The Hoo Project: Owl and Other Wildlife Experiences is implemented within EU CBC Program Serbia–Montenegro 2014-2020 (IPA II) by Montenegrin partners Center for Protection and Research of Birds & NVO Sjeverna Zemlja and Serbian RTO Sandžak & UG Jadovnik.
The cross-border area between Serbia and Montenegro is abundant with natural resources, and that was a reason for this project area.
In municipalities Prijepolje, Sjenica, Tutin, Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, and Rožaje, there are very old forests and some locations have recently been explored scientifically for the first time, showing many hidden gems. In total, there are 15 nature protected areas within our destinations. The area exceeds expectations when it comes to some bird species, such as owl which is charismatic enough to provide new tourism offer, especially when combined with some other wildlife species, such as bears. This area is also home to many other charismatic species, such as the golden, imperial eagle, griffon vulture, peregrine falcon, rock partridge, black grouse, as well as rare bird species requiring larger natural forest complexes as their habitats.
The Hoo project is seizing the exceptional opportunity for tourism diversification in the wildlife and birdwatching segment and thus contributing to new tourist arrivals and generating sustainable income for local communities.
The project will be realized in 24 months and will end in January 2023.