In the framework of the INTERREG MED horizontal project PANACeA a capitalization and community building conference was held at the CentreVille Hotel, in Podgorica, on 16-18.05.2018 which gathered all modular projects from the Mediterranean region belonging to the MED community and under the framework of the PANACeA horizontal project. Open event, which was attended by various stakeholders as well as guests, opened the events on May 16th, while part of the conference involving work with modular projects was closed type event was and held on May 18, 2018. The key thematic areas of the PANACeA project include marine and coastal conservation, fisheries, spatial planning of marine and coastal / wetland areas and climate change, all under the auspices of a number of modular projects whose work should contribute to new information / methods or instruments in the management / protection of biodiversity in the Mediterranean and wetlands.
The conference was opened by Mr. Saša Radulović, State Secretary for Environment at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Mr. Miodrag Račeta, on behalf of the Office for cross-border programs of the Government of Montenegro and Ms. Dania Abdul Malak, project team leader and ETC-UMA Director. Ms. Francesca Marcato, from Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG MED program participated in the conference, as well as numerous representatives of Montenegrin institutions (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Finance of Montenegro, Institute of Marine Biology of Kotor, National Park Skadar Lake, Public Enterprise for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, etc), institutions from the region and from other horizontal projects of the INTERREG MED program.
Conference work and agenda has been organised to encompass 3 thematic areas:
- Session 1: regional networks and actions to foster ecosystem-based management and evidence-based policies
- Session 2: new data, strengthened instruments for an ecosystem-based approach
- Session 3: innovative tools to support sustainable resource management in the Mediterranean region
Participants of the event had the opportunity to visit and experience the beauty and uniqueness of Skadar Lake and discuss the existing management chalanges with Mr. Ivanovic, the director of NP Skadar Lake.
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), with its Country Office in Montenegro (REC Montenegro), as one of six partners, participates in the implementation of the horizontal project INTERREG MED PANACeA: Regional initiative for directing management efforts in protected areas in order to improved conservation of nature in the Mediterranean (PANACe). More about the project is in the information attached. Project website: https://biodiversity-protection.interreg-med.eu/.