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Mountaineering club "Kozara" from Banja Luka is organizing a VIA DINARICA VOLUNTEER CAMP at the Klanac bike park in Krupa na Vrbasu, as part of the DIG & RIDE festival. Camp will be held from 09/29/ to 06/10/2019.

We invite all outdoor enthusiasts who are ready and willing to volunteer and work on the construction and maintenance of MTB and hiking trails to send their short biography and motivation letter by Thursday 26/09/2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Number of participants is LIMITED!

39193531 1067090750109989 2111724351588925440 nActivity plan for the VD volunteer camp:

    Day 1 (29.09.) - Arrival of participants at the camp spot- trail visiting - resting
    Day 2 (30.09.) - Lecture and training of participants on the trail construction and maintenance - work in the camp
    Day 3 (01.10.) - Dividing volunteers into two groups - one group starts working on the trail from the top of Manjača towards Surjan (9 kilometers of the trail in total) - the other group doesthe trail from Surjan to the camp (8 kilometers of the trail in total)
    Day 4 (02.10.) - Continuation of the trail maintenance work started the previous day - work in the camp on the construction of the "pump ride"
    Day 5 (03.10.) - Construction and maintenance of a new 9km long trail (Vranovina - Krupa spring)
    Day 6 (04.10.) - Continuation of work on the new trail to the Krupa spring - work in the camp on the construction of the "pump ride"
    Day 7 (05.10.) - “Via dinarica day” - joint hike along the trail from Banja Luka to Krupa (Vrbas canyon, Samar & Ljubacic lookouts, Stone bridge, waterfalls and Krupa spring)
    Day 8 (06.10.) - Volunteer camp participants will be able to register and participate in the enduro race competition

Each evening during the VD volunteer camp, different workshops and acctivities will be held:

● Workshops by Center for Environment, Banja Luka (Screening of the Blue Heart of Europe)

● Mountain Rescue Service Workshops (In-Nature Disaster Management and First Aid)

● Photo Exhibition

● Acoustic groups - “Zdravo da ste”

● Outdoor film screenings and Via Dinarica presentation

This camp is being held as part of the project "VIA DINARICA Phase II - Improving the accessibility of Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and affirming the Via Dinarica brand" implemented by Association Terra Dinarica with partners, which is part of the Via Dinarica project in BiH co-funded by the United Nations Development Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP BiH), with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID BiH) and the Agency for Development Cooperation of the Republic of Italy (AICS).

 

Under the project Improvement of accessibility of Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and further affirmation of Via Dinarica brand, Terra Dinarica is seeking for individual-consultant services to provide tehnical assistance for identifying and assessing tourism stakeholders and resources along the Via Dinarica White trail in Kosovo* and Albania.

The aim is to provide follow-up on development activities on the White, Green and Blue Trails; to provide best practice and know – how on Via Dinarica trail assessment in Kosovo* and Albania; to promote and make visible all above mentioned through Via Dinarica web platform (OA - Outdooractive), and to gain Leading Quality Trail (LQT) – Best of Europe certificate for White Trail in BiH. The project builds on existing Project Via Dinarica: Assessment and Capacity Development (Phase II) and through previous projects funded by UNDP.
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Kosovo* and Albania have begun to become an attractive adventure tourism destination. With the highest mountains of the Dinaric Alps, these two countries have to be fully integrated into the Via Dinarica White Trail. Even though, both countries have many trails that are marked and connected to Via Dinarica, there are still gaps along the trail as well as proposed variants. In order to integrate both Kosovo* and Albania trails into the Via Dinarica trail platform, the good practice and expertise will be obtained, and assessments conducted by adventure tourism expert. Therefore 200 km of new trails have to be GPS marked with at least 30 accommodation facilities recorded, as well as other points of interest.

In order to achieve above mentioned, the adventure tourism expert have the following tasks and responsibilities:

- Conduct desk studies to gather information on existing trails and capacities;
- Identify businesses and service providers operating along the trail;
- Conduct a series of structured and semi-structured interviews with companies, existing and potential customers, local and international tourists;
- Conduct comparisons and analysis of existing capacities and adventure tourism potential in the respected areas;
- Conduct field visits in order to gather GPS data, conduct assessment of trails conditions, identify attractions and service providers operating along the trail and evaluate their current capacities and offer;
- Assist on inclusion of new trails, tours, points of interests, offers, and services to mountain tourism markets via Via Dinarica web platform.


Timeframe for implementation:

- Kosovo assessment by the end of November 2019
- Albania assessment by the end of July 2020


Profile of Expert(s)
- Good knowledge of the topics required for the Assessment;
- Previous work experience in outdoor adventure activities;
- Good health and fitness;
- Experience in trail assessment and development;
- Experience in managing GPS data;
- Good computer skills;
- Good knowledge of English;
- Experience with GIS software platforms is an advantage.

