II Conference of the PARKS DINARIDES

Budva, MONTENEGRO / 2.12 – 5.12.2013

The second conference of the “Dinaric Arc Parks”, organised by the WWF, was held in Budva in 2013. The conference began with the ceremony of the Big Win for Dinaric Arc document adoption. By adopting this document, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo accepted the obligation of further joint work on the protected areas’ improvement, integration of the nature protection goals in the development plans (energy, fishery, agriculture), establishing the model of the protected areas’ sustainable financing and development of sustainable tourism.

The European commissioner for environment Janez Potočnik opened the conference and congratulated all of the governments on the adoption of the “Big Win for Dinaric Arc II”.

“Through the Dinaric Arc Initiative, you can contribute to the development of the NATURA 2000 network and strengthen the green infrastructure. Investment in the natural capital, especially in the countries such as yours, with a rich biodiversity, will support many opportunities for the sustainable development in the future.”

The Dinaric Arc is one of the most important ecoregions in Europe. The nature does not know
political boundaries; hence it is clear that the natural resources conservation requires regional cooperation. In 2008, an important step was made by signing of the Big Win for Dinaric Arc I. Signing and adoption of the Big Win for Dinaric Arc II confirms and improves the cooperation. WWF International Director, Jim Leape.

“Adoption of the Big Win for Dinaric Arc II document represents a big step forward. Political support is a precondition to make something tangible,” the Director of the IUCN Office for SEE, Boris Erg pointed out.

In the course of the conference, there were organised special workshops with the following topics: protected areas evaluation, financial potentials of the protected areas, European Charter for Sustainable Tourism and role of rangers in the protected areas.

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