snow shoeing referring to international trends. These events were organised in co-operation with the
Ministry of Tourism, the national and local tourism organisations and mountaineering clubs.




Design and print: Mouse


Capacities of the RTO

Review of the Regional Tourism Strategy 2009
The Regional Tourism Strategy for Bjelasica & Komovi has been developed in 2004 – 2005; meanwhile main items
and indicators have changed; tourism also in the North of the country has developed much faster than originally
envisioned. Re-drafting the Regional Tourism Strategy should allow to include criteria for sustainable
development comprising also indicators of development. The new draft has been developed jointly with local
tourism organisations, the NTO, municipalities, and other organisations and institutions concerned.


Support for interior and technical equipment of the RTO premises
In 2004 -2006 the Small Project Fund supported the construction of the new RTO energy efficient offices. In the
second phase, the interior fittings – partly manufactured by local joiners – and technical equipment have been
financed by the Small Project Fund. Investment has also been made for specialist windows and landscaping of the
surrounding grounds.


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Support for Local Tourism Organisations
Local Tourism Organisations have received support in purchasing basic equipment for their services such as
computers, printers, cameras etc.


Study trip on Nordic skiing to Austria in 2008

In winter 200, the director of the local tourism organisation of Kolasin, a representative of the municipality of
Andrijevica and the responsible project manager for mountain tourism had the chance to visit the “Wechsel-
Panoramaloipe”. This Austrian ski centre compares well to the situation in Bjelasica Mountains. There the study
group could observe different activities and initiatives to stimulate “Nordic, cross country” development.


Study visit to Slovenia and Austria in 2008
In cooperation with CHF 20 representatives of local tourism organisations and tourism agencies went for a 5 day
study trip to Slovenia and Austria at beginning of June 2008. The objectives were to provide further incentives to
create competitive tourism opportunities in the field of trend sport (hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rope course,
rafting, canyoning, fly fishing…). Participants had the chance to experience high quality programmes in the area of
service, story-line and environmental awareness.


English language courses
There is a remarkable lack of English language skills in the tourism business in the Bjelasica and Komovi region.
We therefore started language courses for beginners in four municipalities in the winter of 2005. As these courses
were highly appreciated by the participants, we continued with further courses in all five municipalities from 2006
to 2009.
Participants of the courses expressed a strong desire to continue the learning process.


Study trip of the mayors to Austria, September 2009
The study trip to Austria has been under the motto of sustainable tourism development (mountain tourism) and
“soft mobility”, showing the examples of Austrian places which are members of the network “Alpine Pearls”. The
Alpine Pearls are a network of 21 communities that offer easy, yet convenient ways to enjoy holidays in
environmentally conscious ways. Climate protection and nature conservation via soft mobility are part and parcel
of the Alpine Pearl association's focus.




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National Park Biogradska Gora
The National Park Biogradska Gora belongs to one of the rare primeval forests in Europe and to one of the oldest
protected areas in the world. At the centre of the National Park is Biogradska Lake, the largest of seven glacial
lakes. Up until now the National Park was managed from a purely scientific approach, committed to the idea of
protection and preservation. Little attention was paid to education and recreation opportunities for a broader target
audience, or utilization of the National Park as an attractive tourist destination.
Since 2004, the emphasis of the activities was shifted to infrastructure development in order to raise the profile
and attractiveness for visitors; furthermore, development of promotion material and visitor programmes for tourists
and school classes was introduced.


Infrastructure development

2004 - 2006
                                                             Reconstruction of the bridge over the
                                                             delta
                                                             The mountain river Biogradska empties through a delta
                                                             into the lake. This unique natural scenery is the heart of
                                                             the National Park. Instead of the old – meanwhile
                                                             damaged small bridge, a new one was built with
                                                             platforms to watch fauna and flora of the delta.


                                                             Built by Fidija d.o.o.
Reconstruction of the platform


As the existing platform was damaged and thus no longer safe to
use as a boarding area for boating, the platform was rebuilt during
May 2006.



Built by Drago Popovic/Drijenak Kolasin
Setting up an information billboard at the
entrance


The billboard at the entrance presents the National Park to the
visitors at one glance. This board is a first step in the development of
special signposts for the National Park in the future.