Budget
Max 10.000USD including transport, accommodation, and other costs.

Please send by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your technical and financial offer in line with the requirements of this ToR by no later than 30thAug at 16:00 hrs. On the basis of the above requirements, the consultants shall submit an updated CV, pro-invoice in the form of the offer, valid certificates, and copy of the ID Card.

The relevant documents are available for download below:

TOR for Kosovo/Albania tourism expert

Invitation to Quote - Consultant Services Kosovo/Albania


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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Complex of travertine waterfalls in Martin Brod at Una National Park, which is part of the Via Dinarica Green Trail in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is currently at the UNESCO tentative list.
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Martin Brod harbours the largest complex of waterfalls in the Una National park, with once numerous watermills and bučnica´s – natural-eco laundry. Milančev buk waterfall is one of the sequent waterfalls and cascades which are spread throughout the entire village of Martin Brod all the way to the Unac’s confluence with the Una. This 800-meter-long sequence of waterfalls and cascades with a vertical drop of 54 meters is the largest and longest waterfalls complex in the Una National park.

 

The Conference Via Dinarica - a platform for sustainable tourism development and local economic growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina was held on the occasion of the celebration of the International Mountain Day in Sarajevo on 11 December 2017. Improvements of the tourist offer throughout the country were presented and attention was drawn to the importance of sustainable tourism development for a better life of all people in BiH, especially residents of country’s rural and remote locations. 
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Via Dinarica is an initiative of USAID and UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a total value of US $ 1.6 million and is implemented in partnership with: Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska. The goal of the Via Dinarica project is to contribute to the reduction of economic, social and regional disparities in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the affirmation of Via Dinarica as the unique regional tourist destination of the Dinaric Arc countries.

Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, emphasized that the Via Dinarica project is an incentive for everyone in BiH to invest more in tourism. "I have to say that investments in tourism are small and we lag behind countries of the region. I believe that this is a chance to take a closer look at this important sector, which can be the engine of the economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I think we need to build the perception of BiH as a country that is a desirable tourist destination. Tourism should be integrated in all cantonal, entity, and state-level plans, must be part of all reform agendas and all the budget plans - in order to make that key step forward and earn the first billion from tourism in BiH," Minister Šarović emphasized.
"Via Dinarica is a unique project because it naturally connects people of the Balkans, tourists from all over the world with BiH, as well as people with nature," said Sezin Sinanoglu, Resident Representative of UNDP in BiH. "Since 2015, exceptional success has been achieved. The living standard of tourist service providers in rural areas has been improved, as thanks to education and investment in better capacities they can provide better services to all visitors." Sinanoglu emphasized that very successful and strong partnership with the authorities at all levels was achieved through Via Dinarica Project. The uniqueness of the Project was recognized by the world's prestigious world media such as The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Outside, The Vogue, and National Geographic Traveler, the last of which has classified this destination as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2017.
The USAID Mission's Office of Economics Director Andrew Boegel believes that this project is remarkable. "The project has contributed to the development of the local community, the enterprises, the creation of new jobs and the marking of the thousands of kilometers, which emphasized the great potential BiH and tourism have," Bogel said. 
"This project is developing sports-adventure and eco-tourism, which are the two fastest growing branches of tourism in the world and even in BiH," said Edita Đapo, Minister of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. the project has led to economic strengthening of people in local communities, in mountains and in rural areas, enabling people to remain in these areas and to live up to their work. 
"The FBiH Government has recognized the importance of this project and has supported it with 300,000 KM in the last two years. I hope that this project will also find institutional, political and financial support to continue with its realization," added Minister Đapo.

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Predrag Gluhaković, Trade and Tourism Minister of Republika Srpska, said: "From an economic point of view, this project is of immense importance because Via Dinarica contributes to economic development through employment of the local population as well as increase of accommodation capacities in rural areas and increase of tourist services in Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. "
The film premiered on the film about Via Dinarica and opened an exhibition of photographs of the most beautiful landscapes of this corridor. Also presented are the Via Dinarica web portal and mobile application, and the special edition of the Bradt Travel Guide dedicated to the so-called. the white path of Via Dinarica in BiH. The panel discussions discussed with local and regional partners about possible ways of further development of the Via Dinarica initiative based on past experience. 

Text source: UNDP BiH

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Via Dinarica BiH Terra Dinarica | Vladimira Nazora 2, 71000 Sarajevo, BiH
Phone: +387 62 393 393 e-mail: bosnia@viadinarica.com

Via Dinarica Croatia Palmotićeva 27, 10000 Zagreb, Cro
Phone: +385 91 51 41 740, Alan Čaplar, e-mail: info@viadinarica.hr

Via Dinarica Slovenia RRA Zeleni kras, d.o.o., Prečna ulica 1, 6257 Pivka, Slo
Phone: +386(0)5 72 12 243, Fax: +386(0)5 72 12 245, slovenia@viadinarica.com

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