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Split, 30th March 2010
Implementation of Organic Action Plan in Dalmatia

Within the COAST project a working meeting on the implementation of the Action Plan for the Development of Organic Agriculture in Dalmatia was held in Split. The main objective of the meeting was to inform participants about the activities undertaken so far in implementing the Organic Action Plan and to agree a continuation of joint implementation with a special emphasis on the year 2010.

The meeting brought together around 40 representatives from Dalmatian county departments of agriculture, the Croatian Agricultural Extension Institute, the Croatian Agricultural Agencies, regional development agencies and eco-producers.

Mr. Ranko Tadić as a COAST organic agriculture expert was the keynote speaker and moderator of the working meeting and he presented the latest data and the situation in Dalmatia concerning organic agriculture, especially in the light of making the National Organic Action Plan where Dalmatian Action Plan will serve as the regional backup document. Previously undertaken activities in the implementation the Dalmatian Action Plan were presented to the participants: support through the Green Business Support Programme (GBSP), participation in promotional sales exhibitions, organic radio shows, initiative for establishing of the Organic Producers Association in Dalmatia.

 It was agreed to establish county committees for the development of organic agriculture in all Dalmatian counties by the end of April 2010. The next step will be to form a unique Dalmatian coordination of county committees consisting of one representative selected from each of four county committees and a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. The task of the Dalmatian coordination is to harmonize the implementation of Dalmatian Action Plan with the implementation of National Action Plan as well as general concerns about the successful development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia.

Presentation: R.Tadić: Action Plan for the Developmnet of Organic Agriculture in Dalmatia

28 January 2010

Green Business Support Programme in four Dalmatian Counties

Agreements granting support to 8 new projects signed

At the beginning of January agreements were signed in Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik, granting support to 8 new projects as a part of the Green Business Support Programme (GBSP).
The following projects were awarded support measures:
 
- in the Zadar County:            
1) Pilot commercial shellfish vivarium / farm of European Flat Oyster (Ostrea edulis) and Warty Venus (Venus Verrucosa) in aquatorium of Stara Povljana bay, with associated tourism offer. (Ostrea Dalmatia Ltd.) and
2) "Tracability to the level of individual olive tree" as the base for development of both premium price products and eco tourism offer (Agriculture cooperative Kantarača, the island of Rava )

- in the Šibenik-Knin County:
3)  Development of agro-eco tourism on family farm Podrug, (Family agricultural farm Milan Podrug,Piramatovci)
4) Establishment of the largest ecological olive grove in Dalmatia (Frane Radnić crafts, Bili Brig, National Park Krka)

- in the Split-Dalmatia County:
5) Production and processing organically grown fruits and vegetables on the island of Vis, (Family farm Brojne, island of Vis)

- in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County:
6) Rehabilitation and rejuvenation of the organic olive growing orchard (Family farm Vukas, Ston)
7) Planning and equipping the facility for storage and maintenance of organic olive oil, (OPG Dubravko Mlinarić, Ston)
8) Organic animal husbandry of autochthonous Buša base heard as base for premium price products and agro tourism offer in Dalmatian hinterland, (Family farm Mrša, Doli)

The total value of the projects above is approximately 8.5m Kuna, out of which approximately 1m Kuna (cca 12%) comes from the GBSP.

The projects that received support in this round are a continuation of a series of some 40 projects – out of 209 applications – chosen as best in their respective categories (e.g. organic farming, authentic domesticated varieties and breeds, preserving the landscape, mariculture, eco and rural tourism, small scale inventarisation and interpretation of biological diversity, fisheries, developing and marketing of value added products based on natural specificities) following a public call for proposals. Finishing up of business plans and ensuring other preconditions for successful project fulfillment is underway for the remaining 10 or so projects. The signing of agreements is predicted for March.

A brief description of the projects along with GBSP support and an explanation for choosing the project can be found here.


Split, December 2009
Eco-producers on Split Riva

Ecological producers from Dalmatia and other Croatian regions exhibit their products at the Christmas Fair of Joy on Split Riva, with the support of COAST project. Inside the little house (a replica of the traditional Dalmatian stone house) with small infield of olive trees "oblica" one can taste and buy various local high quality environmentally certified products: extra virgin ecological olive oil from Dugi Otok, Šolta, Brač and from Jadrija, quality wines from the south side of the island of Hvar, and excellent wines from the island of Vis, exceptional goat cheese from Dugi Otok, various types of honey, apple juices and blackberry juices, natural food for winter, jams and marmalade and various other eco delicacies ...

Xmas fair riva 001It should be noted that the house on Riva is not just a retail outlet for environmental products, but is primarily a place where people are educated and informed about the benefits and environmental benefits of agricultural production, about the importance of environmental supervision and certification of products and on the COAST project, with an emphasis on the Green business support program. This action is a kind of educational preparation for the promotional campaign for organic food and ecological agriculture which will be intensively implemented over the next 3 years within the implementation of the Action Plan for the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia, arising within the COAST project. If we want to preserve our nature and the entire planet, ecological agriculture is one of the most important decisions! Food is a daily human need, therefore, our choice is critical – let's choose as much as possible environmental, local and seasonal food!

28 November 2009

Green Business Support Programme in four Dalmatian Counties

Agreements granting support to 9 new projects signed

At the beginning of November agreements were signed in Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik, granting support to 9 new projects as a part of the Green Business Support Programme (GBSP).

The following projects were awarded support measures:
 
- in the Zadar County:           
1) Protection and sustainable use of small wetlands (Kolanjsko Blato - Blato Rogoza, Velo and Malo Blato) on island of Pag (Public institution for management of nature protected area in Zadar County)
2) Enrichment of tourism offer in Starigrad Paklenica region through establishment of shellfish (mussels) production (Agricultural Cooperative "PAKLENICA")

- in the Šibenik-Knin County:
3)  Revitalization of the autochthonous olive variety Krvavica (Town Skradin)
4) Experimental farming of Chlamys varia in Krka river estuary (Professional fisherman Dušan Prelević, river Krka estuary)

- in the Split-Dalmatia County:
5) Royal treasure of aromatic Dalmatian flowers (Family farm Ivica Dragan Elez -  Dalmatian islands and hinterland)
6) Enrichment of rural-gastro tourism offer at family eco farm by traditional vineyard with autochthonous vine sorts, eco garden and improved wine production technology (Roki ltd., island of Vis)

- in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County:
7) Natural heritage thematic route on island of Korčula (Municipality of Vela Luka Tourist Board)
8) Pilot organic vineyard, in policulture with autochtonous medical and aromatic herbs, in traditional agricultural landscapes with terraces and traditional fruit tree sorts, at steep location that guarantees the highest quality of the Plavac mali vine sort ("Vinifera", Frano Miloš)
9) Organic farming of autochthonous critically endangered fish species Hama and marketing activities promoting Hama  and organically farmed fish in general (Riba Mljet ltd)

The total value of the projects above is approximately 18m Kuna, out of which approximately 1m Kuna (cca 5.5%) comes from the GBSP.

