Parliamentary group for the protection of heritage: Herzegovina must better exploit its potential


A delegation from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) visited Capljina and Mostar.

The group of MPs Amer Obradovic, Nasiha Pozder and Lana Prlic, which is supported by the International Republican Institute (IRI), met with local and cantonal officials in Capljina and Mostar to discuss activities, challenges, promotion and the use of heritage for the benefit of the development of local communities as well as of society as a whole.

“In Capljina, the group met with Mayor Smiljan Vidic, as well as representatives of local authorities, NGOs, the Tourism Board and representatives of the creative industry. It was emphasized during the meeting that local communities need greater support from higher levels to adequately protect and manage cultural, historical and natural heritage in a more effective way ”, they stressed. .

In addition, the participants gathered at the meeting gave their support to the multi-stakeholder group for the referral to the parliamentary procedure of amendments to the law on the implementation of decisions of the Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments of the FBiH.

“Local communities must be adequately protected against foreign tour guides and groups that use BiH’s natural, cultural and historical resources, while local communities do not. Public calls from institutions and ministries pose many problems, so introducing digital applications in the wake of European best practices is something that the representatives of the Group will seek through their parliamentary engagement, through parliamentary initiatives ”, he said. – it has been specified.

After visiting Capljina, MPs Lana Prlic, Nasiha Pozder and Amer Obradovic met with the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Canton of Herzegovina-Neretva (HNC), Rasid Hadzovic.

The HNC is extremely rich in cultural, historical and natural heritage, and realizing the potential of this region is something that all levels of government should work on together. In addition, the parliamentarians took advantage of their visit to Herzegovina to visit national monuments.

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