1. „Revival of Cross-Border Partnership through Rural Development“
Program: IPA Cross-Border Programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007-2013
Project Applicant/Lead Partner: Centre for Civil Initiatives
Partners: Local Action Group for Una Sana region
Municipality of Gvozd, Croatia
Municipality of Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Target Group: Farmers, owners of family farms with a rural tourism focus and interested in the development of rural tourism and traditional craftsmen
Unemployed local people – young people interested in sustainable tourism of their region
-to improve rural tourism capacity through developed administrative, technical and human ability to deal with active development on tourist offers
-to establish and promote the joint tourist offer in the cross border region, based on joint methodology and marketing strategy for rural tourism
Project Locations: -Croatia – Karlovačka and Sisačko – moslavačka County, Vojnić, Krnjak, Gvozd and Topusko Municipalities
-Bosnia and Herzegovina – Una – sana Region, Bosanska Krupa, Sanski Most and Bužim Municipalities)
Project Duration: December 2010 – October 2012
Short Project Description
Farmers (owners of family farms) interested in the development of rural tourism, traditional craftsmen, tourist offices, and unemployed local young people interested in sustainable tourism of their region, will through the project “Revival of Cross-Border Partnership through Rural Development“ have the opportunity to acquire knowledge to actively develop tourist offers.
In the Karlovac, Sisak-Moslavina Municipalities and the Una Sana region it is necessary to increase the level of knowledge of potential leaders regarding tourism issues and in development of tourism in the cross border region. This region undoubtedly contains exceptional natural assets and beautiful nature with a rich cultural and historical heritage, but it is also underdeveloped, especially in comparison with some other counties that may have less natural assets, but have significantly higher management capacities and knowledge of local citizens.
Through the project “Revival of Cross-Border Partnership through Rural Development“ 60 farmers (owners of family farms) interested in the development of rural tourism, traditional craftsmen, tourist offices, unemployed local young people interested in sustainable tourism of their region will receive the opportunity to undergo training related to the development of rural tourism.
The topics of the educational seminars will include: matching tourism products and the market, capacity assessment, defining a tourism product/souvenir, promotional strategy, organising for co-operative marketing and quality control and implementation of marketing plan.
16 unemployed individuals in the cross-border area will have the opportunity to receive education to become tourist guides thus increasing the level of knowledge and skills necessary for active development of rural tourism.
Three Rural Tourism Info Centers (RTIC) will be established. The goal of the Rural Tourism Info Centers will be to provide information about potential tourist activities and possibilities of investing in the development of rural tourism.
A data base of tourist sites will be established and accessible in the joint web portal and through the virtual on-line map. In addition, a joint promotional brochure will be available and a joint marketing strategy for rural tourism development in the cross-border area will be developed.
The developed strategy will provide concrete guidelines for joint long term cooperation and sustainability of economic development through rural tourism in the cross-border areas. The strengthening of human resources and creation of the database, establishing the Rural Tourism Info Centers (RTIC) and defining a joint visual identity of the regions will be the platform for the sustainability and long-term cooperation in developing rural tourism.
2. “A Gate to the Labour Market for Socially Marginalized People“
Project ended in November 2011.
Project was funded by the EU under IPA Component IV – Human Resources
Program: “Establishing Support in Social Integration and Employment of Disadvantaged and Marginalized groups” within the IPA IV. Component – Human Resources Development
Project Applicant/Lead Partner: Centre for Civil Initiatives
Partners: Public Open University, Duga Resa
Croatian Employment office, regional Office Karlovac
Target groups: Members of national minorities
Unemployed women over 40 years
Unemployed men older than 45 years
People with disabilities
Project specific goal: To train 65 unemployed persons, members of socially excluded groups to labor market requirements through specialized training in computer application, organic farming and rural tourism animation
Region of implementation: Karlovac County
Sisak – Moslavina County
Project duration: December 2010. – December 2011.
Project budget: 92 018,55 Euro
Short project description:
Members of national minorities, the unemployed men and women middle aged and elderly, and persons with disabilities who are registered users of the Croatian Employment Service regional offices Karlovac and Sisak, through the “door to the labor market” will acquire specific knowledge in the field of computer application, rural tourism and organic agriculture.
In the area of Karlovac and Sisak County there is a large disparity between the economic potential offered by the development of agriculture and rural tourism on the one hand, and the knowledge and skills of local people on the other side. Just be selective forms of agriculture and rural development to provide the population of this region the greatest opportunities of employment and self employment.
Within the project „A Gate to the Labour Market for Socially Marginalized People“, about five hundred members of target groups through the regional offices of the Employment and media will be informed and invited for inclusion in the project.
Sixty-five people belonging to the category of national minorities, of women older than forty years old and unemployed men over the age of forty-five years, and persons with disabilities, will get the opportunity through professional organizations and animation courses in rural tourism, ecological agriculture and computer literacy to raise level of knowledge and skills in the labor market.
Students who complete one of these three courses will be given the opportunity to enter the “competency book” or catalog of information about their knowledge and skills that will be distributed to potential employers in the region.
The project is implemented by the Center for Civil Initiatives, in partnership with the Open University Duga Resa and the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office in Karlovac.