The projects that received support in this round are a continuation of a series of some 40 projects – out of 209 applications – chosen as best in their respective categories (e.g. organic farming, authentic domesticated varieties and breeds, preserving the landscape, mariculture, eco and rural tourism, small scale inventarisation and interpretation of biological diversity, fisheries, developing and marketing of value added products based on natural specificities) following a public call for proposals. Finishing up of business plans and ensuring other preconditions for successful project fulfillment is underway for the remaining 20 or so projects. The signing of agreements is predicted for the begining of 2010.

A brief description of the projects along with GBSP support and an explanation for choosing the project can be found here.


Zagreb, November 25th 2009.
„Green banking in Croatia" executive seminar held in Zagreb

A seminar entitled "Green banking in Croatia" was held in Zagreb, in hotel International on Wednesday 25th November 2009 organized by UNDP, HBOR and EBRD. The seminar was envisioned as kick-off event to more intensive development of the Green Banking in Croatia, with main goal to inform the banking community in Croatia on existing practices and trends in the EU and the world and to initiate discussions on the status, opportunities and next steps regarding the subject in Croatia. (see Announcement)

Having in mind the above mentioned goal, the target audience of the seminar was higher level banks' management in their strategic planning / business development and credit departments. Altogether 41 participants attended seminar, including representatives of all major banks present in Croatia (see list of participants)

Besides the general introduction to the topic of green banking, the following themes were presented at the seminar into more details: 1) integration of Environmental and Social Risk Assessment (ESRA) into standard banks' credit risk assessment procedures; as well as 2) specialized "green" banking products and services, primarily in the energy, agriculture and tourism sectors (see the Agenda of the seminar)

The main lecturer and facilitator of the seminar was Dan Siddy, a leading international expert on sustainable banking. Anna Maria Cronin of the EBRD's London office gave a brief overview of ESRA practices and procedures in the EBRD, and offered cooperation to the present representatives of the banks in developing the same practices in their organizations. Robert Pašičko, from the UNDP Croatia Green Programme, has presented some of the possibilities of "green" investments in Croatia in the energy sector. Ognjen Škunca, Deputy COAST Project Manager, did the same regarding the possibilities of "green" investments in Croatia's agriculture and tourism sectors, and briefly informed on current activities and plans of Green Business Support Program established through the COAST project in the four county development agencies in Dalmatian Counties. (see presentations from the workshop)

Conclusions of discussions during the workshops were mostly promising, in the sense that the participants generally agreed that improving the banks' operations in connection with the theme offers many benefits, and that doing so is more easily achievable than it seemed before the seminar. What lies ahead are the concrete steps in implementation of the discussed improvements, partly through a continuation and intensification of cooperation between the banks and co-organizers of this introductory seminar.


Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik, 27 July 2009
Programs Promoting Green Business in Four Dalmatian County's Development Agencies
Agreements approving support for 9 new projects
On the 24th and 27th July, agreements approving support for 9 new projects within the scope of Programs for promoting green business were signed in Zadar, Šibenik, Split, and Dubrovnik. Programs promoting green business (PPZP) were established at the end of 2008 as a part of county development agencies of four Dalmatian counties taking part in the COAST project. The COAST project is carried out by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, in partnership with UNDP with a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).  (read more...)

SPLIT, 22 May 2009
May 22: International Day of Biological Diversity
Which Species Grow on Marjan?

On the occasion of marking the International Day of Biological Diversity, May 22, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Small School in Nature, which is part of the COAST Program on the protection of Dalmatian coast. The School's topic is entitled Let us learn about domestic and invasive species on Marjan, with an emphasis on both indigenous and imported plant life of Marjan hill in the city of Split. Invasive species of plants and animals are the central focus of this year's International Day of Biological Diversity – these species constitute one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, with major ecological and economic consequences on society, and the planet. Invasive species have a negative impact on biodiversity, and they are considered the second biggest threat to habitats, right next to the threat of the immediate destruction of natural habitats.

The participants of the Small School in Nature include the first grade of Elementary School Lučac, with teacher Nikica Sikirica; members of the ecological group of the IV High School 'Marko Marulić', headed by professor Maja Antolić; and students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Split, future professors of biology and chemistry. The students learned, through expert guidance, about the most frequent and most important plants of the Marjan hill (some of them endemic!), and they also learned about imported plants from different parts of the world, some of which are exhibiting invasive behavior, and are spreading around Marjan, displacing natural flora.

School in Nature was headed by botanist Mirko Ruščić, one of the authors of the guide entitled Flora of the Adriatic Coast and the Islands, which was created within the COAST Project and published by Školska knjiga company. One of the leaders of the School was also Snježana Mihinica, collaborator on the COAST Project in Split. One of the foreseen activities is a play-based workshop on an ecological topic, which was organized in cooperation with the association Split - zdravi grad [Split – Healthy City], and it was headed by Ivica Dragan Elez.

In addition to the School in Nature, the UNDP also printed both a poster and a brochure on invasive plant species, with the purpose of better acquainting the general public with problems caused by invasive plants. The materials were created in cooperation with partner institutions – Nature Protection Directorate of the Ministry of Culture, and the State Institute for Environmental Protection (DZZP). These materials have already been distributed to several schools in Split, as well as to ecological organizations and nature protection institutions in Dalmatia. The DZZP institute also distributed these materials on the Flower Square in Zagreb, on the occasion of marking the International Day within the event entitled 'Natura 2000 in Croatia'.

There are 64 invasive species and subspecies recorded in the flora of Croatia so far. There are 48 invasive species and subspecies that occur, in varied scope, in the coastal area of the country and on the islands. The UNDP will publish a book on invasive plant species in the course of next year. It will be the first book of that kind in Croatia, intended to contribute to better understanding and better capacity to resolve the issue of invasive plants.


Split, March, 15, 2009
Green Business Support Program (GBSP): First 36 letters of intent to provide support of GBSP posted

GBSP Evaluation Committee passed a decision on the type of support which is offered to the 36 project proposals in the first round, as well as some additional conditions that applicants must meet. This decision is the result of the evaluation procedure, which consisted of analysis and evaluation done by the Technical Unit composed of sectoral experts, and the GBSP Evaluation Committee compiled from the representatives of main GBSP partners. Finally, interviews were held with shortlisted candidates. Given the additional requirements and documentation, it is expected that the first applicants will realize the offered supports during May.


