Expert mission on Natura 2000 Network Assessment - Montenegro

Date: 16-18.11.2015
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The first visit to Montenegro took place on 24 October 2014. In the subsequent period Montenegro representatives provided ECRAN with requested materials and information which enabled TAIEX expert, Mr. HoŇ°ek, to prepare the overview of missing detailed information that can only be obtained through interviews of particular persons in charge of different aspects of nature protection and conservation in Kosovo. The second mission to Montenegro took place on 2-6 March 2015 with the aim to discuss the first rough assessment based on documents provided by the beneficiary for Montenegro. Meetings were held with competent representatives of the Ministry of Spatial Development and Tourism (directly in charge of Natura 2000 implementation) as well as with other relevant institutions and stakeholders.

The results of the second mission are: data and information gathered through interview enabling to continue on the assessment of readiness to establish Natura 2000 in Montenegro, and direct discussion with all participants as well as survey on their positions and expectation form the process are important part of the evaluation. Based on information and data gathered, the advanced draft assessment was carried out with preliminary list of recommendations. The next mission to Montenegro is organized with the aim to discuss with the beneficiary and relevant stakeholders rightness of the assessment and respective recommendations suggested to the beneficiary

Objectives of the Workshop

It was agreed that by means of interviews, questionnaires, studying of appropriate references and additional email correspondence an evaluation of how far are particular countries from the target (Natura 2000 proposal ready for submission) shall be undertaken with specification of main shortages or bottle necks.

Expected Results of the meeting
The expected results are the following:

  • amendment of the draft assessment based on additional information gathered during discussions;
  • finalization of recommendations to the beneficiary and relevant stakeholders regarding effective Natura 2000 designation in Montenegro.