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Sunday, 06 November 2011

07/11/2011- Emerald Seminar on the Balkans

An Emerald seminar was held at Bar, Montenegro, from the 2nd of November to the 4th of November. The aim of the meeting was to assess the proposals for Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCI) from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, there were also representatives from Kosovo under UNSCR 1244/99. The meeting was hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency of Montenegro.

This meeting was a follow up to the Preparatory Biogeographical seminar of 6 West Balkan countries’ held in Paris in January 2011. The meeting was chaired by Dr Jan Plesnik (AOPK) , Chair of the Bern Convention Standing Committee.

This seminar begins the implementation of phase II of the Emerald Network in the 6 West Balkan countries. The aim of the process is to assess if, at the biogeographical level, the network of Emerald sites proposed by each country are sufficient and to address further needs for site proposals to complete the Emerald network. Sites are deemed to be sufficient if they ensure proper conservation of habitats and species listed respectively under Resolutions 4 (1996) and 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention.

Overall 3 265 assessments were performed during this 3 day seminar.