Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning
Umweltbundesamt GmbH (Environment Agency Austria) and European Public Law Center, Greece (junior partner)
The Twinning Project „Strengthening Administrative Capacities for Protected Areas in Serbia (NATURA 2000)” is developed in a partnership between the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning of Serbia and the Environment Agency Austria together with the European Public Law Center from Greece. The project started on January 1st 2010 and will be finalized on December 31st 2011. The Twinning project contributes to the harmonization of the Serbian legislation with the EU nature directives (Birds and Habitats Directive) which will be implemented in national law. Furthermore, a proposal for the establishment of the Natura 2000 network in accordance with EU criteria will be prepared. NATURA 2000 is a different conservation system in comparison to the system of national protected areas in Serbia. Management plans in NATURA 2000 sites will clarify which objectives are important and how they will be achieved. Therefore the development of two pilot management plans for NATURA 2000 areas will show how conservation objectives can be developed and how people who are living and working in these areas can participate on the management process. In order to achieve these objectives a whole series of activities is planned including the analysis and assessment of the status quo, as well as workshops, seminars and trainings. In the course of the project, experts from EU Member States (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece) collaborate with the representatives of administration and stakeholder groups from Serbia in order to increase the capacity to implement the EU Acquis communitaire in nature protection.
The overall objective of the project is to develop a system for nature protection in Serbia in line with the EU environmental acquis. More specifically, to improve protection of endangered species and their habitats in Serbia, to raise knowledge in the preservation of Serbia’s natural heritage and to increase the capacity to implement the legal standards in nature protection.
Project Purpose is to strengthen the capacities of competent bodies in Serbia for implementation and enforcement of the NATURA 2000 network at central and regional/local levels, by contributing to a) harmonization of the Serbian laws with the EU regulations, b) establishment of the NATURA 2000 network in accordance with EU criteria, c) elaboration and implementation of training programmes systematically dealing with capacity building in the field of development of the NATURA 2000 network in Serbia.