1 Project: „Protected areas for nature and people“ (PA4NP)
The World Wide Fund for Nature WWF Adria in collaboration with Parks Dinarides network of protected areas of Dinarides implements a four-year project "Protected areas for nature and people." The project is a continuation of initiative of WWF "Dinaric Arc Parks", through which the network "Parks Dinarides" was established.
The project aims to improve the quality of life of people living or gravitate to the territory of protected areas, through the promotion of sustainable use of natural resources, the implementation of joint initiatives with the local population and improvement of the policies of protection and valorization of natural resources. Through this program the implementation of the agreement "a big victory for Dinaric Arc" (Big Win for Dinaric Arc) is also encouraged, in which the ministers of the six countries committed to strengthen regional cooperation in order to achieve the common and national five-year goals for improving environmental protection.
Activities are implemented in cooperation with the protected areas of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo *, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia. In the NP Biogradska gora from Montenegro and the NP Tara from Serbia the project "Bears Watching" is being implemented. In Bosnia and Herzegovina Una National Park will show how parks can become a generator for the development of environmentally responsible practices, by providing support for green business ideas, opening of eco-market and marketing of local products, while NP Sutjeska works to promote tourism as an alternative to unsustainable patterns of development. The protected Landscape Germi in Kosovo will serve as an example to similar areas in urban areas for promotion of nature conservation through the implementation of various programs for informing, educating and mobilizing citizens. Furthermore, Serbia is strengthening cooperation with the local communities through the establishment of local councils of interest groups, and national parks Fruska Gora, Djerdap and Tara, Special Nature Reserve Gornje Podunavlje and the area of outstanding features Avala through the project will become an educational center for schools and visitors. Similar activities will be carried out and in Albania as well.
2 Indexation of the protected areas
Parks Dinarides will in future pay particular attention to the development of mechanisms for cooperation with local communities and promotion of the examples of good practices from the region and the world about the ways in which local people can feel the socio-economic benefits from protected areas. Therefore, one of the central activities is the process of determining the index of interaction for protected areas, as well as defining measures for its increase.
This initiative is being implemented within the projects PA4NP.
3 Bears watching in the NP Tara and NP Biogradska gora
Parks Dinarides and WWF, in collaboration with the NP Biogradska gora from Montenegro and the NP Tara from Serbia implement the initiative: "Bears Watching", which is the basis for the development of nature-oriented tourism but by promoting measures for the protection and improvement of the bear habitat and prevention of poaching. The project will build an effective system of monitoring brown bear with the standardized monitoring methods, in order to contribute to the conservation of these species in the area of the National Park Biogradska gora and NP Tara. Based on the acquired data, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, the action plans for the brown bear will be developed, which will be implemented through management plans of NP Biogradska gora and NP Tara. Along with the work on the establishment of ecological corridors, "Parks of the Dinarides" will work actively with partners to raise awareness and educate the local population about the values in the protected areas, to ensure the sustainability of this form of eco-tourism.
This initiative is being implemented within the project PA4NP.