Montenegrin stakeholders benefit from knowledge-sharing during study tour to World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves in Italy and Austria
The study tour from 21 to 26 February 2011 is organized by UNESCO Venice Office in the framework of the UN Joint Programme “Improving the business environment through green jobs and institution building” and will bring together five participants from the Public Enterprise for the National Parks and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro.
The main aims of this tour are to strengthen Sustainable Development and Governance in the Tara River Basin Biosphere Reserve and in the Durmitor World Heritage site in Montenegro and to reinforce the management capacity of the UNESCO designated sites. The tour complements the Public-Use Planning (PUP) Training Workshops which were held in Zabljak, Montenegro at the Durmitor National Park and World Heritage site, from 26 April to 8 May 2010 and again from 27 to 31 October 2010.
During the first day of the programme, participants will meet in Venice at the UNESCO Regional Office where they will be introduced to the World Heritage (WH) and MAB Biosphere Reserve (BR) designation schemes. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the Municipality of Venice, which is responsible for the management of the World Heritage site of Venice and its Lagoon. In particular they will focus on stakeholder involvement in the preparation of the management Plan for the WH Site.
The participants will then travel to the Po Delta area, where two separate Regional Parks are preparing a joint application to the MAB BR Network. Here they will study the complexity of the relationship between conservation and sustainable development.
During the last two days, the participants will visit the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve in Austria, where the Management Team will share its experience in stakeholder involvement and territorial marketing of the Biosphere Reserve.
This activity is implemented in the framework of the Joint Programme “Improving the business environment through green jobs and institution building” which is funded through the UN Coherence Fund for Montenegro and is undertaken in partnership with UN Agencies FAO, UNEP, UNIDO and UNDP, in collaboration with the Ministry for Spatial Planning and Environment of Montenegro.