The Dinaric Arc ecoregion stretches from Trieste in Italy to Tirana in Albania covering large parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. PA4LP is working to ensure that biodiversity and livelihoods in this region are protected and enhanced.
Through strong engagement from partners, notably through the Dinaric Arc Initiative, impacts of the project in this region have been greatly magnified. Here are a few highlists:
Joint Committment to Deliver on CBD Committments.
In May 2008, ministers from the six countries of the ecoregion came together and signed the 'Big Win' – a joint statement to coordinate efforts to deliver on the commitments they made under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). To date over 70% of these commitments have been realised.
Transboundary cooperation- Countries and Communities Working Together.
As a result of the Big Win commitments, several projects have been initiated including activities on transboundary collaboration, strengthening rural communities, establishing private-public partnerships, and extension of Natura 2000 networks.
Increased Funding - More Available for CBD Implementation.
A significant increase in donor funding - US $5 million - has been secured for CBD implementation.
Economic Values of PAs Calculated.
In 2010, an evaluation of economic benefits of PAs began. This project will be completed in 2011 and help stakeholders realize and leverage the values of their PAs.
Human Capacity Increased - Capacity Building Plan Developed.
Management effectiveness and capacity needs have been assessed in all six countries.
A capacity building plan was developed jointly with partners, and completed in July 2010. This capacity building plan will be used to develop guidelines at the national and regional level.
Training on PAs economics and business plan development was provided to park managers and representatives of institutions responsible for PAs.
Next Steps for PA4LP in the Dinaric Arc
Development and implementation of plans for governance and management of transboundary PAs.
Establishment of Natura 2000 networks, especially in marine habitats.
Development of PAs business plans in all countries with the support of the CBD LifeWeb Initiative.
Implementation of regional capacity building plan with partners.
Strengthened and continued support to individual countries to fully realise the commitments they made in the 2008 "Big Win".
Ensure long-term financial sustainability of PAs which benefit local communities.
Enhance cooperation between PAs authorities and other sectors on biodiversity management towards rural sustainable development.