Minister of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Edita Djapo and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in BiH Sukhrob Khoshmukhamedov have signed the agreement on co-financing of the Via Dinarica project, which the Government of the FBiH will support with a total of BAM 200,000 by the end of 2019.
Djapo said during the ceremony that the Government of the FBiH had been supporting the Via Dinarica project since 2016, and that a total of BAM 700,000 had been allocated to the project thus far.
According to Khoshmukhamedov, the Via Dinarica project continues to contribute to reduction of economic, societal and regional differences, and boosts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s competitiveness in the field of tourism.
The project is focused on strengthening Via Dinarica as an internationally recognized platform for local economic development, as well as on inclusion of new local communities.
Via Dinarica is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of the Republika Srpska, and Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the FBiH.
First phase of the project was completed at the end of 2017. Implementation of the second phase, worth a total of USD 2.63 million, commenced in the summer of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 2021.
Via Dinarica is a concept that connects the seven countries and regions through which the mountain range of the Dinaric Alps extends, from Slovenia to northern Albania.