SKRADIN, February 24,
NIN, February 25, 2009. Eco and rural tourism info days in Skradin and Nin

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) within the project COAST, in cooperation with regional development agencies of Sibenik-Knin and Zadar counties and cities Skradin and Nin organize information days of eco and rural tourism to be held on Tuesday, 24th February, in Skradin and on Wednesday, 25 February in Nin.

Plan for development of eco and rural tourism for the wider area of the river Krka mouth and the northwestern part of the Zadar County, the island of Pag and the area along the Novigrad and Karin Sea will be presented on info days. Plans are prepared with the participation of representatives of both counties, their cities and municipalities, tourist offices, associations, travel agencies and other interested citizens. The aim of the Plan is to create a foundation for the development of eco and rural tourism in these two counties, with the promotion of sustainable development and preservation of biological and landscape diversity of the Dalmatian coast. The plans for the needs of UNDP project COAST were prepared by the consulting firm "MICRO project" d.o.o. All interested citizens are invited to participate on the info days in Skradin and Nin, and to engage in public debate on the development of eco and rural tourism in their region.


SPLIT, February 24, 2009.
SAPARD/IPARD workshop in Dalmatia

 Regional Development Agency of Split-Dalmatia County, in cooperation with COAST Project of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), through its program to support green business, organizes informational and educational workshop on the pre-accession funds of the EU for agriculture and rural development. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 25, in Split, at the premises of the Project COAST starting at 9:30 pm. The reason for organizing the workshop was the opening of the fourth and final round of the SAPARD and soon IPARD programme launching.

The aim of the workshop was to identify potential users and inform them about the basic rules, as well as the possibilities they are offered in developing and applying with their project ideas. In addition to representatives of the Regional Development Agencies and the Project COAST, the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, of Čakovec city Development Agency, of BERCON company and Kosi and Murković farms (as representatives of successful projects in Međimurje county) will speak at the workshop about the possibilities of financing projects for rural development and agriculture. In Croatia so far, three rounds of tendering within the pre-program SAPARD have been conducted where 120 applications were received, 36 approved and 45 percent of planned funds contracted, that is 111.4 million kuna. This latest round of the competition will last a minimum of 45 days, and the remaining 131.6 million kuna are available. 49.37 million kuna of this is foreseen for investment in farms, within the measures 1, and 82.3 million kuna for the improvement of processing and trading of agricultural and fish products, within the measures 2. Workoshop presentatons: J. Bacinger: Program SAPARD -Dosadašnja iskustva iz tri kruga natječaja za Mjere 1. i 2. J. Franc: Dosadašnja iskustva u provedbi SAPARD programa M. Hrgarek: Procjena utjecaja na okoliš - praksa M.Krneta: Program kreditiranja projekata kandidata za SAPARD M. Kukoč: IPARD Program – nasljednik SAPARD-a K. Mavrek: Izgradnja i opremanje poljoprivrednih objekata – od ideje do isplate sredstava K. Škrobo: Mjere SAPARD Programa P. Zečić: HPB - Stalno jačanje pozicije u svim segmentima poslovanja


Split, February, 20, 2009.
Green Business Support Program (GBSP): Four associates for green entrepreneurship in county development agencies selected after the public tender

The agreement on establishment of the Green Business Support Program, as a permanent program in the four county development agencies in four Dalmatian counties, anticipates the employment of associate for the green entrepreneurship as a means of strengthening the capacity of development agencies to provide support to the development of green entrepreneurship. Through the procedure of public tender conducted in January, the following persons have been selected as the green entrepreneurship associates: Helena Kangjera in the Dubrovnik Neretva County development agency (DUNEA), Jelena Hrvojević in the Split Dalmatia County development Agency (RERA), Damir Buntić in the Šibenik Knin County development agency (RRA), and Šime Erlić in the Zadar County development agency (ZADRA). In the forthcoming period, the newly employed professional staff for green entrepreneurship will gradually take over all activities related to preparing, organizing and implementing of GBSP within their relevant counties.


SPLIT, November 18; ZADAR, November 20; DUBROVNIK, December 2, 2008.
Remaining Dalmatia Counties signed the agreement on the implementation of
the Green Business Support Program

Split-Dalmatia, Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva Counties and their development agencies and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed the Agreement on Cooperation in the implementation of the Green Business Support Program. The ceremony of signing the Agreement in Split took place on Tuesday 18th November at 10 am at County Hall. The agreement was signed by the Split-Dalmatia county prefect Ante Sanader, the director of RDAs Srećko Radnić and deputy resident representative of the UN Program for Development in Croatia, Alessandro Fracassetti.

Signing of the Agreement in Zadar was held on Thursday 20th November at 11 am in the County Hall. The agreement was signed by the Zadar County Prefect Stipe Zrilić, Assistant Director RDAs Vedrana Kevrić and deputy resident representative of the UN Program for Development in Croatia, Alessandro Fracassetti.

The last agreement was signed in Dubrovnik between Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the county regional development agency DUNEA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The official signing ceremony was held on Tuesday 2nd December at 9:30 pm in Dubrovnik County Hall. The agreement was signed by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County prefect Mira Buconić, DUNEA manager Ane Sindik and deputy resident representative of the UN Program for Development in Croatia, Alessandro Fracassetti.


Split, November 18, 2008.
Green Business Support Program (GBSP): First 45 project ideas shortlisted

Through the assessment procedure, first by the Technical Unit for analysis and evaluation (composed of sectoral experts in the field of ecological agriculture, autohtonous species and breeds, tourism, aquaculture, fishing, preservation and sustainable use of nature), and then by the GBSP Evaluation Committee (compiled from the representatives of main partners of GBSP), out of 220 project proposals collected upon the first Call for expression of interest for GBSP support, 45 were shortlisted which, by their quality, dominate within their sector. The selected project proposals according to the green businesses fields that they belong to, are distributed as follows: protection and breeding of endangered traditional agricultural autohtonous species and breeds (5); ecological viticulture, olive and fruit growing (5); ecological animal husbandry and beekeeping (3); production and marketing of products of added value based on natural heritage/values (5); agrotourism offer (4); tourist thematic and heritage trails that interpret and connect localities of highly valuable and attractive natural heritage (6); thematic visitor centers related to natural heritage (4); shellfish aquaculture (7); ecological fish farming (1); education programmes (2); other forms of interpretation, assessment and sustainable use of natural heritage (4). The applicants of the selected project proposals will be invited to interviews with GBSP Evaluation Committee, where the project proposals will be further discussed and checked.