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2006 - 2009
Information Centre

The so called “hunters’ hut” has been reconstructed as an
Information Centre for the National Park. The centre does
accommodate office space for the park administration, and room
for exhibitions and seminars.

Design and detailed plans: Elisabeth Nöst-Kahlen/ecowall
Supervision: Milan Adzic, Elisabeth Nöst-Kahlen, built by
Flemerstone d.o.o.
                                  Adaptation of the souvenir shop
                                  The souvenir shop - built during the first phase - has been a great success, both
                                  promoting the National Park and selling regional products. Experience shows
                                  that the shop is rather small and not well designed to meet the needs of tourists.
                                  Minor renovations could improve the situation.

                                  Design: Milan Adzic, Elisabeth Nöst-Kahlen
                                  Works: Drago Popovic/Drijenak Kolasin, Intertop d.o.o. Mojkovac, Braca
                                  Vidakovic
Watch tower

This project started in winter 2006 by developing the plan and design of the
tower; in spring 2006, the construction place was selected together with the
national park director; static and detailed plans were carried out by Austrian and
Montenegrin experts; a workshop introduced to the requirements of wooden
construction; the construction was done by a joint venture of Austrian and
Montenegrin joineries and experts;
Design: Fritz Oettl/pos-architects
Supervision: Milos Raicevic, Vinzenz Harrer, built by Perspektive Ing,
Peter Nistelberger, Johann Beiler

Renovation of the bungalows
The bungalows provide one of the most important revenues for the
National Park. As they were not in good condition urgent renovation
work has been carried out. Work included cement foundations, proper
insulation, renovation of the floors, the purchase of furniture (cupboard,
table and chair, carpet), and renovation of the surrounding fence.

Supervision: Milan Adzic, Elisabeth Nöst-Kahlen
Built by Bio Plod d.o.o.
Themed educational nature trail
A themed educational nature trail with different stations has been built around
Biogradska Lake

Developed by Marelli Asamer-Handler, Angelika Thaller, Darko Sarcevic




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                                               Fish hatchery


                                               The former fish hatchery has been renovated and will be used for
                                               restocking the lake with small fish and selling fish to other National
                                               Parks. The hatchery will also be part of the future educational path
                                               around the lake, showing how fish breed.

                                               Design and supervision: Milan Adzic
                                               Built by Universal d.o.o.




                                                  The Rangers’ Home

                                                  A small wooden hut has been completely renovated and
                                                  adapted as a comfortable recreation room for the National Park
                                                  rangers.



                                                  Design: Vinzenz Harrer, supervision: Milan Adzic, Elisabeth
                                                  Nöst-Kahlen, built by Stefan Mont d.o.o.




Purchase of equipment
A snowmobile has been purchased for the National Park, so that outdoor duties can continue during the
wintertime.



Development of promotion material and educational programmes

Development of school and visitors programmes
An educational programme for school classes and visitors was developed by a teacher and a National Park guide
and tested together with two school classes in June 07. In addition a short film and accompanying brochure was
produced and will be sent to about 100 schools in Montenegro.




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Folders
Folders offering packages (such as an overnight stay in a bungalow combined with a guided tour in the National
Park) have been drafted and printed (Art Grafika).


Promotion film
The Greens of Montenegro produced a promotional film showing the National Park Biogradska Gora during all
four seasons.




National Park Lovcen
Lovćen mountain has always played an important role in the consciousness of Montenegrin people as a symbol of
state and national identity. Lovćen mountain is at the same time wild, but also mild and charming, with a unique
beauty. Manmade structures such as churches, monasteries, old stone houses, “bistijerne” (rain-water collectors),
“gumna” (place for threshing wheat), “ublovi” (wells dug in loam) and roads blend harmoniously with the natural
features such as the mountain peaks, Karst valleys, caves, dense forests and lakes. These unique features were
the reason that this area was declared a National Park in 1952. Initially it comprised only the area around Ivanova
Korita and the mountain peaks of Jezerski Vrh and Štirovnik, but in the years that followed it was expanded to
include the area south from Konjski, as well as a protection zone outside the park which ranges from one to four
kilometers in width.
The national park Lovcen has been selected for both: to implement examples of best practices in developing
mountain tourism, and in raising the attractiveness of the national park.




