1st Annual Meeting of Nature Working Group

Date: 10.12.2013
Place: Podgorica, Montenegro
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat

The tasks implemented under the Nature Working Group of ECRAN are building on the results achieved by the Regional Environmental Network for Accession – RENA (2010 – 2013). The tasks will focus on several topics related to the implementation of the nature legislation: the impact on the environment of the on-going and planned large water, road and energy infrastructure projects in the region, Appropriate Assessments as per Art.6(3) of the Habitats Directive, designation of potential Natura 2000 sites, raising the public awareness on the opportunities and benefits offered by Natura 2000, development of participatory pilot management plan (preferably for one of the pilot sites used for implementation of activities under RENA) and establishment of a Regional Network of Protected Areas.

The tasks are of cross-cutting nature and are implemented in close collaboration with other Working Groups established under Environment Component of ECRAN, especially with the Environmental Assessments WG.

The tasks are implemented through provision of support and practical work with the selected experts, exchange of experience with the experts from the EU Member States and capacity building organized in cooperation with the TAIEX facility.

The purpose of annual meeting is bringing together relevant representatives of the beneficiary countries to exchange information on progress made with implementation of the work plan. However, as the project is at its very beginning, this 1st annual meeting will serve a special purpose – in addition to bringing together all national coordinators and the project management, the main objectives of this meeting will be discussion on and adoption of the work plan for 2014, discussion on the choice of pilot sites for activity 2.7.2, agreement on criteria for selection of the pilot site for the activity 2.7.4, and the first discussion on the approach to Activity 2.7.5. Deliberations on the regional awareness raising programme under the activity 2.7.3 are also expected in terms of finding out the most wanted focus of particular regional seminars and to agree on the subject of the first of them.

Objectives of the meeting:

Wider Objective: to adopt work plan for 2014 with a wider prospect for the subsequent years.

Specific Objectives:

  • To agree the working manner within the group Nature
  • To open discussion on the way of selection of most appropriate participants to particular events
  • To discuss the draft selection criteria for the selection of pilot site for activity 2.7.4 (Participatory Management Plans)
  • To open discussion on the approach to activity 2.7.5 (Establishment of Regional Network of NPAs)
  • To discuss and agree on the approach to activity 2.7.2 (Appropriate Assessments)
  • To discuss particular events of activity 2.7.3 and narrower focus of particular seminars (Design and delivery of Regional Awareness Raising Programme and narrower focus of particular seminars )
  • To adopt the work plan for 2014