ŠIBENIK, Novembner 3 2008
Dalmatia County introduced supporting measures for green entrepreneurship

First Agreement on Cooperation to support green business signed in Šibenik
The first in a series of the Agreements on Cooperation between the UN Program for Development and the Dalmatian Counties and their development agencies to establish a program to support green businesses was signed in Šibenik. The agreement was signed Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk, Regional Director of the county development agencies Drago Matić and resident representative of UNDP in Croatia, Yuri Afanasiev.

The goal of the Green Business Support Programme is encouraging economic development with sustainable use and conservation of valuable natural resources on Dalmatian coast. The three other Dalmatia Counties will sign the agreement by the end of this year. UNDP launched the Green Businesses Support Program in collaboration with four Dalmatian counties: Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva, and their development agencies, within the framework of COAST Project. The program provides support for projects and business ideas in tourism, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture and the protection of nature and the environment. This primarily relates to the offer of eco and rural tourism, the development of ecological agriculture, cultivation of indigenous varieties and breeds, shellfish farming etc. The program is open to all agricultural producers, businesses, cooperatives, family farms, craftsmen, companies, associations, government agencies and city and municipal administrations in coastal areas of all four Dalmatian counties.

"It is no wonder that our County as first of four Dalmatian counties signed the agreement on cooperation in establishing this program. Namely, the program to encourage green business fits into our priorities to encourage agriculture as one of the strategic directions of development of economy of our county. Promotion of agricultural development that counties implemented for several years gave excellent results, particularly on increasing the size of livestock, raising new plantations of vineyards and olive trees, creating conditions for the development of aquaculture, and in recent times to create conditions for development of ecological agriculture. The county program to support agriculture will continue in the year 2009 and I hope that we will achieve even better results with the support of the project COAST and other UNDP projects"- the Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County, Goran Pauk emphasized.

"UNDP's Report on Human Development, which will be presented later this month, is devoted to climate change in Croatia and it shows that Croatia, as a result of climate change, can expect a significant increase in daily temperatures, increase of sea level, prevalence of weather disasters and forest fires. This can cause irreparable damage to the sectors of agriculture, tourism and aquaculture, and can significantly contribute to the destruction of natural values of Croatia. Therefore, green, organic, or sustainable orientation is not the current fashion, but a growing necessity, obligation and our responsibility "- said Yuri Afanasiev, Resident Representative of UNDP in Croatia.

"Green Entrepreneurship" has a significant role in the sustainable development of the county. By establishing this program, all interested in green business, and nature will have the right to apply for funds from the Program. Selected project ideas will be provided with technical assistance in developing their project proposals, including assistance in applying to other sources of funding and also financial assistance in the form of donations or in the form of partial guarantees for loans. UNDP will invest over half a million dollars in the Green Business Support Program in each of the four Dalmatian counties, and counties their own additional 100,000 U.S. dollars.

Ognjen Škunca, project COAST Green Business Support Program coordinator, said that approximately 250 entrepreneurial ideas from the coastal region of Dalmatia were received in the first round of calls for expressions of interest for participation in the program, advertised in July, and closed in September of this year. Approximately 40 enlisted projects and entrepreneurial ideas come from the Šibenik-Knin County, in the sectors from agriculture, through aquaculture and fisheries to tourism, which shows best the interest for this type of enterprise, and thus the legitimacy of the idea of starting the Program, which will systematically encourage it.


SPLIT, 28 October 2008
Sailing race "Coast for All" marks 2nd International Coast Day Coast Day: October 24

UNDP in Croatia joins the international initiative in celebrating the Coast Day, dedicated to healthy coastal regions and preservation of the coast across the Mediterranean. The initiative was launched in 2007 and this year, for the first time it will be celebrated in Croatia, in organization of the UNDP's COAST Project in cooperation with the NGO Split - Healthy City, under the high patronage of Ministry of environmental protection, physical planning and construction. The main event, sailing race entitled "Coast for all" took place in Split, on Tuesday, October 28.

Sailing race is organized in order to send the message of the importance of the coast as social, economic and natural resource that should be actively and responsibly taken care of. Participants of the sailing race were children from Split, persons with special needs, students and elderly persons. In line with principles of environmental and social sustainability, this implies active participation of all the citizens when it comes to decision making on sustainable future of our coast. Sailing team of the 49er class, that represented Croatia in this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupać, as well as their coach Ivan Bulaja, were appointed as Croatian Ambassadors for the Coast for the year 2008/2009. They were chosen as representatives of a sport that stands for environmental awareness, but also due to their altruistic fair play gesture and solidarity demonstrated during the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Responsible planning and managing of the costal area, that implies active participation of all the citizens is the only way that guarantees economic development in line with natural resources preservation and improvement. Celebration of the Coast Day, that aims to increase public awareness when it comes to importance of the coast as well as the threats that it is exposed to, further intercession of all the stakeholders is encouraged, in order to achieve sustainability of the coast for future generations.

Costal region, that includes some land parts as well as marine parts, are most valuable national territory of most of the Mediterranean countries. At the same time, these parts are the most sensitive areas, exposed to numerous negative effects, manly caused by human activities. Apart from costal erosion, water pollution, climate change and excessive fishing, progressive tourism development and linear building are destroying ecosystems and landscape of the coast irretrievably. Although nautical tourism does not necessarily have bad influence on environment, recently published Study of the Croatian Nautical Tourism Development indicates that Croatia demonstrates bad example. As some of disadvantages of nautical tourism in Croatia, problems such as waste disposal and lack of awareness on environmental issues and biodiversity preservation were mentioned. Apart from that, marines are often built in most beautiful, most sensitive and sometimes even protected locations.

We thank Municipality of Split, the yachting club Labud, Adriatic Croatia International (ACI) – Split and Victa company, for significant contribution to organization ot hte Coast Day.