Infrastructural improvements

Themed trail/Nature Walk


One interactive, themed trails has been developed and built
as an “Educational Park” for smaller children close to the
Information Centre and nearby forest.

Developed by Marelli Asamer-Handler, Angelika Thaller,
Darko Sarcevic


Purchase of equipment
Basic equipment for the National Park management has been purchased including a stove for the Information
Centre, a 4X4 vehicle, a snowmobile and a camera.




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Development of new tourism and educational programmes

                                              Hiking map and brochure



                                              A hiking map and a hiking and biking guide booklet for the area of
                                              Lovcen Mountain has been developed and published in four
                                              languages.



                                              Design and text: Marcus Stöckl, Vaso Uskokovic
                                              Cartography: Marcus Stöckl
                                              Print: Queiser

Development of school and visitor programmes
A school and visitor programme will be developed for the National
Park Lovcen. As of the next season programmes for school classes
and individuals will become an important element in the work of the
National Park.


Folders
Folders promoting Lovcen National Park's treasures and attractions have been developed and printed (Art
Grafika)



National Parks Montenegro


Themed trail/nature walk in the NP Skadar Lake
We supported the National Park Skadar Lake with consulting and funds to establish their themed trails. Interactive
stations and boards showing and explaining Flora and Fauna of Skadar Lake and a small watchtower for children
have been installed.


Training for national park guides
From June 17- 21 2007 a refresher seminar took place for guides who attended training in 2005 or 2006. In order
to make best use of the newly built nature walks in Lovcen National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park a
new cycle of trainings for national park guides was carried out in October 2008. As the National Park authorities
increasingly recognize the importance of educational programmes the requirement for training will increase over
the next few years.




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Study trips to Austria by staff members of the National Parks of Montenegro
                                                           In November 2006 the directors of all the National Parks
                                                           and National Park authorities in Montenegro visited
                                                           various nature parks and the Kalkalpen National Park in
                                                           Austria. The programme focused on Information
                                                           Centres (equipment and utilization) and on new
                                                           methodology of educational programmes. The study trip
                                                           was prepared and conducted by the Nature Parks of
                                                           Austria in a joint program with IRD, and supported by
                                                           the Austrian Council of Cities.
In November 2007 Visitor Centre managers from the
National Parks of Montenegro visited the Austrian
National Parks Kalkalpen and Donauauen, and the
nature park “Steirische Eisenwurzen” to learn more
about Visitor Centres and their functions. A team from a
Montenegrin TV      station accompanied them         and
broadcast a piece about the study trip. The study trip
was prepared and conducted by the Nature Parks of
Austria.




Purchase of equipment
The National Parks of Montenegro received a 4x4 vehicle for carrying out their duties and tasks.




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Sustainable local development
During the first project phase (2004 – 2006) activities focused on the development of a joint tourism strategy for the
Bjelasica & Komovi region, and the foundation of the Regional Tourism Organisation. Among the five
municipalities of the Bjelasica & Komovi region (Andrijevica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Kolasin, Mojkovac), Kolasin was
the only town with an existing tourism industry.


During the second project phase (2006 – 2009), activities commenced to better involve the other municipalities in
the regional tourism strategy. Which role could each municipality take on with regard to the tourism strategy; what
work is required to develop a broad range of tourism programmes, and how much could local development and
activities contribute to such objectives? Local Agenda Groups in each of the five municipalities took over the task
to discuss, determine and develop the role of each municipality according to the regional tourism strategy. Several
pilot projects in each of the five municipalities have been identified, selected, and approved by the Local Agenda
Groups and municipal assemblies. The projects should serve as examples of best practice for a sustainable local
development.


Upgrading of the Eco katun (Eco lodge) Stavna in Andrijevica

The eco lodge Stavna was built with the support of CHF/USAID funds in 2004-2006. It is a settlement with small
bungalows and one restaurant/kitchen bungalow. The eco lodge is located at the base of Komovi Mountain, and
well visited by tourists during the springtime, summer and autumn.


