In the organisation of the Department for development and international projects of Zenica-Doboj Canton on 9th May 2018 a press conference and the presentation of the NETWORLD project (“Networking in the Preservation of the Multinational Heritage of the First World War of the Danube Countries”) was held. The project is implemented in the framework of the Interreg Danube 2014-2020 transnational cooperation programme.
The NETWORLD project aims to implement a systematic approach to the management and use of resources and cultural heritage from the First World War in the areas of the Danube, combining this heritage with sustainable cultural tourism, developing cultural and tourist strategies, tools, tourist routes and services. Implementation of the Project started in January 2017 and will last for a total of 30 months. The leading partner in the project is the Development Centre of the Soča Valley, Slovenia. The NETWORLD project will enable a joint and integrated approach to preserving the cultural heritage of the First World War of the Danube countries, involving fourteen project partners and ten affiliated strategic partners from nine countries belonging to the Danube region. Department for development and international projects of Zenica-Doboj canton and the Faculty of Economics in Sarajevo are project partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The project will enable documenting of the cultural heritage, enhancing the preservation of the same one before marking the centenary since the end of the First World War. The aim of the press conference was to present the project as well as to increase the interest and knowledge of the public for participation in future project activities and the preservation of the cultural heritage. The conference was opened by Mr. Emir Bihorac, Project NETWORLD Coordinator, in front of the Department for development and international projects of Zenica-Doboj Canton. Presenting project objectives and activities, the Project Coordinator emphasized the importance of such a project and its contribution to the preservation of the World Cultural World’s cultural and historical heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor of history, Mr. Jasmin Mandžukić spoke about the First World War in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the importance of preserving the cultural and historical heritage
In front of the Zenica City Museum, Mr. Adnandin Jašarević, Director of the Museum, spoke about the events in the city of Zenica during the First World War.
It is expected that the activities of the NETWORLD project will create a variety of diverse and quality travel routes to enhance the visitor experience and locations of relevance to World War One. Also, the project promotes the idea of a common past through the improvement of institutional capacity to promote the legacy of the First World War. This conference is expected to further develop cultural heritage management plans, which will be involved in the development of cultural tourism in B&H as well as the entire region.