Serbia: Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development
This Joint Programme's goal is to reduce poverty and emigration in rural areas of Serbia by supporting the development of rural tourism as a means of boosting economic activity and increasing employment.
Programme interventions are being implemented at the national and local levels, and include:
i) Developing a national policy framework necessary for diversifying rural economies through tourism;
ii) Strengthening local stakeholders' capacity for service delivery and production; and
iii) Defining local products and strengthening local capacity for planning in this field.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- The JP supported the development of the National Rural Tourism Master Plan for Serbia which has been approved by the Government of Serbia. It comprises a Diagnostic, Strategy, Action Plan and Implementation Plan. All phases of the formulation and approval of the Master Plan were consultative, with workshops organized at national and regional level. The Master Plan is currently being submitted to Parliament for ratification. The National Rural Tourism Master Plan contains the framework for the development of child, youth and family tourism.
- To enhance capacity for sustainable rural tourism, over 1,000 rural tourism stakeholders were trained through workshops, practical trainings and coaching in programmes mainly concentrating on energy efficiency and sustainable use of resources. Partnerships between public, civil and private sectors in four regional stakeholder groups were fostered through all 66 projects granted within Grant Scheme 2011 and executed in the reporting period.
- A Study on Access to Services of Women and Children in Rural Areas has been completed and published. The study analyses the problems of access to education, social and health care, and offers recommendations for national institutions dealing with key services. The Study is being promoted at national level and in target regions.