The project includes the following activities:
•   Construction of a second hand mini ski lift for kids
•   Construction of a sports/football ground
•   Construction of a second water basin for sufficient water supply
•   Construction of a terrace to the restaurant
•   Purchase of a snowmobile plus equipment to cut cross country ski tracks




Ski lift: Bruckschlögl/Austria




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Restoration of the Jasikovac memorial in Berane

The Jasikovac memorial is a very unique
monument of freedom and a landmark of
Berane, built by Bogdan Bogdanovic. It
is situated in a panoramic spot on the top
of a small hill on the outskirts of town.
During the past years both the ravages of
time and human damage have destroyed
the monument, which has also become
almost     completely   overgrown.     The
restoration of the Jasikovac memorial
should      enhance     the      significant
importance of the spot once again;
restoration works were carried out under
the supervision of the National Institute
for Protection of Monuments of Culture.


Construction of a jogging trail at the Jasikovac hill in Berane

Jasikovac hill is also a local recreational area for Berane, and through the
construction of a jogging trail, should regain some of its former importance. The
narrow trail is 1.5 km long for walking and jogging (the path is 1 to 1.5 metres
wide) and has 10 stations with relevant equipment for exercising.




Renovation of the mountain hut Suvodo in Berane

The mountain hut Suvodo is located in Kurikuce at the foothills of Bjelasica
Mountain. It has not been used for many years and is almost derelict. The
location of the hut is perfect as a lodging facility for the hiking/biking
network of trails on Bjelasica Mountain. The renovation of the mountain hut
contributed significantly to developing the hiking/biking opportunities in the
region of Bjelasica Mountain. The restoration includes the construction of
toilets, a simple washing room, additional sleeping places on the top floor,
the purchase of furniture, dishes and other equipment.




Design, detailed plans, tender documentation and supervision: Milos
Raicevic
Construction work: Doo R.B.A. Modus

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Cleaning up the River Bistrica in Bijelo Polje

A group of members from the local Ecological Association have drafted a detailed project plan which included the
following steps:
•   Cleaning up the riverbanks and the river itself of all garbage – accompanied by an awareness campaign
    including the local population and schools
•   Taking water samples and making checks before and after the action
•   Installation of billboards (informing the population about the project, the water, river and environmental
    situation), waste bins and containers for collecting bulk garbage
•   Ensuring the commitment of the local municipalities and local industry to conduct regular garbage collections




Construction of a ski lift for kids in Ravna Rijeka/Bijelo Polje


On a slope nearby the town, a second hand ski lift for
kids has been installed jointly by an Austrian expert
and local workers. The municipality contributes by
preparing the slope and providing electricity.




Skilift: Bruckschlögl/Austria




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Renovation of Dulovine promenade in Kolasin

                               Dulovine is a park in the upper part of the town. A pleasant footpath leads from
                               the centre of Kolasin through this park to the railway station, and to the botanical
                               garden of Prof. Vinceg. The park did not have an adequate lighting system nor
                               any benches etc. The renovation of Dulovine promenade and the installation of a
                               lighting system will contribute significantly to the attractiveness of the town.




Kolasin also has received support in purchasing a snowmobile plus the equipment for cutting cross-country ski
tracks.


Spatial planning in Mojkovac

                                      Mojkovac decided to develop a physical spatial plan and asked for
                                      support. Local development strategies and spatial planning are very
                                      important preconditions for sustainable tourism development. The activity
                                      has been the first priority for the Local Agenda Group and the municipal
                                      assembly and will receive support from the Small Project Fund.
                                      The analyses and draft proposals has been commented by Austrian
                                      experts who also provided the municipality with recommendations (in
                                      writing and during a meeting in Mojkovac) regarding more precise
                                      priorities in terms of the role of the municipality, and sustainability (Prof.
                                      Kanonier, Dr. Dillinger, Reinberg & partner);
                                      In 2009, results of the spatial plan are expected to be published.


                                      Spatial planning: Juginus Mont
The SPF also supported Mojkovac by purchasing a second hand snowmobile.