SPLIT 21 October 2008
Organic agriculture in Dalmatia

A professional meeting on organic agriculture in Dalmatia took place in Split on 21th October 2008. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Development Programme and it is part of the COAST project aiming to promote and ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of the Dalmatian coast.
The objective of the meeting was to present a proposal on an Action plan for the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia that was started in September of this year.
Alessandro Fracassetti, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Croatia in his opening speach referred to the actual environmental themes within EU as well as to the programmes that UNDP Croatia is carrying on in Croatia which aim to contribute the sustainable development of the country. Mr. Fracassetti talked about organic agriculture and emphasized that „Croatia is at an advantage since it has the opportunity to utilize at least part of the uncultivated land for organic agriculture. It is in a position to motivate and subsequently increase the number of producers that are certified and take part in organic agriculture".
The prefect of Splitsko Dalmatian County, Ante Sanader, discussed the current situation of agricultural production in Dalmatia and pointed out to the possibility of utilizing resources from the autochthonous agriculture county fund, which has previously encouraged the county famers with its annual 50 million HRK.
Gojko Berlengi, the COAST project manager in Split, reminded participants of the role that a program that encourages green entrepreneurship plays in Croatia. In the upcoming months, the program will assure the technical and financial help for those agricultural activities that are environmentally oriented. The agreements on the implementation of the Program will be signed by all of the four Dalmatian counties in the following weeks.
George Mateljan, the very special guest lecturer at the meeting, is world renowned for producing eco foods and promoting a healthy diet. He is also the author of the bestseller "The healthiest foods in the world". Independent scientific research conducted within the framework of the George Mateljan Foundation shows that food produced from ecological compounds contains significantly more minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants comparing to conventional food.
Sonja Karoglan Todorović, COAST expert on agri-environmental issues, showed all the advantages and principles of organic agriculture within the environmental and nature protection and explained the economical side of the growth of the organic sector in EU countries.
Tomislav Petrović, the Head of the Department for organic and integrated agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Rural Development, explained main negotiation elements regarding the chapter of agriculture with special emphasise on parts directly related to organic agriculture and rural developement. Croatia is yet to align all of its laws and regulations on organic agriculture with the latest EU Regulation 834/2007, that will come into effect in the EU by January 1st, 2009. For the first time ever, in February of 2009, Croatia will be represented by some 15 producers at the world leading exhibition of eco-producers known as Bio Fach in Nurnberg.
Ranko Tadić, COAST expert for organic agriculture and leading expert in developing of Action Plan presented the proposed 11 priority actions that the county departments for agriculture, the agricultural advisory services and the COAST project should implement between 2009 and 2013. The Action plan anticipates the increase of 5% of the amount of land areas used for organic production in all of the four Dalmatian counties by the end of 2013.
The representatives from all of the Dalmatian county departments for agriculture and the economy offered their suggestions and opinions on the Action plan, especially in regards to their area of expertise. The first positive signs are already evident: counties that did not financially support eco-agriculture so far will endorse change in favor of eco-agricultural development.
Marija Ševar, the Head of the Department of integrated and organic agriculture in Croatian Agricultural Extension Service demonstrated how the agriculture advisors contributing an organic agriculture development in Croatia and how the ownership problems slowed down the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia.
Ranko Tadić presented an interesting overview of the existing certificates of eco tourism, eco-agro-tourism in Mediterranean countries and criteria for bio-hotels and restaurants. At the end he paid attention to the analysis of the preconditions for the organised eco-tourism in Dalmatia.
Croatian President Stjepan Mesić endorsed the meeting as well. In his message to the participants in Split, the President emphasized that „Croatia's dependence on imports foodstuff is not only detrimental for the standard of living of its citizens, but also utterly unnecessary and meaningless. Today, as the food crisis upsets the whole world, we must pay particluar attention to a meaningful, planned and sustainable development of our agricultural potential. We have the capacity, the conditions and experience''.
Over 60 representatives from relevant county institutions involved in agriculture, the economy, tourism, environmental conservation, as well as representatives from scientific institutions, companies, associations, eco and conventional producers, and consumers, attended the meeting.


Split, September 16, 2008.
Green Business Support Program (GBSP):
Within the first Call for expression of interest, over 220 green entrepreneurship project proposals were collected

The first round of collecting project proposals for the realization of support within the Green Business Support Program (GBSP) that Project COAST, in cooperation with 4 Dalmatian counties, is establishing in the county development agencies was ended on 10th September, 2008. Over 220 project proposals were nominated within the first round from all four counties, of which 79 of them refers to the area of Dubrovnik Neretva County, 79 in the area Split Dalmatia County, 37 in the area Šibenik Knin County, and 61 in the area of Zadar County. Most applicants propose projects / business initiatives in the sectors of agriculture (99) and tourism (78), slightly less in the two more sectors highlighted in the Call for expressions of interest - fisheries and mariculture (27), while the remaining proposals deal with interpretation, evaluation and sustainable economic use of biological and landscape diversity (33), and other relevant topics such as education for conservation and sustainable use of natural heritage, responsible treatment, waste management and water management (19). Now follows the phase of analysis and evaluation of collected project ideas, first by the Technical Unit for analysis and evaluation composed of sectoral experts in the field of ecological agriculture, autohtonous species and breeds, tourism, fisheries and mariculture, preservation and sustainable use of nature, and then by GBSP Evaluation Committee compiled of the representatives of the main GBSP partners, and after that interviews with the applicants whose project ideas within their sectors will be best ranked.


SPLIT, 9 September 2008
Workshop - Preparation of an action plan for the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia

The workshop of preparing of an Action plan for the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia was held on September 9, in Split. The workshop brought together around 40 representatives from different relevant institutions from all four Dalmatian counties like Croatian Agricultural Extension Institute, county departments for agriculture and economy, county development agencies, Croatian Livestock Centre, scientific institutions, inspection bodies, business sector, cooperatives, NGOs family husbandries, consumers etc.
Mr. Ranko Tadic, an expert for organic agriculture with national and international experience, is the coordinator of preparation of an Action plan. In his presentation he gave an overview of the current situation in organic agriculture within the EU as well as in our country with special emphasis on Dalmatia. From this presentation it is obvious that Croatia, despite its exceptional natural preconditions for the development of organic agriculture, still belongs to the group of rare European and Mediterranean countries with less developed organic production. According to the data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Rural Development from June this year, there are just 43 eco producers from Dalmatia in the National register of ecological producers, who are practicing organic methods on the area of about 460 ha.
SWOT analysis of organic farming in the Dalmatia, which was facilitated by Sonja Karoglan Todorovic-COAST agri-environment expert, pointed out the existing strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia. The assessment of the key issues identified by SWOT analysis follows this workshop. Action plan will include set of priority measures required for further development of organic farming and production in the COAST project region. Presentation of draft action plan will be organized by the end of next month in Split. Croatia has yet to prepare and to implement its own National action plan and regarding that, the Action plan for the development of organic agriculture in Dalmatia will be among the first of this kind in our country. We believe/hope that this Action plan will act as a catalyst for preparation of National Action plan and that, in the end, it will be its integral part.


PROJECT DEMO AREAS, July/August 2008.
Field assessment of tourism development within Project demo areas

As part of tourism activities, development of action plan for eco and rural tourism in Project demo areas is currently under way. The mentioned activities will be applied in widely participatory manner by including (consulting) of all interested stakeholders on demo areas.

