CSTI has successfully completed the asset mapping phase for the Via Dinarica project. Our team conducted extensive field work along the proposed Via Dinarica hiking and biking trail in the Sinjajevina, Durmitor, and Piva Mountain regions of northern Montenegro during Summer and Fall 2011. CSTI visited numerous families and small business owners along the route in order to better understand regional offerings and the needs and expectations of community members. Many of these potential stakeholders were eager to participate, expressing a capacity to provide services such as private accommodation, meals, and/or activities such as horseback riding, sightseeing excursions, and farm visits/homestays.
Information collected via these questionnaires and personal interviews will be used to compile a guidebook and website for the route, which will include details about what each household can offer and contact information. Partaking in the unique offerings of these stakeholders will provide visitors with a valuable cultural experience and a chance to taste local products, while providing business to local stakeholders/producers along the route, thus helping to support long term sustainability of these communities and their traditions. Offerings of local stakeholders include homemade products such as cheese, kaimek, skorup, juices and jams, smoked and dried meat, wild herbs for tea, honey, brandy, fruit and vegetables and souvenirs/handicrafts.