As part of the European Green Week, the project “EU for Natura 2000 in Serbia” was presented in the Botanical Garden “Jevremovac” in Belgrade, according to the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
The event was opened by State Secretary at the Ministry of Environmental Protection Jelena Tanaskovic and Head of the Cooperation Department of the EU Delegation to Serbia Ingve Engstrom.
Tanaskovic pointed out that the protection of nature and biodiversity is an extremely important topic for Serbia and for the sustainable development of the country, as well as for Chapter 27, which refers to the protection of the environment and climate change.
“The Ministry of Environmental Protection is rapidly working on improving the implementation of EU legislation in this area. We have passed the Law on Climate Change, amendments to the Law on Nature Protection are in the process, we are working on a new Regulation on the ecological network and the adoption of the Regulation on the assessment of acceptability. Nature protection is extremely important for us and I want to thank the European partners for the great support they provide us in this area, both in the harmonization of regulations and through the project ‘EU for Natura 2000 in Serbia’. “Serbia has a rich biodiversity, since about 43% of the species that inhabit Europe live in our country,” said Tanaskovic.
Support through this project helps us to identify potential areas of “Natura 2000 in Serbia”, Tanaskovic added, emphasizing that this is a basic precondition for nature protection for EU members, which is what our country strives for.
The head of the cooperation department of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Ingve Engstrom, said that “Natura 2000” is the most important element in preserving biodiversity and that it helps preserve protected areas.
“Serbia is on its way to the European Union, and participation in the ‘Natura 2000’ project is a very important element in this process. “Serbia has already done a lot in this field, the legislation is practically regulated,” said Engstrom, adding that the EU will continue to help Serbia protect nature and biodiversity.
With the intention of showing excellent biodiversity in Serbia, the project team prepared a Natura 2000 film, which was premiered on that occasion. In addition, the functionalities of the mobile application in the field for biodiversity data management were presented, as well as the Natura 2000 site as part of the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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