2. A decade after the end of the ethnic strife, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still facing difficulties of post-conflict challenges. Despite its immense income generating potentials in tourism, high unemployment rate, poverty and a large number of remaining land mines hinder economic recovery and development. This project aims at realizing long-term socio-economic development in municipalities of Stolac, Trebinje and the South-East District of the City of Mostar by assisting municipalities and CSOs in capacity building activities. The following activities will be implemented:
- Removing landmines from approximately 180,000 square meters of land to be used for income generating activities;
- Improving capacities of local government and communities in waste management to increase public health and better living conditions for residents in the region;
- Supporting local government, NGOs and citizens to start up small scale businesses in tourism through providing technical support and micro-finance allocation (This component was formulated on the basis of the 2005 JICA Study on Sustainable Development through Eco-Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.);
- Restoring cultural and historical heritages in each municipality site as part of the local efforts for ethnic reconciliation.
3. This project is expected to facilitate sustainable socio-economic development and peace building amongst the abovementioned municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.