IUCN has published Guidelines to accompany the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Local Action Group (LAG) of Albania and the Local Action Group (LAG) of Montenegro, concerning their cooperation in environmental protection, tourism, recreation and sustainable development in the transboundary context of the Bjeshkët e Namuna/Prokletije Mountains.
The Guidelines explain articles of the MoU and suggest LAGs the ways to implement them in their own countries and collaborate on their realization across the border. There is a description of a wide range of possible ground actions in the field of nature and environmental protection and sustainable use; tourism and recreation opportunities; provision of high quality tourism services; marketing and promotion; communication, cooperation and funding.
The MoU and guidance notes are prepared as a result of author’s expertise and experience, enriched by:
- The conclusions of a joint workshop held in Shkodër, Albania on 12-13 September 2011, attended by members of both LAGs, representatives of other stakeholder organisations and international experts.
- Guidance on transboundary protected areas and cooperation produced by IUCN and the World Bank, among others.
The Guidelines are available in English, Albanian and Montenegrin language.
The Guidelines to accompany the MoU have been published within “Environment for People in the Dinaric Arc” project implemented by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), WWF Mediterranean Programme and SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
For further information please contact Tomasz Pezold, Ecosystems Project Officer at IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe.