Status: in progress
Categorization: tourism, habitat and biodiversity, cultural heritage, local development
Period: 01.06.2020 / 01.08.2022
Name: Kristina Crnjac
Contact address: Stjepana Radića 3, Mostar
Summary description: The Hutovo blato Aqua Path is a unique tourist and educational offer of the Hutovo Blato Nature Park, which allows visitors to truly enjoy in natural benefits of this protected sub-Mediterranean wetland. The Aqua Path is a water route that shows the true natural values and beauties of Hutovo blato. With 61 occasionaly or permanently active springs and six lakes: Deransko, Jelim, Drijen, Orah, Škrka and Svitava, which are connected by canals and ravines, together with the Krupa River, Hutovo blato Nature Park offers great diversity and richness of water landscapes, which can rarely be seen and experienced anywhere. Sailing on the Krupa River, and a number of lakes: Deransko, Drijen, Orah, as well as canals and ravines that connect them, the Hutovo blato Aqua Path provides a view of the untouched richness and diversity of the wetland Hutovo blato, which is interesting and significant from ornithological, ichthyological, scientific, ecological and tourist point of view. The Aqua Path allows visitors to experience a magical world of aquatic habitats and unique flora and fauna, providing unforgettable moments that will be remembered for a long time.
EU Challenges for sustainable tourism: (i) preserving and giving value to natural and cultural heritage and diversity
Reason of interest for COASTING: The project partners jointly devised a new tourism product, the so-called a blue pass, and each partner devised a new thematic route with improved infrastructure, in order to attract more tourists to the area. Apart from the Water Trail in Hutovo Blato, the Blue Pass includes tours of the cultural and historical heritage in Dubrovnik and the Aquarium, then in Kotor and the Aquarium in Boka, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of Mostar together with the Neretva River. The Blue Pass, in addition to improving the tourist offer, also promotes the exceptional natural heritage of this area, with an emphasis on the unique biodiversity of aquatic flora and fauna. In this context, it contributes to the preservation of natural heritage, while promoting sustainable forms of tourism.
Budget: 275,084.55 €
Financial sources: The project is co-financed within the trilateral Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program of the Republic of Croatia-BiH-Montenegro, for the programming period from 2014-2020.
Territorial context: Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a unique sub-Mediterranean wetland, located in the Neretva Delta, in the southeast of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This karst green beauty covers an area of 7,411 ha, which administratively belongs to the Herzegovina-Neretva County, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to the beauty of the landscape, this area is characterized by a wealth of different aquatic ecosystems: wetlands, lakes and rivers, which are habitats of many endangered and endemic species. Due to its exceptional natural values, Hutovo blato is protected nationally, as a Nature Park and internationally, as Ramsar Site. The Aqua Path as a new tourist offer is being realized within the project Discovering transboundary aquatic biodiversity or EXCHANGE for short. Apart from Hutovo Blato, the University of Dubrovnik, the Tourist Board of Kotor and the Institute of Marine Biology in Montenegro, as well as the Tourist Board of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton are also participating in the EXCHANGE project.
Regulation framework: Development Strategy of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (2021-2027), Rural Development Strategy of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (2021-2027), Water Management Strategy of the FB&H 2010-2022, Water Management Plan for the Adriatic Sea Basin in the FB&H
Objectives: The water trail is a new tourist offer of the Hutovo Nature Park, which aims to attract more tourists to this area, primarily nature lovers, and to promote natural values and the importance of nature protection.
Stakeholders involvement: The Aqua Path as a new tourist offer is being realized within the project Discovering transboundary aquatic biodiversity or EXCHANGE for short. Apart from Hutovo Blato, the University of Dubrovnik, the Tourist Board of Kotor and the Institute of Marine Biology in Montenegro, as well as the Tourist Board of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton are also participating in the EXCHANGE project.
Results achieved: In the current phase of project implementation, the Aqua Path has been developed, as a new tourist content of the Hutovo Blato Nature Park. By the end of the project implementation, the Aqua Path will be incorporated into a new tourist product in the cross-border area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, as part of the so-called Blue passes, which, along with Hutovo blato, will enable tourists to visit new thematic routes with improved infrastructure: the Aquarium in Dubrovnik, the Aquarium in Boka and the Neretva River.
Potential for learning and transfer