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Rural Ecotourism Development Opportunity

Kosovo is an autonomous province of the Republic of Serbia that declared its independence on 17th February 2008 and has been partially recognised as an independent state. Covering an area of 10,887km², it has approximately 1,800,000 inhabitants, 92.42% of whom are Albanians, with Serbs accounting for barely 1.5% of the population. GDP per capita unofficially stands at 5,290.48 USD.

Kosovo’s independence has to date been recognised by 98 UN member states, though it has not been recognised by 97 countries, including five EU member states: Romania, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Slovakia. Kosovo submitted its application for EU membership on 15th December 2022. The President of Kosovo is Vjosa Osmani of the Guxo [Dare] party, while its Prime Minister is Albin Kurti of the Lëvizja Vetëvendosje [Self-determination Movement] party.

Kosovo’s economy is based on the production of electricity, brown coal and lead and zinc ore, agriculture, and the textiles and construction materials industries.

Ecotourism represents an excellent development opportunity for rural areas of Kosovo, with many villages having been all but abandoned. And given that Kosovo’s rural areas represent regions with outstanding natural assets, they can be transformed into true ecological oases. Kosovo’s natural potential represents a solid foundation for the development of ecotourism, with further development able to impact positively on the sustainable development of the entire territory.

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