The project „EU for Natura 2000 in Serbia“ is conceived to promote and reinforce the implementation of the Natura 2000 network in Serbia and as a tool to reinforce and support the authorities of the Republic of Serbia in the area of Natura conservation. The project started on May 2019.
The overall objective of the project is to increase the effectiveness of the Republic of Serbia in the preparation for EU accession in the area of nature protection. One of the main and important requirements that accession countries have to prepare in the Natura 2000 network, a list of sites designated by each Member State in the framework of two European directives: the “Birds” and the „Habitat“. The project “EU for Natura 2000 in Serbia”, through five big results, is going to provide to the Republic of Serbia the first list of potential sites Natura 2000 (SPAs and SCIs) with an information data system, database and GIS for Natura 2000 developed, besides an harmonization of Serbian legislation with EU Directives related to nature protection, technical and administrative capacity building in the implementation of nature protection legislation and more concretely Birds and Habitats Directives Implementation and a public awareness campaign.
The project purpose „EU for Natura 2000 in Serbia“ is to assist the Beneficiary country to carry out the preparation of establishment of Natura 2000 network. The main specific objectives of this contract are: a) To support the designation process for the potential Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and (proposed) Sites of Community Interest (pSCIs) (with at least 80% of SPAs and at least 50% of pSCIs completed), according to Birds and Habitat Directives, for Natura 2000 Network; b) To develop a Natura 2000 Information System comprising a site and biodiversity database, data entry, query and reporting modules, unifying all existing inventories and databases available from other sources/projects in a common database compatible with BISE; c) To revise and complete the harmonization of National legislation with EU directives related to nature protection, as well as to strengthen the technical and administrative capacity of the Ministry of Environment Protection for implementation of nature protection legislation; d) To implement public awareness campaigns in order to significantly enhance the visibility of Natura 2000 in line with the EU Visibility Guidelines.
The following results are expected to be achieved:
- Result 1 – Designation process for potential SPAa and pSCIs substantially completed (at least 80% of SPAs and at least 50% of pSCIs), according to the Birds and Habitat Directives, for Natura 2000 Network.
- Result 2 – Information System, Data base and GIS for Natura 2000 developed
- Result 3 – Harmonization of National legislation with EU directives related to nature protection revised and completed
- Result 4 – Technical and administrative capacity for implementation of nature protection legislation strengthened
- Result 5 – Public awareness campaign for Natura 2000 implemented