On the basis of international public tenders two companies were selected for preparing the action plans:

              1. The company Horwath Consulting for the Pelješac peninsula area (with special emphasis on the municipality of Ston and Dubrovačko primorje) and for the islands of Vis and Biševo;
              2. The company MICRO Group (MICRO project) for the development of eco and rural tourism on south-east part of the island of Pag, on the coastal area of Novigradsko / Karinsko bay, in the territory of the Krka river estuary, on coastal parts of the County from Srima to Morinjski Bay and on the islands of Prvić, Zlarin, Krapanj, Tijat, Obonjan, Kaprije, Kakan, Žirje and other islets of the archipelago.

Action plan for the development of eco and rural tourism in these areas will be prepared through three phases of work:

  1. Brief analysis of the current state of tourism development and trends in wider demo areas, evaluation of ecological, social and economic effects of tourism,
  2. Identification and evaluation of the state/ attraction potential for rural and eco-tourism development in demo areas,
  3. Partial identification and elaboration of eco/rural tourist products with the estimation of the needs of local entrepreneurs, and proposed measures of support.

The first phase includes:

  • identifying and assessing the impact on the environment of the present tourist activities and contents;
  • analysis and assessment of the elements of tourism planning in County physical plan, in tourism capital plan, Regional Operation Programme (ROP), Programme for Sustainable Island Development (PORO) and in the municipal physical plans; and
  • analysis of existing programs to encourage investment in eco / rural tourism.

The second phase includes:

  • assessing the sensitivity and possible impact on key resources of rural and eco tourism;
  • analysis of the potentials and limitations for future sustainable use of natural resources in eco / rural touristic development;
  • linking the recognized forms of the tourist offers with segments of eco and rural tourist demand.

The third phase includes:

  • participatory formulation of local strategies of eco and rural tourism for the demo areas;
  • setting the link and synergy with other components of tourism products;
  • analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of competition and identification of opportunities for a clear positioning;
  • developing the portfolio of project ideas of eco / rural tourism on the actual locations, with the basic elements of the business / investment plan;
  • defining measures to manage spatial and eco effects of green tourism;
  • selecting pilot projects as a priority action (private or public financing with, if possible, designated investors) whose project ideas will be tested and development encouraged;
  • defining measures of technical and financial support for investment in eco tourism, especially in a small entrepreneurship;
  • creating elements of the program to encourage the development of eco tourism, which would be implemented through County Development Agencies (including the necessary training, the possibility of certifying, the development of cluster);
  • establishment of partnership between profit (private operators), non-profit and public sectors.

Draft plan is expected in late 2008. More information on tourism activities is available on the Project web-site.


SPLIT, 17 July 2008
Call for Expression of Interest announced: Coast Day

New Call for expression of Interest for cooperation in marking the international Coast Day has been announced. It calls for Dalmatian NGOs in the field of nature, environment, sustainable development and public awareness to express their interest and join UNDP in marking the Coast Day in Croatia. Guidelines for application, together with narrative and financial application forms, are available in Croatian language only.
Call is opened by August 15, 2008.


ZADAR, 15 July 2008.
Conference organized: Possibilities and necessary pre-conditions for faster development of the shellfish farming in Zadar County

Within the COAST Project, the round table was held in County House in Zadar on 15th July, 2008, with the main theme being the possibilities for faster development of the shellfish farming in Zadar County. The analysis of the development potentials of the shellfish farming in Zadar County was made as a part of the project activities for the development of the shellfish farming and mariculture. It represents a step forward in defining this sector of economics by determining the locations in the County physical plan as well as by defining several priority activities which will be financed by COAST Project in the next couple of years.
Apart from the representatives of Ministry of agriculture, fisheries and rural development (Department of fisheries), Croatian Agricultural Extension Institute, and local government from the county shellfish farming zones, some of the key shellfish farmers from Zadar county were also present.
After short preliminary project presentation, the basic reasons which initiated the Action plan for the development of the shellfish farming in Zadar County were analyzed followed by SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of the shellfish farming sector in Zadar county focused on Novigradsko more, SE part of Vwelebit channel and the aquatorium Dinjiška – Stara Povljana – Ljubač – Nin. At the end of the meeting the priority actions for achieving the most efficient development of the shellfish farming through COAST project were identified and defined.


SPLIT, 28 June 2008
Call for Expression of Interest has been announced

United Nations Development Programme in Croatia, in collaboration with Dalmatian Counties (Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva) and their Development Agencies, has announced Call for Expression of Interest for participation in Green Businesses Support Program.
Full version of the Call, together with the Application Form (in Croatian) can be downloaded on the COAST web-site. Application deadline is September 10. 2008.


STON, 30 May 2008
Possibilities and challenges in shellfish farming development in Malostonki bay

Within the COAST project, the round table was held in Ston with main theme "The possibilities and challenges in shellfish farming in Malostonski bay".
The round table was organized in order to design and reach consensus on concrete strategy and action plan as the base for efficient and sustainable development of the sector. They will be used as a frame plan for designing and suggesting concrete proposals for financing from the available funds. Going in that direction, the round table was also the first step towards the number of activities concerning the shellfish farming which will, during the following years, encourage the development of "green" entrepreneurship on the Dalmatian coast.
The aim of the round table was to gather all the relevant stakeholders interested in the future of the shellfish farming in the region of Malostonski bay, as well as the joint discussion and building up of the consensus regarding:

  1. Present comparative advantages and weaknesses, possibilities and threats within shellfish farming sector in Malostonski bay; 
  2. Probable, possible and desirable scenario for the future of the sector; 
  3. Long term development measures necessary for achieving desired vision and goals; 
  4. Priority activities; and
  5. Forms of technical and financial assistance which will, within the next 2-3 years, help the shellfish farmers realize most efficiently the desired development lunge which is also necessary for their survival.

The COAST project activities concerning the shellfish farming in Malostonski bay will continue through the number of info-educational workshops for the shellfish farmers and through the individual assistance in developing the project ideas and their realization.


SPLIT, 22 May 2008
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: Eco-Fair on Fruit Square in Split 

Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity dedicated to the agriculture, the COAST Project, implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, organized educational fair-exhibition of organic food, seedlings and plants on the Fruit Square (Voćni trg) in Split.
The ecological food producers, mostly from Dalmatia, participated on the fair, but also some other producers from other parts of Croatia whose products can be found on Dalmatian markets. Among the best renowned ecological farmers from Dalmatia are family husbandry Ivo Biočina-Tura and Nikica Žampere (olives, olive oil, and goat and sheep cheese), company SMS with its world famous dried figs jam, as well as famous wine with ecological certificate producers: agriculture cooperative Svirče from the island of Hvar (Ivan Dolac and Ivan Dolac Barrique wines – two varieties of the first "plavac" that obtained the title of eco-product) and Nikša Roki from the island of Vis. Some other food producers were also present at the fair such as Agrotim Lokve with its well known strawberry jam with 70% fruit parts in it, Ecological husbandry of Milan and Štefica Grdić (producing grains and flours, high quality cow cheese, etc.) and famous ecological beekeeper Lovre Krnić (with numerous honey products). The family husbandry Repro Eco offered their products (seitan and tofu, various kinds of flours, baking and cookies) while The Bread Gallery Demetra presented their products which can be found in all healthy food stores. To the great pleasure of many Split citizens and numerous tourists, the owner of the Bread gallery Demetra demonstrated how to successfully make a bread using eco-grains grounded on a stone mill.
Along with the food producers, the Split Healthy City Association presented itself and its project "Stella Polaris". The Institute for Adriatic crops, nursery Anemona from Korčula and COAST Project donated seedlings of the autochthonous varieties of olives, figs, pomegranates and traditional medicinal plants, herbs and ornamental plants of Dalmatia to the Split Healthy City Association and to the primary school in Radošić. The educational center is established in Radošić as the part of Stella Polaris project. It will implement the educational programs based on the school in nature principles and will encourage eco-tourism and eco-agriculture. Joined effort of this institutions and cooperation with local community will make the school in Radošić active generator and incubator for the new projects and initiatives for the development and implementation of the sustainable development programs of this drastically de-populated region. The donated seedlings were exhibited all day long on Fruit square and the citizens of Split had a chance to see them and to learn some interesting data abut the autochthonous varieties from Dalmatia.
The Dalmatians chrysanthemum – "buhač", the genuine Dalmatian endemic flower which contains natural insecticide evoked special interest among the visitors. The exhibited "buhač" seedlings and dried and ground "buhač" flowers and lavender, as well as olive oil made out of native Dalmatian varieties of olives, are the part of the ample collection from the Botanical garden of the primary school "Ostrog" from Kaštel Lukšić.


May 20, 2008
Proclamation of the European maritime day

The European Union proclaimed 20th May as the European Maritime Day. The official inauguration was held in Strasbourg where the president of the European Committee, Mr. Janez Janša and the president of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Poettering signed trilateral statement. Anent the European Maritime Day, minister Kalmeta emphasized that implementation of the Croatian proposal to proclaim the Adriatic Sea especially sensitive maritime area is the best way to protect Adriatic Sea from pollution. Minister Kalmeta's full statement is available at the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure web site.


SPLIT, 22 May 2008
International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22 

Ecological Fair in the City of Split
In order to increase public awareness on ecological issues regarding Planet's biodiversity preservation, The International Day for Biological Diversity is being marked on May 22. This year's worldwide topic of the Day is biodiversity and agriculture. On this occasion, as a part of the COAST Project (protection and sustainable development of the Dalmatian coast), implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, educational-sales exhibition of organic food, seedlings and plants will take place. The event will be held on Thursday, May 22, starting at 10 AM on the Fruit Square (Vocni trg) in Split. Since it provides food, fiber and medicines for the mankind, biodiversity is of high importance for agriculture. However, biodiversity is rapidly decreasing, implying danger for the future development of farming. more »


SPLIT, 15 April 2008
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity in Agriculture of Dalmatia - First workshop on agriculture within the COAST project

At present agriculture in the COAST project area still plays a smaller role in the economy. Also, organic agriculture is in an early stage of development. The situation is somewhat better in case of production of traditional autochtonous products. Although the demand for organic and traditional products among urban populations and tourists is increasing, still there is a lack of real interest among farmers for stronger organic production in Dalmatia. However, eco and rural tourism could benefit greatly from the close link between organic agriculture and products of exceptional quality.
At the same time, it is necessary to integrate biodiversity concerns into agricultural sector with aim of nature conservation and halting the loss of agriculture-dependent biodiversity. The COAST project has been working on these issues in order to improve current situation. First step in this direction was organising the workshop on agriculture which gathered together 40 representatives of different relevant institutions from all four Dalmatian counties like Croatian Agricultural Extension Institute, county departments for agriculture and economy, county development agencies, Croatian Livestock Centre as well as representatives of scientific institutions, inspection bodies, business sector, cooperatives and NGOs. Workshop agenda is available on this web-site.
Deputy Project Manager presented the COAST project to participants with special emphasis on activities and instruments which should contribute to conservation and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity in the future development of agriculture in Dalmatia. COAST agri-environment expert explained the available measures regarding preservation and sustainable use of nature and environment in agriculture, in particular EU agri-environment programmes. Then followed presentations of all four Dalmatian counties with overwiev and situation analysis and activities concerning fostering of development of organic agriculture, cultivation of autochthonous plants and animals in particular county. The workshop was marked with dynamic discussions and reflected active interest for further improvement and development of organic agricultural practices in Dalmatia.
Also, the COAST project team announced upcoming activities relevant for the COAST agricultural sector: development of organic agriculture action plan for Dalmatia; inventory of traditional agricultural plants and domestic animals together with measures of their preservation and possibilities for commercial production and call for expression of interest for projects which will contribute to sustainable development of Dalmatia. The COAST project vision is establishing strong and dynamic organic sector engaging with the local community which has the potential to contribute to sustainable rural development and healthy local economies of Dalmatia.
Media (local TV and radio programmes and the local magazine) paid great attention to the workshop and made interviews with the COAST project managers and experts.

UMAG, 12 April 2008
COAST on 3rd International Fair on Fishery and Fishing Gear in Republic of Croatia

On the workshop called Fishery Yesterday and Today – Perspectives and Opportunities for Sector Development that took place on 3rd International Fair on Fishery and Fishing Gear in Republic of Croatia, COAST project activities related to fishery and mariculture were briefly presented. Namely, within the presentation held by dr. Nedo Vrgoč (Monitoring of renewable resources of the Adriatic) the following themes were analysed: Sustainable coastal fishery in the Vis aquatorium; Sustainable demersal fishery in the Jabika pit; Guidelines for sustainable exploitation of natural bival communities; Evaluation of suitability of current fishing regimes in Dalmatian aquatorium and Action plans for shellfish development.
Out of other presented topics on the workshop, two were particularly relevant for the aspect of sustainability of fishery in the Adriatic: presentation by the deputy minister dr. Ivan Katavić on Sustainable Fishery Code and Its Application in the Adriatic and presentation by mr.sci. Neda Skakelja, from Croatian Chamber of Commerce, on EU Fishery Directive for the Mediterranean No 1967/2006.

