The Executive Secretary of the GFCM, Mr. Abdellah Srour opened today (October 16th, 2017) the PANACeA side event Streamlining Networking and Management Efforts in Mediterranean Protected Areas for Enhanced Natural Conservation and Protection, that took place during the 41th session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean, organised in the Hotel Splendid, Budva, Montenegro in the week 16-20.10.2017.
The opening remarks of Mr. Srour provided strategic support to the importance and need for the organisation of such event that debated topics of sustainable use of natural resources and inclusion of small scale fisheries and fisherman in current and future management of MPAs.
The side event gathered relevant stakeholders from all levels of management of protected areas and effective and sustainable use of natural resources from Montenegro – science (Institute for marine biology of University of Montenegro), management body (Public Enterprise Coastal Zone Management, Montenegro) and local actors (fisherman), as well as GFCM conference participants. More than 40 people have been introduced to the current state of MPAs and processes in Montenegro and debated on future actions toward efficient management and sustainable use of natural resources in the Balkan area of Mediterranean.
The introductory speeches of the side event included the remarks from Mr Fabio Massa, Senior aquaculture officer / CAQ backstopping officer of GFCM, Mr. Mirko Đurović, Director of Institute for marine biology of University of Montenegro, Ms. Aleksandra Ivanović, from Public Enterprise Coastal Zone Management, Montenegro and Ms. Srna Sudar, Country Office Director, REC Montenegro who in parallel chaired the event.
Several issues have been tackled and debated: participatory approach in management of MPAs, local – pilot actions, transferability and dissemination of best practices, and needs of local actors in effective participation in management of MPAs.
Main concluding remarks made were:
- Need for inclusion of wide range of stakeholders in effective management of MPAs and sustainable use of natural resources, from preparatory phase to actual management (Participatory approach);
- Need for capacity building of local actors (fisherman) in alternatives of fishery as income generation actions (embankment of tourist);
- Transfer and exchange of information on best practices, methods and tools for sustainable use of natural resources (alternative - income generation activities of local actors around MPAs);
- GFCM and PANACeA have many common grounds and objectives that supports each other goals.