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ECNC project: Communication in Nature Protection: institutional strengthening and pilot projects in Croatia and Macedonia
The European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC), in cooperation with the State Institute for Nature Project, carried out the project entitled "Communication in Nature Protection: institutional strengthening and pilot projects in Croatia and Macedonia". The project was carried out from 2006 to 2008 and was financed by the Government of the Kingdom of Norway. The project objectives were to improve skills in communicating on nature conservation among those involved in conservation, non-governmental associations and representatives of public institutes for the management of protected areas in order to contribute to more efficient future protection, to stimulate the acceptance of communication as a key tool in nature conservation and to expand support for nature conservation among relevant stakeholders.
Knowledge on ecological networks: Stimulating the inclusion of stakeholders in practical implementation of ecological networks
This project was financed by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, and coordinated by the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC). Partners in the project included institutes from The Netherlands, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain and Croatia, which was represented by the State Institute for Nature Protection. The strategic priorities of international policies have put favourable conditions in place for achieving the objectives of the Pan-European ecological network, including political support, planning policy and implementation, scientific support and communication. In these processes, the inclusion of stakeholders is not only a necessity, but a generally accepted concept in the implementation of nature conservation objectives in many countries.
This project is part of the Dinaric Arc initiative, and includes the area of the Dinarid mountain range in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The project goal is to create favourable conditions for the successful implementation of the Biodiversity Convention programme: Work on Protected Areas in the Countries of the Dinaric Arc. The project includes collecting basic data and expanding knowledge about the region, and increasing the role and capacity of government bodies in the area in question. The State Institute for Nature Protection will coordinate the implementation of project activities in Croatia and will collect the data necessary to conduct a gap analysis (phase I of the project), and will participate in the implementation in phase II of the project to strengthen the capacities for managing protected areas and increasing the area under protection in Croatia. The project began in 2007 and finished in 2010.
COAST – Conserving and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity on the Dalmatian coast through sustainable development of the coastal region
COAST - Conserving and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity on the Dalmatian coast through sustainable development of the coastal region
After the successful completion of the preparatory phase, the COAST project was approved by the Council of the Global Environment Fund in September 2006 and by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in February 2007. The project will continue until 2012 and is aimed at conserving natural assets and ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources along the Dalmatian coast. The project envisages a series of activities aimed at raising public awareness and knowledge about natural assets; integrating biodiversity into sectoral development at the national, county and local level; and development and implementation of the concept of integral management of coastal areas and direct cooperation with the entrepreneurial sector. The operative coordinator and member of the project management board were selected from among the staff of the State Institute for Nature Project. The Institute is also included in all activities carried out within the framework of the project.
This project was financed by the Ramsar Small Grants Fund for the protection and rational use of wetland habitats in 2002 and was implemented by the State Institute for Nature Protection. The result of the project is the first comprehensive overview of Croatia's wetland habitats, with about 3800 individual localities and 8 large wetland complexes identified and mapped (see Wetlands data summary). According to the project results, about 6.9% of Croatian territory is covered in wetland habitats. Furthermore, 56,500 km of watercourses and coastline also belong to Croatia's wetland habitats.
This project was carried out by the State Institute for Nature Protection in 2003 and 2004. On 29 August 2009, the Republic of Croatia ratified the Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol) to the Biodiversity Convention. The Protocol entered into effect on 11 September 2003.
The Biosafety Protocol (Cartagena Protocol) was the first international binding document to regulate the issues of safe transfer, handling and use of live genetically modified organisms (LMO) that could have a negative impact on biodiversity, while keeping in mind the impact on health. The Protocol is especially focussed on the crossborder transfer of LMO.
Protection of species through communication on biodiversity: campaign against taking animals from the wild and keeping wild animals in captivity
The project was financed by the MATRA KNIP programme of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The State Institute for Nature Protection was the beneficiary, and its partners were the Nature Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, Commission for monitoring large carnivore populations of the Ministry of Culture, the Zagreb Zoo and Green Action. The main topics of the project were issues relating to the taking of animals, especially large carnivores, from the wild and holding them in captivity, as well as the trade and keeping of protected and strictly protected animals. One of the biggest problems in nature protection is the lack of knowledge and interest among the general public.
UNESCO Project “Activities to protect the ecosystems along the Drava and Mura Rivers at the national level, and as a cross-border MAB (man and biosphere) reserve”
This project was co-financed within the frame of the UNESCO Participation Programme for 2006-2007 and was implemented by the State Institute for Nature Protection. Project activities allowed for the establishment of a national protected area in the ecologically important area of the Mura and Drava Rivers, as a precondition for the establishment of a Man and Biosphere (MAB) reserve. The Mura and Drava Rivers are characterized by high levels of biodiversity, and represent one of the last remaining semi-natural lowland river systems in central Europe.
In line with the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), this project aims to determine the distribution and abundance of cetaceans in the Agreement area. The project results will serve as the foundation for conservation action plans. In that sense, the countries that are party to the Agreement have taken on the commitment to begin implementation of the activities under the project, as their contribution to the project's implementation. In Croatia, these activities will primarily take place within the framework of inventorisation and monitoring, and creation of the proposed NATURA 2000 network.
WWF Mediterranean Programme Office (WWF MedPO) is the main coordinator of the project. Project MedPAN South has been developed with the objective to speed up the process of establishing an efficient management of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean. The project aims to increase the effectiveness of conservation of important coastal and marine biodiversity of the Mediterranean by improving the management of existing marine protected areas and promoting establishment of new ones. The coordinator of the Croatia pilot project is Association Sunce.