The Sub-Regional Workshop of the beneficiary communities of CRESSIDA project in the Western Balkan countries was held in the period 7-9. May in Budva, Montenegro. The Sub-Regional Workshop was organized by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in the frame of CRESSIDA programme with kind support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).
The Sub-Regional Workshop gathered about 30 municipal officials and representatives of local communities along the Drina from 3 beneficiary countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. This year the Sub-Regional Workshop focused on discussing the experiences on the application of the Index on Water Integrity (IWI) in the river basin of Drina, as well as exchanging experiences and sharing results of the Pilot projects supported by the project and discussing future cooperation opportunities.
Montenegro participants at the worskshop were representatives of Mojkovac Municipality (Ms. Milica Ristić), Bijelo Polje Municipality (Mr. Fahrudin Begović), Berane Municipality (Ms. Maja Pešić and Mr. Darko Stojanović), Ms. Nevenka Tomic from the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro and Mrs. Srna Sudar, CRESSIDA project manager for Montenegro in front of the REC Country Office Montenegro.
The project “CRESSIDA: building local Community RESilience for Sustainable Development in International watersheds such as the Drini and Drina river Watersheds” aims to provide support to local communities located in the Drina (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro) and Drim river watersheds (Albania , Kosovo *, Macedonia) to relevant state institutions and the business sector to more effectively implement their local strategies and plans related to sustainable development. A total of 18 municipalities from beneficiary countries participated in the project, together with their partner organizations from the civil sector. In Montenegro, these are the municipalities of Berane, Bijelo Polje and Mojkovac.