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Sustainable regional development

The natural surroundings of the mountains of Bjelasica and Komovi are the most important resources for the
development of sustainable tourism. The area provides an unspoilt rural environment where you still find
traditional agriculture on mountain pastures, homemade domestic products, a low volume of traffic, and
environmental consciousness in dealing with energy and waste.
Two sector programmes have been implemented. The first dealt with public transport and the road network, to
improve accessibility and mobility in the region by providing better information. Information exists in the form of
leaflets and folders with a timetable of public transport facilities, viewpoints/starting points of hiking/biking tours
and general information.
The second programme dealt with the development of domestic agricultural products, their marketing and
availability at point of sale, however, the domestic products should also be available for purchase on mountain
pastures. As a pilot project one pasture has been developed as model.



Road network and public transport

As a first step, a leaflet detailing all public transport    Information on public transport
facilities for Kolasin was printed and distributed to
all hotels in late summer 2007. In the next step, a
brochure of all public transport in the region of
Bjelasica & Komovi in two languages, Montenegrin
and English, has been developed, printed and
disseminated. Furthermore, information boards
with timetables were installed.
In 2009, the brochure was published again with
updated timetables.
                                                            Design & print 2008: Barroom-Barroom
                                                            Design & print 2009: Mouse



                                                        Renewing the road from Tresnjevik to the
                                                        mountain hut Krivi do
                                                        The existing forest road has been renewed by utilising expert
                                                        alpine knowledge in mountain road construction. Also issues of
                                                        maintenance are discussed in workshops and guidance has
                                                        been provided. Road access should be limited to owners of
                                                        pastures and the operators of the mountain hut.
                                                        Supervision: Slobodan Vukicevic
                                                        Construction company: Crnagoraput




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                                                      A vista point is a special spot in nature or on top of a building or
Documentation about Vista Points
                                                      rock, which provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area

                                                      The Tresnjevik mountain pass serves as the main road
                                                      connection between the towns of Andrijevica and Kolasin.
                                                      Furthermore, the intersection of access roads to the “Stavna
                                                      katun” and the mountain hut “Krivi do” is located on the
                                                      mountain pass. The Tresnjevik mountain pass forms part of a
                                                      network of hiking trails in the Bjelasica and Komovi region.

                                                      On the spot, there is already a restaurant, a public toilet and a
                                                      few parking spaces. The design, layout and quality of the
                                                      existing facilities are not adequate and require improvements
                                                      in order to attract more tourists. The spot provides panoramic
                                                      views over the natural surroundings.


                                                      Documentation drafted by Karl Reiner & Christian Berger
                                                      Design by Sladjana Nikolic



Agricultural development and domestic products

Development of domestic agricultural products
Contracts with seven producers (mainly associations) have been signed. Products include dried herbs and fruits,
honey, organic flour, cheese, and handicrafts.
All products are certified, the respective
producers     are    known,      and   site
inspections have taken place.
The products are labelled with the logo
of   the    region   and   the    Austrian
Development Agency.


A model of a product shelf has been
designed and an information folder has
been drafted and disseminated at local
fairs.
As an initial start up there are now 13
selling points across the country.




                                              Design& print 2008: Incognito
                                              Design & print: Mouse




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Economic development of pastures
                                                                One pilot pasture – Goles - was selected according
                                                                to   certain   criteria   concerning   further   tourism
                                                                development        (hiking    &    biking),      regional
                                                                development, and the specific location of the
                                                                pasture. This pasture also serves as a rest area
                                                                where tourists can buy some special dishes with
                                                                domestic products, milk and yoghurt to drink – and
                                                                are also offered a shelter for the night.




Also a promotion folder was published (Mouse)




Mountain Tourism

Since the Austrian-Montenegrin partnership project started in 2004 a lot of activities have been carried out in order
to develop mountain tourism in the region of Bjelasica & Komovi. In the second phase of the project (2006 – 2009)
the emphases were laid on:


    •    Mountaineering activities on Bjelasica Mountain
    •    Hiking development in Komovi and Sinjavina mountains
    •    Capacity building
    •    Montenegro wide promotion activities in mountain tourism



Mountaineering activities on Bjelasica Mountain

New edition of the hiking map Bjelasica
A new edition includes the following improvements:
It will be in the scale of 1:50.000, available in a digital version, and the five
municipalities will get ownership of author rights. 15,000 copies of the map are
published in 4 languages (local language, German, English, and French).


