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Project title: Bird-watching and Eco Tourism in South Adriatic (BETSA)

MNE Applicant's name: Center for protecttion and research of birds of Montenegro

Partner 1: Ekološko društvo Boke Kotorske – Eko Boka

Partner 2: Municipality of Tivat

The amount of EU grant for MNE beneficiaries: 126.352,67€

HR Applicant's name: Municipality of Baška Voda

Partner 1: Croatian Institute for Sustainable Development (HIOR)

Partner 2: Association BIOM

The amount of EU grant for HR beneficiaries: 101.472,79 €


Total project value: 268.029,95€


Training on wild plants in Orjen was held

From 7 to 9 October 2016, simultaneously with maintaining of „Orjenski đir“, for all nature lovers, the training on the use of wild plants in cooking was held. Plenty of edible plants that has traditionally harvested and used for medical purposes, with time becoming more and more interesting in cookery. Thus, the participants of the training learned about wild plants in the field of Orjen, ways of its collection and use in the nutrition, with the aim of improving tourism and culinary offers of Boka kotorska.
In accordance with the theme of the workshop, a mountain lodge on Vratlo was the centre of the action, and the hikers cookery was enriched with meals of nettle, dandelion, plantain, wild carrots, mint, sage, heather, wild rose, milfoil and thyme. Some of these plants belong to the main meals, and some of them were used as a spice or an edible decoration. Sani Sardelić from the City Museum on the island of Korčula was the lecturer at the workshop.

BETSA wild plants training 1

BETSA wild plants training 2

Training sessions for future guides for bird watching were held

In the context of improving the capacity of providers tourist services in the area of Bay of Kotor, two training sessions for future guides for bird watching for members of BETSA network were held in the period from 5 to 9 September.
The first training was held between 5 to 7 September in Orjen, while the second training was held from 7 to 9 September in Tivat Salina. Both trainings aimed at getting to know the basics of ornithology and bird watching, as well as the principles of field work. Both training consisted theoretical and practical parts. The focus of the trainings was the introduction of the methods of identification of birds that inhabit the area Orjen and Solila.
One of the key lecturer at the training was Rok Rožman, Slovenian Olympian in rowing, a fighter for nature, naturalist and passionate birder. He is also one of the initiators of the great kayaking tour for the preservation of the Balkan rivers "Balkan rivers Tour".
About the relation of sustainable tourism and protection of nature, his campaign for the conservation of wild rivers, as well as the situation of nature in Balkan, Rok Rožman spoke at the presentation, which was held on 08 September in the Multimedia Hall of Municipality of Tivat.
Both trainings were attended a total of 30 hiking and tourist guides from the area of Herceg Novi, Kotor and Tivat.

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Establishing of the relevant touristic infrastructure

Tourism infrastructure for birdwatchers and other eco tourists was established within the project, with aim to improve tourist offer of the cross border area.
At the Municipality of Baška Voda, Nature park Biokovo, delta of Neretva as well as municipality of Konavle and Sniježnica mountain, there exist 16 trails that are promoted in this way for the purpose of bird watching tourism and other wildlife. Also, a total of 30 information boards and 35 signposts were set and 45 km of the thematic trails were cleaned, in the lenght of 45 km.
Information boards content was consisted of a numerous brief information and interesting facts about the birds that are characteristic of a particular area and attractive to tourists, but there are also short information about the area and QR code was incorporated, which will give to tourists more detail information about the entire local tourist offer, after the drafting of the project website.

BETSA info board

Members of the BETSA network from Montenegro were trained to "leave no trace" in countryside

Part of the members of BETSA network consisting of providers of tourist services from Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi, as well as nature lovers and travel guides, were trained to "Leave no trace", ie. how to behave responsibly during the spending time in a countryside, during three-day training was held from 24 to 26 June 2016 in Orjen.
"Leave no trace" is a training program that promotes skills and ethics in order to support the sustainable use of natural areas. The participants were informed on seven ethical principles of this concept concerning the protection of nature, which occurred in USA in the early interest to spending time in countryside during the 60's and 70's of the last century.

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The second cross-border camp was held in Orjen

From 19 to 21 June 2016, the second BETSA cross-border camp was held in Orjen, in order to investigate biodiversity of Orjen. Data collected during the research work in the camp confirmed the importance of the mountain for the survival of various plant and animal species, especially birds.
One of the goals of the camp, except of the research work, was the creation of the tourist offer for the development of ecotourism based to biodiversity and cultural heritage. The camp was attended by students, providers of tourism services as well as nature lovers from the Croatia and Montenegro.
In order to strengthen joint cooperation, as well as improving the state of biodiversity in the mountain Orjen, the Center for protection and research of birds of Montenegro and Agency for development and protection of Orjen during the camp signed the Memorandum of cooperation. In the forthcoming period CZIP and the Agency will work together to the valorisation and promotion of natural, cultural and ecotourism potentials of the area.

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