Awards to the best business ideas in the wider area of protected landscape Bijambare

Organized by Cantonal Public Institution for Protected Natural Areas and Non-Governmental Organizations CENER 21, on April 25th, 2019, in the area of ​​the Protected Landscape "Bijambare", within the ECO KARST project, in the presence of numerous guests, awards for the best business ideas in the wider Bijambara area were given. The ceremony was attended by the Sarajevo Canton Government, in full capacity, led by Prime Minister, who welcomed and supported the activities being carried out with this project.

During the period from December 2018 to April 2019, workshop participants worked on developing business ideas with mentor support and guidance from project experts. Final result of this work is strengthened future entrepreneurs and business plans that will be necessary for further business development. The awarded will go to study trip in Slovenia where they will have the opportunity to present their business ideas at the auditorium of nearly two hundred participants from the River Danube Region Fair.

After awarding and getting acquainted with awarded business ideas, local Action Plan for development of close-to-nature activities in the wider area of Protected Landscape "Bijambare" was presented, which is one of the main results of the ECO KARST project, result of active work with local community. It would be proposed for integration into relevant planning, strategic, and development documents that treat the area of Protected Landscape "Bijambare" with wider environment.

The project “ECO KARST – ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development” is based on the possibilities of using protected areas natural heritage as a factor of sustainable economic development, taking into account the vulnerability and importance of karst ecosystem services. The ECO KARST project includes seven protected karst areas from seven countries that share common features and similar challenges. Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in this project with the Protected Landscape "Bijambare" since January 2017. The project is implemented under the Interreg Danube Transnational Cooperation Program, co-financed by the European Union through the ERDF and the IPA Fund.