first_imgWhen developing sustainable tourism in protected areas, it is necessary to take care of the quality of services based on local, authentic experiences and knowledge, which preserve the cultural heritage, traditional way of life and traditional use of space.  “Considering that the Lika Destination Cluster is already implementing a project of branding the destination as a destination of protected natural areas and a gastro destination, this experience will certainly come in handy to the colleagues of TK UNASANA. In addition to the extremely rich natural beauty, these destinations should be recognized by local gastronomic specialties, but also by cultural and historical values ​​and other specifics. This cooperation will only come to full significance if we use together the available European and other financial resources for the development and well-being of these two neighboring destinations.”Said Petra Butković, head of the Lika Destination Cluster.  “After the UNASANA Tourism Cluster successfully formalized cooperation with the Herzegovina cluster, signing an agreement with the neighboring cluster from Lika is a big step for the development of sustainable tourism in this region. Development of tourism in protected areas is a privilege and challenge, but also a great responsibility. tourists need to be organized in a way that does not endanger natural values. Clustering in tourism is a trend that has long gripped Europe and has proven to be a successful model for strengthening tourism in local communities, and as a model for increasing market competitiveness. Today’s panel, in which we learned many experiences from the neighboring cluster Lika Destination, is a great wind in the back of the UNASANA cluster”Points out Zrinka Delic, head of WWF’s project” Protected areas for nature and people – Field Project Una “.  This is one of the conclusions of the panel discussion on “Potentials and risks of tourism in protected areas”, which was held in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized by the UNASANA Tourist Cluster. NP UNAcenter_img The meeting was attended by representatives of relevant ministries, managers of protected areas and representatives of the World Conservation Organization WWF from BiH and Croatia. During the panel, successful examples of tourism development in protected areas from the region were presented, and the meeting ended with the signing of a cooperation agreement between neighboring tourism clusters – TK UNASANA and Lika Destination. TK UNASANA was established within the implementation of the regional project “Protected areas for nature and people” (PA4NP) implemented by WWF Adria and funded by the Swedish Development Agency (Sida). The destinations of UNASANA and Lika form in Europe a unique ring of as many as five national parks extremely rich in water resources, which is an additional reason for nature conservation, but also the promotion of tourist destinations. Plitvice Lakes and Una National Parks have already signed an agreement on cooperation in the protection of natural values, which further upgrades the new cooperation between the two clusters.last_img

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