The Republic of Serbia has been participating in the “Regional Program for Cultural and Natural Heritage of South-East Europe, Council of Europe” since 2003, with the aim to valorize cultural and natural heritage as a factor of regional identity, but also of political cooperation in harmonized policies addressing cultural heritage sustainable development. In 2011, based on the decision made by the Council of Ministries of Culture from South-East Europe, the project had been extended, this time under the name of “Ljubljana Process II – Rehabilitation of Common Heritage”.
The goal of the Ljubljana Process II is to ensure application of management instruments for high quality rehabilitation of heritage through development of IPRR/SAAH methodology, integration of inter-sectoral practice, development of regional cooperation and establishment of sustainable financial mechanisms. Ljubljana Process is technically and financially supported by the Council of Europe (Directorate for Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity of the Council of Europe), and by the European Commission (The Directorate General for Enlargement). Ljubljana Process II is managed by an international regional organization called Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) with its head office located in Sarajevo, through regional Working Group for Culture and Society established in September 2010. Its work is technically coordinated by the Secretariat located in Cetinje. The program is simultaneously applied in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Montenegro, as well as in Kosovo* in compliance with the Government Decision on participation of representatives from Kosovo institutions in regional conferences, in compliance with the UN Resolution 1244.
The Management Plan for spatial cultural-historicalunit Senjski Rudnik has the aim to enable efficient management, protection and rehabilitation and economic development of this area. It addresses
identification of key issues related to management and legal regime, economic potentials and rehabilitation principles pertaining to cultural-historicalunit Senjski Rudnik.
The part referring to the protection and rehabilitation of Senjski Rudnik has been prepared by DjordjeMilovanović from the Cultural Heritage Preservation Institute in Kragujevac, the analysis of economic potentials has been developed by MSc HristinaMikić from Modern Business School, Belgrade whilst the analysis of legal aspects and management of Senjski Rudnik has been developed by lawyers PredragDikić and MilošMilanović from the City Hall of Kragujevac.
The plan has been drafted in accordance with principles of participatory process in the development of management documents, and as such should provide for management framework and support coordination of actions which will contribute to integrated protection and conservation of this area.
Since Senjski Rudnik is the first pilot project related to sustainable development based on the exclusive orientation towards service providing, primarily cultural activities, and creative industries in tourism, specific attention was paid to perception and valuation of the potential of the site for economic rehabilitation of local communities and region where it is located.
We are using this opportunity to thank Prof. Dr Gojko Rikalović from Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Director of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Institute of Kragujevac for useful suggestions, as well as AsjaDraci-Munetan from the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Estela Radonjić-Živkov and NenadLajbespergen from the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments for all the assistance they provided in project implementation.