Structural characteristics of secondary housing in Blidinje Nature Park
Blidinje Nature Park is the site of abundant natural, cultural and historical resources that bear witness to the long-standing tradition of livestock raising. Livestock holders from the lower areas in Herzegovina created seasonal and permanent shephhuts and took their livestock up to the mountain pastures. With the end of this way of life, this area suffered from pronounced depopulation. In addition to traditional animal husbandry, winter tourism began to develop in the mountain areas, while summer tourism began in the naturally attractive landscapes in the Blidinje Nature Park area in the 1980s. In the 2000s, tourism was already developing rapidly and with the construction of the Risovac sports centre, uncontrolled construction of illegal second homes also began. Secondary housing, ie second homes, are found in four settlements areas: Risovac, Masna Luka, Dugo Polje and near Blidinje Lake. In terms of the ownership structure of these second homes, most are owned by persons having residence in the Western Herzegovina and Herzegovina-Neretva Counties of BiH, and the southern Adriatic regions of Croatia. These secondary housing structures present a significant issue in this strictly protected natural area. The cultural, historical and ethnographic heritage in the area has not yet been sufficiently valorised or protected. Sustainable development of tourism, with adequate protection and controlled construction in accordance with spatial regulations could prevent depopulation in these areas.
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