The study aims to support EPPA Beneficiaries in meeting requirements of the CBD and Barcelona Convention as well as to respect the environmental legislation and policies of the EU. It proposes two MPAs in Albania (Porto Palermo, Lalzi Bay Rodoni/ Cap Paton), one cross border MPA in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Neum- Klerk Bay and Mali Ston Bay) and two MPAs in Montenegro (Platamuni, Katič-Ratac).
For each of the proposed MPA the study identified:
- initial priorities as per management,
- recommendations on the designation,
- need for ensuring adequate legal status, management structures and resources to achieve conservation objectives.
Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director at DG Environment in the European Commission says in the foreword to the study ‘The marine environment has suffered perhaps more than any other part of the world from the negative impacts of human activity (…)The European Commission will continue supporting national and international efforts in relation to the designation and effective management of marine protected areas, as well as the implementation of other spatial protection measures for marine biodiversity’.
The study was authored by M. Popovici and E. Papathanassiou with technical inputs from N. Hanley, A. Diku, A. Vukovic, A. Dorfer. The line Ministries responsible for environment in EPPA Beneficiaries contributed with providing necessary data.
The study is available HERE