30.11.2010 -

Cultural Heritage and Rural Development through partnerships

The two-day workshop titled “Cultural Heritage and Rural Development through partnerships” will take place on 1 and 2 December 2010 in Knjazevac, Eastern Serbia. The event is jointly organized by UNESCO Venice Office and the UN Joint Programme (JP) “Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development”, which is funded by the Spanish Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).


UNDP/UNESCO News (UN JP ‘Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development’ Serbia) 1-12-2010

The event will involve more than 30 local stakeholders from Serbia. The objectives of this activity are to raise awareness about the importance of preserving UNESCO designated sites and the need to create partnerships for rural development and cultural tourism.

The first day will be dedicated to a study visit to the Archaeological – Ethno Park Ravna near Knjazevac. The afternoon session facilitated by Philippe Pypaert, UNESCO Senior Programme Specialist will focus on the role of partnerships in community management of World Heritage Sites and MAB reserves.

On the second day, participants will have an opportunity to hear about the importance of linking cultural heritage in partnerships for rural development, as evidenced through best practices from the World Heritage Programme and MAB reserves in the region.   

The workshop is foreseen to finish with a discussion panel on identification of business opportunities in Serbia based on cultural heritage of rural areas, with special emphasis on partnership-based initiatives and potential World Heritage Sites.



About the “Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development” UN Joint Programme in Serbia

The UN Joint Programme ‘Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development’ works towards the diversification of the rural economy through sustainable tourism to improve the quality of life, reduce poverty, and address environmental degradation in rural Serbia. One of the key activities of the programme is the development of the National Rural Tourism Master Plan. Activities of the Programme are implemented in South Banat on the Danube, East Serbia, Central Serbia and Lower Danube.

Five UN agencies, namely FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), and UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) in cooperation with a number of Government of the Republic of Serbia national partners, including the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, and the Tourism Organization of Serbia are implementing the Joint Programme.

The Spanish Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) is providing 4 million USD for the implementation of the Joint Programme.

The news and UN Serbia factsheet (October 2010) are available for download (PDF) from the right menu.

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