Cartography and design: Marcus Stöckl
Print: Queiser


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Marking, signposts, entrance boards and rest areas
                                                              Hiking trails as a part of the national hiking network
                                                              have been marked. Twenty more information/entrance
                                                              boards, which mark the starting points of hiking routes
                                                              outlined in the hiking guide of Bjelasica have been set
                                                              up throughout the region in 2009. Due to the further
                                                              development of the hiking trail network in the
                                                              Bjelasica & Komovi region, some of the entrance
                                                              boards have been replaced with updated maps.
                                                              Design: Marcus Stöckl


Hiking guide booklet Bjelasica

The second edition of the hiking guide booklet has been printed in four languages –
Montenegrin, English, German and French – in an edition of 5.000 issues.


Text and design: Marcus Stöckl
Print: Art Grafika


Support of mountain clubs’ activities
In 2008 the first regional event for “Cleaning up Bjelasica” took place. In 2009 this event was again organised by a
mountain club of B&K. Especially young members took part in this cheerful event.
Municipalities supported this action with big plastic bags for the campaign “Neka bude cisto” and some vehicles
for transport. Other clubs got supported with funds for the construction of new trails, re-forestation programmes or
events with regional character.

Construction of two mountain huts as low energy spending houses
Both mountain huts – in Andrijevica and in Bijelo Polje – are pilot projects for low energy buildings of wooden
construction and were started in 2006. Krivi do was opened in autumn 2008, Smiljaca in June 2009.
The two buildings do serve as examples of best practice for the future.




Design: Fritz Oettl/pos architects
Development plans: Rifat Alihodzic, Tender documentation for wooden construction: Vinzenz Harrer
Supervision: Milos Raicevic, Vinzenz Harrer
Construction work: Stefan Mont d.o.o.

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Development and adaptation of a climbing wall in Kolasin
The NGO Natura and the municipality of Kolasin developed a sports climbing wall next
to the road to the ski centre in Kolasin. Based on an assessment by Austrian experts
around 20-25 routes have been fixed, in co-operation with local representatives, a
folder has been published, too.
In October 2008, a licensed climbing trainer of the outdoor club Podgorica
accomplished a 3-day-training for local people in Kolasin. In November 2008, we
initiated a roundtable with all stakeholders in the field of sports climbing development.
As a result, a joint promotion and development strategy for the development of sports
climbing in Montenegro is envisaged.


Design of the folder: ARGE Sportklettern
Print: Flyeralarm




Hiking development in the mountains of Komovi and Sinjavina

                                  In 2006 and 2007 two Austrian experts
                                  explored various hiking trails in the Sinjavina
                                  and Komovi Mountains – also by consulting
                                  local mountain clubs.


                                  Hiking guide booklets         for Komovi and
                                  Sinjavina Mountains have been published in
                                  four languages and with an edition of 5.000
                                  issues.
Text: Jan Salcher
Design: Marcus Stöckl                                                                   Text and design: Marcus Stöckl
Print: Art Grafika                                                                      Print: Art Grafika



Marking signposts and entrance boards


Hiking trails as parts of those tours described in both hiking
guide booklets have been marked, entrance boards and hiking
signs installed.




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Capacity building

                               Workshops for mountain clubs and mountaineers


                               Ongoing training activities and coaching for the mountain clubs focus on the
                               installation of signposts and entrance boards, cleaning up, and maintaining the
                               existing and marked hiking paths, development of attractive circular routes, and
                               identification of further hiking facilities.




Know-how transfer and study visit in re-forestation and trail maintenance
A part of the capacity building programme is also a know-how transfer with the Austrian mountain club
“Alpenverein“ concerning maintenance of hiking trails and re-forestation In 2007 members of Montenegrin
mountain clubs took part in the project “Bergwaldprojekt” organized and implemented by “Alpenverein”. In 2008 a
similar project was organized for Austrian participants together with Montenegrin mountain clubs in Montenegro.
The trail leading from NP Biogradska Gora to Katun Goles marks a model trail for trail restoration and
conservation in the region.
Furthermore, AMP organized and supported three trainings for trail signalisation according to national standards
and maintenance (2x in Bjelasica, 1 x in Lovcen).



