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Local economy development in Bosnia and Herzegovina based on V4 experiences

Four partner organizations implement a local product project in Bosnia and Herzegovina which consists of three parts:

– a 5 days seminar for future local producers from Tuzla Canton;

– organizing a study tour in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic for the seminar participants and for a few experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina;

– promoting the local product theme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, transfering project experience to others (officials of public bodies, experts, NGOs) in the country.


– Giving for future local producers such theoretical and practical knowledge, what can be a basis for starting production of local products and also for successful sales.

– To draw attention to the local product theme in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Target groups:

– Future local producers from the Tuzla Canton (ca. 25 participants);

– Relevant decision makers of public bodies, experts, NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Project background

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in Tuzla Canton, the unemloyment rate is high. In 2019 the number of people being employed in Tuzla Canton amounted to 99,962 persons, while 78,928 people were out of job amounting to 44% of the total workforce, mostly women and young people. There are potentials for tourism development in TC area. These are Tuzla, with the formed complex of salt lakes, Lake Modrac and the protected area of the mountain Konjuh. Women in the region are mostly housewives and have very few opportunities to find work and earn their living. Starting the production and sale of typical local products would be very important for the female population, because in their environment they could connect, produce and sell products traditionally produced from raw materials. It would also be a preparation for local tourism services in this area.

The V4-partners (Magosfa, CEA, SEVER) have been dealing with sustainable regional development, including the survey and promotion of local products. For example Magosfa organized local product fairs, festivals, professional gatherings, installed outdoor product boards and published publications. Between 2015-2018, the V4-partners participated together in an Erasmus+-project. Its aim was to develop and implement adult education modules in 3 topics in order to achieve sustainable rural development. Magosfa was in charge of the development of the local economy and the production of local product modules. They developed a training module and tested it in a series of seminars and study trips.

This project in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be partly based on the former Erasmus+ application though the V4-partners plan to reshape it to local conditions.

Project implementation:

The implementation of the project will start 1st of November 2020.

Project partners:

1. Magosfa Környezeti Nevelési és Ökoturisztikai Alapítvány (Magosfa Foundation for Environmental Education and Ecotourism)

Hungary, Vác, coordinator, Visegrad4 partner


2. Centar za Ekologiju i Energiju (Center for Ecology and Energy)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla, West Balkan partner

Logo Centar za ekologiju i energiju(1)

3. Centrum environmentálnych aktivít (Center of Environmental Activities)

Slovakia, Trenčín, Visegrad4 partner

logo centrum-environmentalnych-aktivit

4. Středisko ekologické výchovy SEVER Horní Maršov, o.p.s. (SEVER – The Rýchory Centre of Environmental Education and Ethics)

Czech Republic, Horní Maršov, Visegrad4 partner

Financial background

The project is financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund.