Transhumance is the traditional movement of farmers and their livestock in the mountains, looking for better pastures and setting up temporary settlements called katuns. These katuns are usually in high altitudes, have no infrastructure and people live in harmony with nature. This is an ancient tradition in the cross-border area of Kosovo* and Montenegro, practiced widely even today.
However, these katuns offer limited or no services to tourists at all. This project aims to increase their capacities to provide tourism services and products. In other words, its overall objective is to improve the volume, quality and visibility of tourism related to valorisation of cultural and natural heritage and values; and its specific objective is to include transhumance in the tourism offer of Kosovo and Montenegro.
As traditional katuns are something truly authentic and unique for this cross-border area, their usage as a new tourism offer can contribute to economic development of the area. It is expected that this project will result in developed thematic katun trail, as well as camping sites and rest points. Also, 90 families along the trail will benefit from provision of solar systems and capacity building for tourism services.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.