Montenegro wide promotion activities in mountain tourism

Development and re-construction of the transversal CT1
For the re-construction of the transversal CT1 (Zijovo, Komovi, Bjelasica, Sinjavina, Durmitor) the Mountaineering
Association of Montenegro (MAM) produced the draft for a guidebook. AMP supported the further production of
this guide book with translations to German and English and a support for printing.


Support for the production of the mountain guide book “Zijovo”
AMP supported the print of a hiking guide booklet drafted by mountain club “Gorica” about Zijovo Mountain, a
neighbouring area of B&K region.


Assessment for a professional training for “canyoning guides”
Based on an initiative of local mountain guides, AMP supported a visit of one Austrian expert for a needs
assessment in canyoning. One result of this stay is a curriculum for a training course based on international
standards.


Assessment of “Alpine Ski-touring” in Bjelasica, Komovi, Sinjajevinja and
Durmitor Mountains
In 2008 and 2009, Austrian experts assessed the potentials of alpine ski touring development in the respective
areas. Written reports were handed over to the Mountaineering Association of Montenegro.


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                        Hiking map Durmitor
                        For the area of the National Park Durmitor, a hiking map has been developed together
                        with the National Park Durmitor. The map is published in four languages in an edition of




                        Cartography and design: Marcus Stöckl
                        Print: Art Grafika



Tour Operator Program 2007
The aim of the programme was to introduce Montenegro, its mountains and culture, to tour operators specializing
in worldwide trekking tours. The participants visited Cetinje, Lovcen, Kotor, Kolasin, Bjelasica, Sinjavina, Komovi,
Tara and Virpazar/Skadar Lake. At the end of the tour the participating tour operators took part in a workshop to
evaluate the programme and to help optimise possible future tourist programmes in Montenegro.
The tour took place from 5 to 12 June 2007. Seven tour operators from Austria and Germany participated in the
programme conducted by experts from Friends of Nature International and supported by the National Tourism
Organisation and the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of Montenegro.
As a result of this familiarization visit two tour operators introduced special hiking programmes for 2008 and four
others for 2009!
The programme included an assessment in autumn 2006 and the familiarization tour in 2007.


Training courses for hiking guides
From 2007 to 2009 two training courses for hiking guides were conducted through four seminars each by trainers
from the Austrian Association of Alpine Clubs.
                                                       …. participants passed the course and received the Austrian
                                                       certificate at the end of the training. This certificate provides
                                                       the basis for licences once the appropriate Montenegrin
                                                       legislation is in force. Four of the participants could also work
                                                       as trainers on upcoming courses.




Photo trekking Montenegro
Photo trekking Montenegro was founded in 2006. The club assessed the region of B&K in order to find attractive
tours for photo trekking. AMP supported several assessment tours, the development of the webpage
www.phototrekking-montenegro.com, and a print of a folder. In return the club supported the Regional Tourism
Organisation and the Austrian Montenegrin Partnership with high quality pictures, which were used for many
marketing materials produced during the last three years. Since 2009, Montenegro Photo trekking successfully
animates young locals to join mountain tours in the North of Montenegro.




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Capacity building

Exchange of experiences, know-how transfer and capacity building are very important pillars in strengthening
institution building in regional and tourism development .


Various activities focusing on capacity building in tourism and sustainable economic development are
implemented as ongoing programmes complimentary to other projects supported by the Small Project Fund, for
example:
•   Coaching and capacity building for stakeholders
•   Meetings of Local Agenda Groups
•   Workshops in wood processing
•   Round Table on protected areas in Montenegro
•   Seminar on energy efficient buildings
•   Workshops on re-drafting the tourism strategy and developing the webpage
•   Others mentioned in this report


These activities are very important contributions to a successful know-how transfer and implementation of projects
in Montenegro.




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