Strengthening sustainability of protected areas

Overview

Kayaking on Tara River
Kayaking on Tara River. Photo: UNDP in MOntenegro.

The protection of Montenegro’s outstanding biodiversity is partially addressed through a system of protected areas covering some 7.88% of the territory. However, at present, the Protected Area System (PAS) of Montenegro is not in condition to achieve an effective safeguarding of the country’s biodiversity.

UNDP project “Strengthening the sustainability of the protected area system of Montenegro“ will contribute to achieving environmental benefits by mitigating the current biodiversity threats in at least 108,866 ha of protected areas of Montenegro. This will be done by overcoming the barriers that prevent the effective management of the terrestrial protected area system, extending and enhancing the protection status by at least 21,000 ha and creating the conditions necessary for the establishment of a new Marine Protected Area in Montenegro.

What is the project about?

This project’s overall objective is to develop institutional capacities to design, plan and manage a more representative system of protected areas. These activities will be aimed towards attaining two goals:

Goal 1: Expand and rationalize the protected area system to ensure better habitat representation and more conservation security. Within this goal, a protected area gap assessment will be completed, resulting in a comprehensive plan for a representative protected area system. The ecological values and management arrangements of existing protected areas will be revalidated. Part of this goal is to establish the Regional Park Komovi and conduct a feasibility assessment and agreed designation plan for establishing a Marine Protected Area in Platamuni.

Goal 2: Strengthen institutional capacities to effectively manage a more representative protected area system. Under this goal, activities will aim at creation of a geospatial database and establishment of a decision-support system. Also, the aim is to review the management and governance options for protected areas, work on developing the protected area staff’s skills, and ensure the involvement and beneficiation of local communities once the Komovi Regional Park is established.

What have we accomplished so far?



  • Prepared protection studies for proclamation of areas of Komovi and Piva (Bioc – Volujak – Maglic) as regional nature parks;
  • Helped improve legal framework for functioning of National Parks by supporting amendments to the Law on National Parks;
  • Designed Environmental Information System for the Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro;
  • Conducted gap assessment, as a precondition for developing the planning framework for the establishment of a long-term ecologically representative protected areas system;
  • Supported business clusters in proximity of protected areas and addressed the untapped potentials through development of new services or improving the existing ones;
  • Supported establishment of educational programmes in protected area management and rural development, with emphasis on financial planning and management of protected areas;
  • Established vocational training programme for rangers in protected areas;
  • Developed management plans for future Regional parks Piva and Komovi;
  • Information system for Public Enterprise National Parks developed and functional, and
  • Analysis of internal business procedures was conducted. Based on the recommendations a set of new internal procedures was developed and internal control mechanisms established.

Who finances it?

Donor Name

Amount contributed

GEF

USD   950,000

UNDP

USD     40,000

TOTAL

USD   990,000

Delivery in previous fiscal years

December 2013
USD 218,598

December 2012

USD 275,942

December 2011

USD 147,410

December 2010

USD 112,454

December 2009

USD     6,046

Project Overview
Status:
Active
Project Start Date:
October 2009
Estimated End Date:
December 2014
Geographic Coverage:
Nationwide/Montenegro
Focus Area:
Economy and Environment
Project Officer:
Mr. Borko Vulikić
borko.vulikic@undp.org
Tel. +382 20 22 30 38
Partners:
Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Water Management, Nature Protection Institute, National Parks, Institute for Marine Biology, Public Enterprise Morsko dobro, Municipalities of Podgorica, Andrijevica, Kolašin and Kotor, Environmental Protection Agency, NGO Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses, NGO Natura, local and international consultants, private sector
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