Basic data and geographical position

Zlatibor Region is situated in the southwest of Serbia, at the three-border point of the Republic of Serbia, Republic of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina and it covers the territories of 10 municipalities: Arilje, Bajina Bašta, Čajetina, Ivanjica, Kosjerić, Nova Varoš, Požega, Priboj, Prijepolje and Užice. Its total area is 6,172 km2, which is 11% of the total area of the Republic of Serbia, and which makes it one of the largest regional districts of this type.

There are about 305,000 people living in the region (there has been a decline in the population year after year) or 4.1% of the population of the Republic. Zlatibor Region itself covers an area of 6,141 km2 and is the largest in Serbia. ZR is mostly a mountainous region. Of all its territory, on average, agricultural areas cover 50.2%, most of which are in the municipality of Požega (61.1%), whereas the smallest area is in the municipality of Priboj (32.7%). On the territory of ZR there are 386 settlements, the largest number of them being in the municipality of Prijepolje (80), and the smallest number being in the municipality of Arilje. The total number of cadastre municipalities is 351, there are 230 local communities, and 59 local offices.

Historically speaking, this region has always been an important crossroads of trading roads and the shortest link between the so-called Western Balkans and the East, as well as the East and the West. The Belgrade – Bar railway (whose potentials are used only to a small degree) crosses this region as well as some major motorways and regional roads leading to the Adriatic coast and Bosnia and Herzegovina border. Although it is located away from the main axis of the development of Serbia (corridor 10), its position next to the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro offers possibilities for a greater circulation of people in the total cross-border circulation. According to its natural characteristics and area configuration, Zlatibor Region is a mountainous region with 42% of forest areas, and 51% of agricultural areas. It is a scarcely populated area which makes a larger part of the region of the Starovlaske mountains. The region has considerable natural resources in terms of water, forests and agriculture. It is also rich in various minerals (marl, magnetite, limestone, non-ferrous metals, etc.), which are all, with an exception of cement materials, insufficiently used.

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