Sustainable Tourism Development of Mirdita through Promotion of Culture Heritage

The project aims to develop local socio-economic and cultural opportunities as a tool for the revitalization of communities and local economic development. Activities in this project will promote culture, traditions, and natural values of this country, that should promote and become accessible for the public and tourist and above all contributing the socio-economic development in this area.

The duration of this project is 12 months and beneficiaries are about the increase of activities and youth, tourism, culture, and education of 100 women in traditional skills.

The evaluation of the results and achievements of the project are aimed at presenting the role of cultural heritage to the public as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development, also to increase public authorities, comprehensive and gender-sensitive models as well as to strengthen the professional capacities of individuals, local groups working for cultural heritage, sustainable development, and tourism.

In terms of the target group, they will be about 100 rural youth and youth from Mirdita, about 20 medium and small enterprises, civil society organizations and 10 individual practitioners of cultural sites, domestic and foreign visitors, and public authorities at local and national level.

Outcomes: Raising and increasing public awareness of the role of cultural heritage as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development.

Public authorities support and promote growth, inclusive and gender-sensitive models.

Strengthened professional capacities of local individuals and groups working of cultural heritage, sustainable development and tourism involved and contributing to economic well-being.

The project is in line with the local and regional development such a General Local Plan and Operational Plan for Local Development of Mirdita.

Period of implementation  March 2023 – February 2024

This project is supported by the EU4Culture programme financed by the European Union and implemented by UNOPS in cooperation withthe Ministry of Economy, Culture and Innovation.

Its contents are the sole responsibility of Milieukontakt and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union and/or UNOPS.

Results and beneficiaries:

  • At least 15 young women started to produce handcrafts using traditional symbols;
  • 1 template of business plan prepared;
  • 1 mapping study identifying values, problems and potential of development in Mirdita;
  • 4 modules prepared for each vocational course (tourism service, embroidery, pyrography, nature guide);
  • At least 164 of community/direct beneficiaries’ engagement;
  • Staff of municipality involved and consulted during the project implementation;
  • 4 natural trails cleaned;
  • 4 natural trails marked;
  • 1 kick off meeting organized;
  • 35 participants took place in the kick off meeting (13 were women);
  • 109 women and youth participate in 5 days vocational courses (61 women);
  • 23 small and potential enterprises were trained on how to develop their small business considering sustainable tourism (17 women);
  • 4 billboards with information of the area installed in 4 trails;
  • 1 promotional video on the area and project;
  • Organization of the fair to promote artisans and local businesses;
  • Promotion of handicrafts and artisans in social media.




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