Vukovar workshops showcase opportunities in tourism and cultural restoration

May 8, 2013

Workers' Hall / Photo by: Sunčica Pleština

The first of two public workshops designed to make local residents aware of funding opportunities for cultural restoration and tourism development projects was organized in Vukovar on 8 May 2013 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The workshops are part of a broader €1.64 million project to reconstruct the facades of the Workers' Hall (Radnički dom) and in the process help restore the community's economic potential. Funding comes from the European Parliament and the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, through the Fund for the Reconstruction and Development of Vukovar.
UNDP has already organized a capacity-building workshop for local NGOs and National Minority Councils in Vukovar in October 2012, and also conducted a number of broad community consultations on the future uses of the interior of Workers' Hall.
The workshops are open to members of the local community, minority councils, NGO representatives and staff of the Town administration. The aim is to provide participants with the information they need to obtain funds for local development projects, with a focus on promoting tourism based on Vukovar's diverse cultural heritage and securing funding for projects to rebuild heritage monuments. The subject matter will include practical examples from other regions which were successful in local development projects based on cultural heritage reconstruction.