The first conference of the “Dinaric Arc Parks”, organised by the WWF, was held in Banja Luka in 2012. The conference was attended by the representatives of protected areas and nature protection institutions from eight countries of the Dinaric Arc region.
Five-day conference was a part of the regional project “Dinaric Arc Parks”, that includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The project implementation commenced in January 2012. Within three-year period, the goal of the
project was to create a protected areas network, maintain and strengthen political will for regional communication, and improve and stabilise cooperation among the Dinaric Arc countries.
The main topics of the Conference were: protected areas’ benefits, sustainable tourism, climate change and protected areas in the European Union context.
The Republic of Srpska – BH Minister for Spatial Planning, Construction and Ecology Srebrenka Golić welcomed the participants who, over the course of five-day Conference, discussed about protected areas’ benefits, about the protected areas in the European Union context, sustainable tourism and climate change.
“I am sure that this project implementation will strengthen the connectivity of the region, lead to quality exchange of ideas and experiences that will make the Dinaric Arc national parks and nature parks become places to be visited by a number of tourists from all over the world.” On top of the key speakers, the conference attendants had an opportunity to listen to the Nobel Prize winner Mrs. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, which gave a presentation on the climate change and its influence on the protected areas, nature and environment.
Mr. Nigel Dudley gave a lecture on the values and benefits that the protected areas have for the region while Mrs. Erika Stanciu shared her knowledge about the protected areas in the European Union context with the Conference participants.