ECRAN Expert Mission on Natura 2000 Network Assessment in Serbia

Date: 18-20.05.2016
Place: Belgrade, Serbia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

General Objective of the Mission

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.

Specific Objectives

The first visit to the country took place in 2014. In the subsequent period country 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 the country. The second mission to country took place in April 2015 with the aim to discuss the first rough assessment based on documents provided by the beneficiary for Serbia. Meetings were held with competent representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection (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 the country, 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 the country is organized with the aim to discuss with the beneficiary and relevant stakeholders rightness of the assessment and respective recommendations suggested to the beneficiary.

This activity is complementary to the ongoing IPA Natura 2000 project in Serbia with no overlapping activities.

Expected Results of the meeting

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 the country.