Centre for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives (CSTI) in cooperation with Centre for Rural Sudies & International Agriculture (CERAI) and Qendra Burimore e Permaukultres (QBP) from Shkoder are the implementing partners for an 18 month project titled: The Valorisation of an Ethno-Gastronomic Heritage Route of the Lake of Shkodra/Skadar. This project is funded by the European Union contributing 85% of the total cost, 15% from CERAI and 15% from the Ministry of Culture and Sports in Montenegro, and will be managed by the Delegation of the European Union in Montenegro and Albania.
The overall objective of the project involves the revival of sustainable socio-economic development of cross-border region between Albania and Montenegro, by promoting a new model of integrated tourism based on the qualitative local products, services and natural, historical and cultural heritage. The specific objective is the development of cross-border tourism product through the ethno- gastronomic route in the area of Shkodër and Lake Shkodra/Skadar. Target groups include consumers, professional categories and local authorities, while the ultimate beneficiaries are local producers, local economic agents and culinary entrepreneurs, traditional communities, tourists and artisans.
The main activities of this project will involve the following: