01.07.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice

First prize for the best practice in rural development initiative in Banat supported through STRD-funded project

First prize for the best practice in rural development – out of 156 submissions – awarded by the National network for rural development of Serbia and an international jury overjoyed Mr. Jovica Bradvarevic’s farm initiative and his project ‘Scent and taste of Banat wine and cheese’ with Ms. Sonja Jocic (wine producer) and NGO ‘Agroznanje’ from Vrsac in South Banat on Danube STDR pilot region. The winning best practice for rural development 2010 was presented to the international audience by Ms. Snezana Kremic, project leader from the NGO ‘Agroznanje’ at the PREPARE gathering 2011, held in Zlatibor from Jun 29 to July 1 2011.

After successfully obtaining a grant from the ‘Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development’ (STRD) UN programme in 2010 and establishing a multi-sector partnership to implement a value market chain to link protection of natural and cultural heritage, the traditions of local agriculture communities with traditional processing and marketing in tourism, the award  – from a jury consisting of representatives of the PREPARE, the Pan-European ‘Partnership for Rural Europe’ network and representatives from the Ministry of agriculture, trade, forestry and water management and National rural development network of Serbia – came not only as a recognition of their hard work, but also as a confirmation that rural tourism development in Serbia is on the right track.

Full news : http://rs.one.un.org/strd/media-room/187/


About the Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development Joint Programme

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

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