Third regional workshop within the project - Montenegro
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It was broadcast online, on June 10 and 11, 2021, and the conference was hosted by the CNVP office in Podgorica and partners in the project, NGO Green Home.

During the first working day, the achievements of the project and activities planned in the coming period were presented. The project website (FEA representative Belma Jahović) was presented, as well as the collected GIS data, interactive maps and the way in which they can be used (Salmin Leka). The representative of the National Parks of Montenegro, Jelena Dragović, spoke about the problems that protected areas face when it comes to illegal activities. The lack of professional staff was emphasized, as well as the lack of appropriate records.

Ervin Herak presented a guide for monitoring illegal activities using GIS tools that will be delivered to all interested parties. Bozin Trendafilov, from the Faculty of Forestry in Skopje, spoke about the problems that the forestry sector is facing in N.Macedonia and how these problems could be overcome. Montenegro is the only country in the region that has had an action plan to prevent illegal forestry activities. Ranko Kankaraš from the Directorate of Forestry spoke about the degree of realization of this plan, the method of monitoring and the lessons learned after its realization. At the end of the first working day, they talked about the existing mechanisms related to the prevention of illegal and criminal activities in forestry, which were presented by Dženan Bećirović from the Faculty of Forestry in Sarajevo.

The second working day was dedicated to the practices currently used in the countries of the region to monitor illegal activities and corruption in forestry. The situation in some countries was presented by: Adnan Medic and Ervin Herak (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Milic Curovic (Montenegro), Vlatko Stojanovski (N.Macedonia) and Vladimir Nikolic (Serbia).


Belma Jahović
9, 2021

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