“Sustainable rural development in Deshati mountain range region: Deshati LAGs.” (EU, April 2013–December 2014)
During April 2013 to December 2014, ANTTARC has implemented the “Sustainable rural development in Deshati mountain range region: Deshati LAGs” project. This project is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the IPA Cross-Border Programme the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Republic of Albania, 2007-2013. The project is being implemented in partnership with the Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) and the Regional Council of Diber.
The overall project objective was to contribute to “the sustainable rural development of the Deshati mountain range region”. The specific project objective was “to support the development of rural and mountain tourism in the Deshati mountain range region”. The project results include: A Local Action Group (Dibra Turistike/Touristic Diber) is established as a non-profit association, is organizationally developed based on the LEADER approach, and has become an active actor in local development in the municipality of Diber; The Dibra Turistike LAG has developed the Strategy of Tourism Development for the Deshati mountain range region and collaborates with local government and business for its implementation; The touristic offer of Deshati region is developed and promoted through the publications and multimedia presentations; Households engaged in rural/mountainous tourism from the Deshati region have increased their capacity in service provision; and Cooperation between local actors across the border is promoted.