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The development of Management Plan for the area of Studenica Monastery

A workshop on the occasion of Management Plan for the cultural heritage of Studenica Monastery was held at Studenica Monastery in the period November 5 - 6. It was organized by the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments and Studenica Monastery. Studenica Monastery was included in the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage List in 1986.

The workshop was held with the aim of defining priorities of the Management Plan and of future activities and management structure in the course of joint work and open discussion.

There gathered the members of professional team of the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, representatives of the local self-government of the Municipality of Kraljevo, the representatives of Studenica Monastery, local community office and the NGO sector, coordinators in charge of cultural goods that are on the preliminary World Heritage List, and PE "Srbijašume", the manager of the Nature Park "Golija". The meeting was also attended by the following representatives of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia:

Biljana Krsteski, Coordinator for protected areas, Dragana Petraš, Spatial planner and Nataša Panić, Head of the Education and Publishing Group.

Having in mind the significance of activities and involvement of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia regarding the protected area of Studenica Monastery, in the introductory presentations that provided guidelines for discussion, the expert associates of the Institute Biljana Krsteski and Nataša Panić held a presentation on the topic "UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Golija-Studenica: the protection and management".

Besides representatives of the Institute, the introductory lectures within the session Management of natural goods listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List were also held by: Vladimir Džanić, Art historian and Focal Point for UNESCO's immovable cultural heritage, who held the presentation "Management Plan for the Studenica Monastery and the Biosphere Reserve "Golija-Studenica" in the light of the UNESCO sustainable development policy", and Milica Dobričić, Spatial planner and Head of Group for the Special Purpose Plan, the Ministry of Construction, who spoke on the topic: "The Relation between Spatial and Management Plan for the cultural heritage good Studenica Monastery".

Priority determination in the management plan was carried out in the group work, in which the basis for defining future activities and projects, and management and organizational structure was the analysis of strengths, opportunities, weaknesses and threats by using the SWOT technique. Within the framework of the analysis, as the main advantage for the development of local communities in the wider surrounding of Studenica monastery, it was determined the importance of Studenica Monastery, as a cultural and spiritual center of national importance, along with natural resources of the Nature Park and the Biosphere Reserve, the management of which can contribute to overcoming the weaknesses in relation to the depopulation and infrastructural issues of local communities, in order to strengthen the efforts in the development of rural tourism and agricultural production. At the same time, a need to strengthen the educational capacities of local people in this field by means of Management Programs was stressed, as well as a need to raise awareness of the values and potentials of this region as part of the world heritage, by means of UNESCO's "Man and Biosphere" (MAB) and World Cultural Heritage.

The organizers presented the results of conservation and restoration works on frescoes in the Church of the Holy Virgin (Bogorodičina crkva), and the most recent presentation of the monastery value through Studenica's digital tour.

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