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1 THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECOLOGICAL NETWORK IN SERBIA

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3 Establishment of the Ecological Network in Serbia As a first step towards establishment of the ecological network, as well as the integration of the economic and environmental policies, several important international projects have been started and are in progress in Serbia

4 Policy and Legislation in progress The Strategy on Sustainable Development of the Republic of Serbia The National Environmental Action Plan The Strategy of Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Goods Strategy of Biodiversity Conservation The Law on Nature Protection harmonization with EU regulations

5 Creating terms for accessing to Ecological Network in Serbia - Projects: Project The Development of EMERALD Network in the Republic of Serbia Harmonisation of national nomenclature for classifying of habitats with International community standards Inventory of Wetlands in Republic of Serbia Important Plant Areas (IPAs( IPAs) ) in Serbia Important Bird Areas (IBAs( IBAs) ) in Serbia - Birdlife International Establishment of the Green Belt of Serbia according to the European Green Belt Project etc.

6 Project Development of the EMERALD Network in the Republic of Serbia Agreement between of Council of Europe and Republic of Serbia

7 Basic Characteristics of the Diversity of Vegetation of Serbia On the territory of recent Serbia are presented 10 basic types of potential vegetation with many different plant communities, which on the horizontal or vertical profile has zonal distribution.

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9 Important Plant Areas (IPA) in Serbia Preliminary list of IPA in Serbia includes territories of 5 National parks and more than 10 natural reserves, as well as several areas which are not actually protected but are of particular conservation interest. List of proposed IPA in Serbia includes:

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11 Results of Projects Development of a Common Geo Database as a Professional Basis for Conservation and development of European Green Belt initiative Integrating local communities and nature protection in the European Green Belt Raising awareness about biodiversity and sustainable community development in the Stara Planina area Development of an Ecological Network for the Sava River

12 Projects on going Sava River Floodplain Biodiversity Conservation Developement of a Carpathian Ecological Network Developement of an Ecological Network for Serbia Facilitating the Pan-European Ecological Network: a programme focusing on the Balkans and the Black Sea Area

13 Establishment of the Green Belt of Serbia according to the European Green Belt Project etc. Development of a Common Geo Database as a Professional Basis for Conservation and Development of European Green Belt

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15 Implementation of the Carpathian Convention in the Republic of Serbia

16 Transboundary cooperation - Bilateral Agreements Memorandum of Cooperation FYR Macedonia (signed) Memorandum of Cooperation Albania (signed) Memorandum of Cooperation Montenegro (signed) Memorandum of Cooperation Hungary (signed) Memorandum of Cooperation Bulgaria (will be signed during the VI Ministerial Conference in Belgrade - EfE) Memorandum of Cooperation Slovenia (will be signed during the VI Ministerial Conference in Belgrade EfE) Memorandum of Cooperation Croatia (in progress) Memorandum of Cooperation Bosnia and Herzegovina (in progress) Memorandum of Cooperation Romania (in progress)

17 Transboundary Cooperation (Cooperation in the field of the Nature Conservation) Hungary Special Nature Reserves: Gornje Podunavlje, Suboticko-Horgoska pescara, Selevenjske pustare, Ludasko Jezero, Pasnjaci velike Droplje Bulgaria Nature Park Stara planina Romania National Park Djerdap, Regional Nature Park Vrsacke planine, Pasnjaci velike Droplje

18 Objectives Establish Ecological Network in Serbia Establish formal collaboration with all border countries Development of Serbian Green Belt along boundary route towards Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania Establish mechanisms of future collaboration between stakeholders and international, national, regional and local level in order to preserve and protect habitats and species of international and national importance, protected areas and overall sustainable development of Ecological Network Establish Establish criteria and indicators for identification of the Ecological Network in Serbia, monitoring and reporting

19 Objectives Improve the system of planning, management and ownership over natural resources in protected areas and forest areas as a whole from the aspect of forests biodiversity conservation Prepare new guidelines and/or methodology for the development of plans and programmes of protected areas management, spatial planning and development and natural resources management Give incentives to multidisciplinary research in order to develop new methodologies to preserve, renew and develop biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources Establishment of mechanisms of public participation in the project, informing and mass media participation

20 Expected results Completed study on status of Ecological network in Serbia within regional cooperation with neighboring countries Formed databases with clear maps in GIS Harmonized procedure of GIS introduction into management of protected areas Established coordination system in respect to all relevant stakeholders in project activities Harmonization of implementation process of CBD, Convention on Wetlands, PEBLDS, Ramsar Convention, Bern Convention, CITES, Carpathian Convention and Convention on Migratory Species within process of establishment and functioning of Ecological Network in Serbia Nomination of protected areas at national level into status of Transboundary Reserves of Biosphere Established system of sustainable development and protection of the ecological network of Serbia as part of the Pan-European Ecological Network

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