The Dinaric Arc Initiative (DAI)

25 February 2008 | Project description

The Dinaric Arc is a region of South-Eastern Europe with a surface of approximately 100,000 km2 and more than 6.000 km of coastline, encompassing the whole region facing the eastern Adriatic Sea, from the area of Trieste (Italy) to Tirana (Albania). The Dinaric Arc hosts highly important mountainous and freshwater ecosystems, including the most extended network of subterranean rivers and lakes in Europe, quite unique and some of the wildest coastal areas in the whole Mediterranean basin.

The Dinaric Arc is a region of South-Eastern Europe with a surface of approximately 100,000 km2 and more than 6.000 km of coastline, encompassing the whole region facing the eastern Adriatic Sea, from the area of Trieste (Italy) to Tirana (Albania). The Dinaric Arc hosts highly important mountainous and freshwater ecosystems, including the most extended network of subterranean rivers and lakes in Europe, quite unique and some of the wildest coastal areas in the whole Mediterranean basin.
The Dinaric Arc Initiative (DAI) is a broad framework of collaboration that brings together partners that are concerned with the future of the Dinaric Arc, and active in the region with a varied portfolio of projects and initiatives aimed at securing the long-term conservation and sustainable development of this part of Europe.
Specific activities in the framework aim to preserve the wealth and integrity of the Dinaric Arc natural and cultural heritage; promote intercultural dialogue, trans-boundary collaboration and scientific co-operation in the region; empower local societies to foster local community development through rural development measures; and integrate environmental policies across all the relevant sectoral initiatives.

Partners: WWF, UNESCO-BRESCE, IUCN, UNDP, UNEP, Council of Europe, FAO, Euronatur , SNV, ECNC, REC
Contact person: Boris Erg