Podgorica – The first international conference on brown bear management should result in setting the ground for further long-term management and protection of brown bear population in Montenegro. It was concluded on a two-day-long meeting dedicated to the management of brown bear population, organized by Parks Dinarides – network of protected areas of Dinarides, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro, Centre for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro - CZIP, World Organisation for Nature Protection - WWF and German Nature Protection Foundation - EuroNatur.
„One of the key tasks and obligations of Montenegro who signed the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) is preparation, adoption and implementation of management plans, as well as the development of action plans as operational instruments for all institutions and civil society organizations to contribute“ said Ivana Vojinović, general director of Directorate for Nature Protection in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. She added that some activities are already acomplished, as sharing information and developing a network among the competent institutions, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro, Hunting Association, NGO sector - especially Centre for Protection and Research of Birds in Montenegro.
Adem Fetić, general director of the Directorate for Forestry, Hunting and Timber Industry at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, expressed satisfaction with the initiated process and cooperation in the field of protection and management of wild species, and in this case, brown bear.
"I hope that in the upcoming period, for all kinds of wild animals that are characteristic for these areas, will be created situation for enhanced protection and improvement of the conditions for their survival" Fetić said.
Mareike Briks, an expert for large mammals from the EuroNatur Foundation, expressed her satisfaction with the fact that the Government of Montenegro is very committed to taking a step further in this field as well as the readiness of all participants to share their knowledge, expertise during this conference.
Goran Sekulić, coordinator for Biodiversity Policy and Advocacy at WWF, said that WWF and Parks Dinarides - network of protected areas of Dinarides throughout the program "Protected Areas for Nature and People" in the National parks “Biogradska Gora” in Montenegro and “Tara” in Serbia are conducting a regional project "Bear Watching". This initiative, he said, is dedicated to the development of sustainable tourism and co-existence of the local community and the brown bear with its protection and improvement of the habitat.
The conference brought together foreign and national experts for large carnivores, representatives of competent institutions, non-govermental sectors, hunting organisations and international experts for the implementation of EU and international regulations.