The participants of the workshop came from the relevant authorities of Montenegro. They represented the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology, the Water Administration, the Administration for Inspection Affairs, the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management, the Agency for Nature and Environment Protection of Montenegro, the Center for eco-toxicology research, and two coastal municipalities – Tivat and Kotor. Civil society was also represented by the NGO Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring, the NGO Green Home.
The speakers represented both EU Member States experience and key Montenegrin stakeholders. From the Member States there were water and marine experts from Greece, Portugal and Slovenia, as well as a representative from GIZ. From Montenegro, the speakers were from the Institute of Marine Biology, the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management and the NGO Mediterranean Center for Environmental Monitoring.
The workshop’s main outputs were:
- Review of existing work and documentation relating the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in Montenegro
- Enhanced understanding of the challenges and tasks connected with MSFD implementation and the establishment of Marine Protected Areas
- Encouraged dialogue between the multiple stakeholders in Montenegro (State, NGOs and Research) regarding the establishment of MPAs and other nature conservation matters, including fisheries
- Enhanced exchange of experiences between Montenegro and EU Member states on MSFD and MPAs
- Identified key obstacles to the implementation of MPAs in Montenegro
- Established contacts and information exchanged between the relevant stakeholders in Montenegro and the EPPA project team responsible for the development of a study with initial recommendations for establishment of new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Adriatic Sea basin (project activity 5.1.2)