Donors’ Conference: “Facilitating an area-based development approach in rural cross-border areas of the Western Balkans”, 5th May 2011, Belgrade, Serbia


The “Drina – Tara pilot area” as an example for an area-based development approach in rural cross-border areas is promising success story where for the first time in the Western Balkans, the problems deriving from the fragmentation have been addressed at regional level and across borders in an integrated way.

This pilot project was presented and discussed among 120 participants at the Donors’ Conference recently held in Belgrade upon the initiative and organization by the European Commission (Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies & Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Standing Working Group for Regional Rural Development (SWG-RRD). The conference was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Serbia with an assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sector for Agriculture, Rural Development Department) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Montenegro

As concluded by the Ministries and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of the discussed pilot project – the activities which were promoted and practically implemented on the field leaded to not only easier and faster economic development of the region, but also greatly increased over the border cooperation of the local population and therefore a stronger cooperation between local institutions and greater opportunity for further joint work on development programs in the framework of IPA funds.

At the closing session, during his final addressing, Mr. Boban Ilic (Secretary General of SWG-RRD) concluded by calling again bilateral donors and international financial institutions to study possible ways to support stakeholders of the Drina Tara area. He announced that the SWG-RRD will keep on examining whether the area based methodologies can further be used in other areas and, in the Drina Tara area, he confirmed that the SWG-RRD will take over the coordinating role for the implementation of the action plan, in order to take advantage of the high level of ownership achieved until now. He invited all interested parties to contact SWG-RRD for future action.

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