The Dubrovnik-Neretva Region develops an innovative regional action plan on two touristic islands

In the framework of the WINTER MED Interreg Med project, six regions are implementing activities to elaborate a Regional Action Plan with local partners. These campaigns are part of the transferring activities which aim to discuss a transnational strategy to foster a sustainable and all-year-round tourism in the Mediterranean. In the Dubrovnik-Neretva Region (Croatia), the Regional Agency DUNEA is considering both landscapes and urban areas on two islands for its Regional Action Plan.

The Regional Agency DUNEA, in collaboration with the Spatial Planning Department of the Region, and local municipalities, have determined the settlements on the islands of Korčula and Mljet as pilot projects for a more sustainable tourism. The main objective is to create an expert basis for the “Integral Protection of Cultural and Historical Entities of Existing Settlements in Island Landscapes”. This is considered as a prerequisite for sustainable and responsible year-round tourism. After different presential or online meetings, it has been decided that this expert basis will provide coverage and guidelines to be added into the spatial planning documentation. It will facilitate the protection, the preservation, and the restoration of valuable environmental, cultural, and historical sites.

Thus, the first phase of process consisted in collecting information and cataloguing them to make them accessible to all the partners. Then, an important work was done to develop the “conservation-urban plan” of the pilot area. This plan tends to preserve, revitalization, and/or rehabilitate the historical urban centres through mapping activities. The urban plan and the objectives were discussed with experts and institutions in a 1st policy delivering workshop, and then presented to local populations to raise awareness on the value of preserved cultural and historical sites.

The draft Regional Action Plan has been delivering by the end of March. Then, feedbacks will be collected to improve it and to finally present a final version expected by next September.