Under the request of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro– IUCN Member since 2009- a meeting with IUCN was organized last 16 July 2012 to evaluate the progress made on protected areas and legal instruments related to marine and coastal environment in the country.
The coastal environment is the dynamo in the engine that is driving economic development in Montenegro. Safeguarding and maintaining this critical component is essential for the long-term sustainable development of Montenegro coastline and marine resources. The IUCN constituency (IUCN-Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, IUCN South-Eastern Europe and Commission Members and WCPA for East Europe) and regional partners, such as the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas ( RAC/SPA), MedWET, WWF MedPO or MedPAN, are assisting Montenegro on any relevant aspect concerning conservation and management of nature. In particular, in cooperation with RAC/SPA, IUCN-Med is helping to examine the existing legal mechanism and instruments and to identify gaps in order to improve the management of marine protected areas in the country. Other main subject that the Ministry is interested in maintaining dialogue with IUCN to work together is the elaboration of a biodiversity inventory, both terrestrial and marine, as to evaluate the status of species in relation to the Red List tool. A draft report of this meeting will be prepared and circulated in the coming days, highlighting priorities for future cooperation between IUCN and Montenegro, with the collaboration of all Mediterranean partners. The meeting has been financially supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the MAVA Foundation and the MedMPAnet project. For further info: Alain Jeudy