Partners of the project:

Objectives of the action:

Overall objective is to raise the level of environmental and biodiversity protection in the Western Balkans by renewed environmental legislation complying with EU directives and more proactive CSO role in protection and management of natural biodiversity resources Specific objective Establish an effective network of seven nature conservation CSOs in Croatia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, well trained and informed to stimulate government action for biodiversity conservation through civil society mechanisms.

Estimated results:

1. At least one CSO in each participating country (Croatia, Serbia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina) has increased their capacity to deliver effective conservation actions.

2. Inconsistencies with EU nature protection law are identified and communicated to relevant authorities in FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia and international bodies

3. The network of IBAs in the project countries has improved in quality and number of sites and is assessed against standard criteria (EU level).

4. Increased level of awareness of final beneficiaries through distribution of publications.

Main activities:

·   Two trainings for national coordinators

·   Development of simple conservation action plans for the most important sites/suites of sites (e.g. key wetlands, key forests, coastline, etc)

·   Comparative analysis and identification of gaps between nature protection legislation and the EU Wild Birds Directives

·   Identification, development and advocating of legal measures to address the unsustainable species exploitation in the target countries

·   Data collection and identification of direct and indirect threats on IBAs

·   Establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some of the main stakeholders which affect the conservation of IBAs

·   Preparation of proposals for designation of new protected areas and followed by advocacy and campaigning.