Building a cross-border ecological network between Kosovo and Montenegro, Project BorN
Local Democracy Agency of Kosovo and Association of Trentino with Balkans together with Kosovo Environmental Protection Agency organised an event, aiming to create a cross-border ecological network for Kosovo and Montenegro.
The meeting took place on 23 – 26 October 2016 in the framework of project BorN – Biodiversity Protection and Development of the National Parks, funded by the European Union. Various workshops, institutional meetings and field trips for Kosovo and Montenegro participants will contribute into forming a cross-border network for a better ecological development of Bleshket, Nemuna and Prokletije areas. During the meeting, three core sets of elements were identified:
- "focal species" that show particular needs in terms of movement inside the territory;
- definition of the environmental matrix that characterizes the different geographical areas of the project territory;
- the elements that will make up the cross-border ecological network core areas, buffer zones, ecological corridors and stepping stones.
The activity aimed at creating the network, capable of producing a sufficient degree of "ecological permeability" in the project area. Such cross-states ecological cooperation is also designed to protect the existing links between the two National Parks and surrounding areas, avoiding two protected areas witnessing an unwanted "island effect".
The C-B Ecological Network will also enable cooperation and sharing of the environmental data, policies of nature protection in view of their future homogenization between Kosovo and Montenegro. After the Cross-Border Ecological Network is established, a Map of the Ecological Cross Border Network and a Strategy paper will be promoted by the participants involved.