Sustainable development of mountain areas - Experiences, challenges and perspectives

The conference is organized in the framework of project ‘’Valorizing the Montenegrin Katunsthrough sustainable development of agriculture and tourism - KATUN’’www.katun.me). Katuns as nuclei of traditional agriculture in mountain areas face many challenges. This uniqueness of Montenegro has to be preserved and revitalized via new opportunities in tourism and other complementary activities (handcraft, trade, culture, services). The Conference objective is to provide an overview of different experiences and good practices in development of mountain areas, to improve understanding of the challenges in dynamic social and economic environment and to bring together key players in development of Montenegrin mountains. As an important milestone of the project, the Conference is expected to contribute in achieving the main project aims: knowledge and innovations’ transfer to the agriculture and agro-tourism; generate entrepreneurship in the mountainous multifunctional agriculture; and achieve sustainable cultural heritage protection. 1.The main idea of KATUN project, being implemented by the interdisciplinary research team, is to create a knowledge base for the multipurpose use of the Montenegrin mountain resources, by combining the traditional agriculture with boosting tourism activities and protecting the cultural heritage.

The Conference objective is to provide an overview of different experiences and good practices in development of mountain areas, to improve understanding of the challenges in dynamic social and economic environment and to bring together key players in development of Montenegrin mountains. As an important milestone of the project, the Conference is expected to contribute in achieving the main project aims: knowledge and innovations’ transfer to the agriculture and agro-tourism; generate entrepreneurship in the mountainous multifunctional agriculture; and achieve sustainable cultural heritage protection.

The main thematic areas The conference will be focused on the social, cultural and business environment in development of mountain areas, specifically on:

- Social innovations and entrepreneurship in rural development

- Sustainable agricultural production in mountainous areas, especially on katuns

- Promotion and protection of the traditional products

- Ecological system services in mountainous areas, environment and biodiversity protection

- Sustainable eco-rural tourism

- Cultural-historical heritage: story, material, the perspectives

All main thematic areas will be opened by keynote speakers.