Montenegro seeks to profit from abandoned military sites
While coastal facilities have proven to be easier to sell, there is cause for hope in the interior.
In the north, near the town of Andrijevica, the abandoned military camp ‘Duho Puharic’ has been transformed into an outdoor center ‘Mojan’ as part of a cross-border project between Montenegro and Kosovo, partly funded by 229,000 euros from the EU and 40,000 euros from the municipality of Andrijevica in Montenegro and Junik in Kosovo.
Mojan Hostel opened in February 2016.
“The idea was to transform the abandoned and ruined barracks into a center where young people would gather, but also to help the tourist development of this district,” said one of the center’s officials, Ivana Jukic. “Now tourists come here in summer and winter, because we serve them food bought in neighboring villages. “
Local communities in these border areas say this success could be replicated with more than a dozen former military sites near the towns of Plav, Gusinje and Andrijevica, saying they could also be used as tourist camps or refuges for Mountain.
But Gligoric said raising funds would be critical, as private investors are unlikely to get a quick return on their money.
“You have to invest a lot of money to renovate and then pay the maintenance costs,” Gligoric told BIRN. “It is difficult to recover the money invested. Since the state is not dedicated, the only way is to raise funds mainly through EU projects. Or these facilities will fall into disrepair.
In Poprat, the shepherd Prela saw hope in the announced plans for a scenic route in the region.
“Such a project could attract tourists,” he said. “Maybe the authorities or an investor could renovate the camp or make a small hotel.”