With the highest mountains of the Dinaric Alps, Kosovo* and Albania have to be fully integrated into the Via Dinarica White Trail. In order to integrate both Kosovo* and Albania, the good practice and expertise will be obtained, and assessments conducted by adventure tourism expert.
Therefore 200 km of new trail have to be GPS marked and at least 30 accommodation facilities recorded.
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 identify attractions and service providers operating along the trail and evaluate their current capacities and offer.
- Assist on inclusion of new routes/tours, offers, products and services to mountain tourism markets via Via Dinarica web platform.
General information about the Project
Responsible Party Agreement Identification Number: BIH10/00107611&00111453-Terra Dinarica-001
Title of the Project: Improvement of accessibility of Via Dinarica trails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and further affirmation of Via Dinarica brand
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo*
Duration: 24 months (March 2019 - March 2021)
UNDP Grant/Total budget (EUR): 211.000USD
Terra Dinarica (TD)
The project builds on existing Project Via Dinarica: Assessment and Capacity Development (Phase II) and through previous projects funded by UNDP.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) still struggle in achieving economic stability. Tourism, and in particular adventure tourism, has been identified by both local and international institutions as great potential tourism development in BiH. Job creation and income generation is a key factor in achieving that stability. Terra Dinarica aims to utilize the vast comparative advantages for BiH and the region in this field by developing the Via Dinarica as a mega brand that will be the foundation for broad, cross sector, environmentally sustainable development and job creation with a strong focus on vulnerable populations, such as women, elderly, youth and returnees in rural areas in the Dinaric region.
The project will be implemented over a 24 months span.
The project aims 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.
Therefore, above mentioned challenges will be addressed and goals achieved by:
- Maintaining and improving the Via Dinarica trail infrastructure in BiH;
- Identifying and assessing tourism stakeholders and resources along the Via Dinarica White trail in Kosovo* and Albania;
- Promoting the Via Dinarica destination through OA web platform and social media channels;
- Certifying the Via Dinarica White Trail in BiH under the LQT – Best of Europe quality certificate
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 June 2020
- Albania assessment by the end of June 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
- Max 5.000USD including transport, accommodation, and other costs.
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The second phase of the Via Dinarica project is implemented and co-financed 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). The second phase of this project is carried out in cooperation with local partners - the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Republika Srpska, local authorities, as well as the non-governmental and private sectors active in tourism.
*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.