NGO Green Home in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency started the process of establishing management measures for potential Natura 2000 site, which includes the area from Cape Arza to Cape Platamuni. Through a series of consultative meetings and workshops with all stakeholders, we want to create a document that will be the basis of Management Plans of Future Marine Protected Areas.
At the very beginning of consultative process, we organized the meeting with the Construction and Development Agency of Herceg Novi, which is currently working on the development of the Spatial Plan of the municipality. On that occasion we drew attention to the significant biodiversity areas that will be treated by this plan and provided guidelines for solving current issues of the marine ecosystem. Also, the cooperation with the Coastal Zone Management, the Institute of Marine Biology, the Port Authority, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs and local governments has been established. In the following period we will conduct three workshops that aim to identify anthropogenic pressures on marine habitats, which will be the basis for defining the measures necessary to implement in order to protect the marine ecosystem.
In the past, NGO Green Home organized a field research with a group of volunteer biologists, who collected data on marine species and habitats. The team of volunteer divers was led by Vesna Mačić, the expert from the Institute of Marine Biology. Database and the report on the state of the marine ecosystem, the result of the field research, are the basis for the consultative process that we have started. In the spring, we will organize more field researches in order to perform seagrass monitoring (Posidonia oceanica). Seagrass meadows are one of the most important Natura 2000 sites and the plan of this project is to deliver all collected information about its distribution and health to the relevant institutions.
Montenegro still does not have protected marine area, but the Government of Montenegro will be required to define them in the near future, as well as Natura 2000 sites, in accordance with the commitments undertaken in the accession process to the EU. In this regard, we think that the outcome of the project will significantly facilitate future activities of the institutions towards the establishment of protected areas.
Activities are implemented within the cross-border project "Mapping, monitoring and management of the cross-border Natura 2000 network on the sea – 4M’’ in the cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency, NGO Sunce from Split and the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Natural Values in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Given that Croatia is already an EU member and that the Natura 2000 network has already been designated, experiences of the colleagues from Croatia will significantly contribute to the quality of implemented activities.
The project is financed within the Cross-Border Programme Croatia-Montenegro in the framework of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).