Ecotourism for sustainable development of Boka Kotorska

05.02.2014

A workshop on ecotourism as an opportunity for sustainable development of Boka Kotorska was organised in Kotor, on 30 January to 1 February 2014, within the CAMP Montenegro. The aim of the workshop was to explore the opportunities for sustainable development of the highly vulnerable micro region of Boka Kotorska Bay in order to achieve its good environmental status. The event was organised by SCP/RAC, SPA/RAC, PAP/RAC and MEDPOL Programme in co-operation with the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro as a contribution to the creation of a National ICZM Strategy for Montenegro. In addition to international experts in the field of ecotourism, green economy, marine and coastal ecosystems and pollution reduction, the workshop was attended by representatives of the main stakeholders, including the governmental and local authorities, potential eco-entrepreneurs, NGOs, concerned public, and university students and academics. The presentations of international experts were mainly concentrated on greening economy in Boka Kotorska.

The main objectives of this three-day workshop were to share best practices, to obtain a SWOT analysis and define actions and strategies to boost ecotourism, as well as to raise awareness of the need for the ICZM Protocol implementation in Montenegro, which was presented through the efforts undertaken so far in building the institutional, legislative and strategic set up for the Protocol’s implementation. The last day of the workshop was dedicated to the multi-stakeholder round table meeting to discuss the first results of the Feasibility study on ecotourism for the local development in Boka Kotorska, and other relevant topics related to CAMP Montenegro.

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