SPLIT, 4 March 2008
Planning and management of Eco and Rural Tourism Development at local and regional level – First workshop within the Green Business Support Facility

The Green Business Support Facility which has been developed by project COAST together with county developing agencies of the four Dalmatian counties makes a frame for the number of activities by which the Project, along with its partners, will systematically encourage the development of so called green entrepreneurship through various kind of technical and financial support. The term "green entrepreneurship" means the kind of entrepreneurship which is strongly dependent of preserved nature on one side and supports the nature preservation on the other side. The traditional sectors where green entrepreneurship examples can be found most often are tourism, agriculture, forestry and fishery including mariculture.
The workshop on the subject of planning and managing the eco and rural tourism development (see: Workshop agenda), is the first one in the series of workshops which is initiated with the following main goals: to identify and exchange existing green entrepreneurship experiences in Dalmatia; to identify still undiscovered / unexploited potentials for its development; to initiate network / partnership of all interested and relevant actors in order to achieve synergy and greater impact; and finally, to initiate and to maintain the program for systematical support to green entrepreneurship development in Dalmatia.
Among the workshop participants, at this first workshop, the most represented were the members of various bodies of county government and other county public institutions in charge of planning and management of eco and rural tourism at county level. However, other important members of formed partnership / network were also already present, including some representatives of local government; private and civil sector, as well of other relevant public institutions (e.g. Institution for management of nature protected areas).
The COAST project activities for preparation of Plans for eco and rural tourism development in project demo areas (Pelješac, Dubrovačko primorje, island of Vis, Krka river estuary, Novigrad and Karin sea coastal area, SE east part of island Pag) were also presented at the workshop. The difference between plans under preparation and many previous ones with similar names lies in the fact that each plan will, through direct contact and cooperation with the interested / potential local entrepreneurs, identify a dozen of concrete ideas for green entrepreneurship within the eco and rural tourism sector, which will later on be implemented with technical and financial support provided by planned Green Business Support Facility.


MADRID, 5 February 2008
Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol Signed

Within the UNEP program, Mediterranean Action Plan and the Convention for the protection of the marine environment and coastal zone of the Mediterranean (Barcelona convention), the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean was signed at the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries that took place on 20-21 January 2008 in Madrid. Apart from Croatia, 13 Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention signed the Protocol: Algeria, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria and Tunisia.

The purpose of the Protocol is to establish joint framework for integrated coastal zone management, which, as stipulated by the Protocol, means dynamic process in sustainable management and use of the coastal zones that at the same time considers the fragility of the coastal eco-systems and landscapes, diversity of coastal activities and uses and their impact on the coastal environment. This is the first international legal instrument which deals with integrated approach to the protection of the coastal zones that takes in consideration physical planning, environmental protection, cultural heritage as well as tourism and other economic activities in coastal zones.

This Protocol is a crucial milestone in the history of MAP. It will allow the countries to better manage their coastal zones, as well as to deal with the emerging coastal environmental challenges, such as the climate change.

All the Parties are urged to ratify the Protocol and to integrate its elements in the national legislation. Although not yet ratified, the Protocol is clearly an important legal frame for goals, objectives and activities of the COAST project too.

Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean
More on: PAP/RAC


Calls for National Consultant for Landscape Conservation and Project Associate opened
Calls for proposals for two positions (National Consultant for Landscape Conservation and Project Associate) have been announced. The Consultant is expected to act as an advisor to the COAST team in the field of landscape assessment, protection, planning and management as well as in other related project activities to be undertaken by the COAST Project. Full time Project Associate based in Split will work closely with the NPM and DPM to facilitate and monitor project activities, in particular related to the areas of agriculture and nature protection. Candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest in English to: ani.vuletic@undp.org latest by February 16th 2008. Only the selected candidates will be contacted. For more information go to "jobs".

ZAGREB, 1 December 2007
Retender for Landscape Diversity

Retender for the Request for proposal for provision of inventory and sustainable use of landscape diversity in project demo-sites has been announced.

All interested offerors are invited to to indicate whether or not they intend to submit a proposal no later than 10 December 2007 at the following e-mail address: registry.hr@undp.org.

Final offer comprising of technical proposal and financial proposal, in separate sealed envelopes, should reach the following address no later than Monday, 17 December 2007, 5:00 p.m (local time):
UNDP
Radnicka 41
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

ZAGREB, 23 November 2007
Call for tourism consultant opened

simuni maliCalls for proposals for the part-time job position National Consultant for Tourism Sector has been announced. The Consultant is expected to act as an advisor to the COAST team in the field of sustainable tourism development, in particular nature/eco tourism and rural tourism, as well as in other related activities to be undertaken by the COAST Project. Contract duration is from January 1, 2008 – 30 September, 2008.

All interested candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest in English to: ani.vuletic@undp.org latest by 8 December 2007. Only the selected candidates will be contacted.

8 January 2008
Meetings of project team with county partners

The regular half year meetings of the project team with the representatives of the main county project partners (county departments for sectors of agriculture, tourism and fishery, environmental protection and physical planning, county developing agencies, county institutes for physical planning, county institutions for management of protected areas) and the representatives of the local government authorities (where project activities take place), were held in December 2007 in all four Dalmatian counties. At the meeting the following themes were presented and discussed: 1) ongoing project activities; 2) project activities in preparation; 3) suggested program for promotion of "green-blue entrepreneurship" where county development agencies are the main implementing partners; 4) collaboration of project COAST in preparing the projects for financing from EU and other funds; 5) work plans with "focus" groups in demo areas; and 6) participation in the preparation of the annual work plan (for details see enclosed work materials from all four meetings – available in Croatian language only).

Dubrovnik Agenda    Split Agenda    Zadar Agenda    Šibenik Agenda

ZAGREB – SPLIT, 9 November 2007
GEF Technical Advisor Visiting COAST

Mr. Andrew Bovarnick, GEF Technical Advisor on Biodiversity Economics, has visited COAST team in Split and Zagreb, from 5-9 November, 2007. Mr Bovarnick has been briefed on the 2007 annual workplan implementation and current subcontracting. Together with UNDP team, Mr Bovarnick visited partners in HBOR where they discussed current HBOR lending practice for biodiversity friendly development, different modes of cooperation as well as possible application of financial instruments for green businesses within the COAST project.

With Mr. Bovarnick, COAST team discussed details on the establishment and application of the Biodiversity Business Facility (BBF). The main objective of BBF is to promote and support biodiversity friendly businesses in the Dalmatia in order to achieve sustainable use and biodiversity conservation in this important ecoregion. The Facility will focus on niche businesses that can gain commercial value from sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. The Facility will play a critical role in the sustainable development of the Dalmatia coast as it will contribute to the implementation of the Ecological Networks, in assisting land owners and users to maintain profitability within new ecological restrictions and assist the local economies develop important niche markets and benefit from them.


MONTREAL, October 2007
Banking for Biodiversity: New issue of Business.2010 has been published

The October issue on Business.2010, newsletter of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) has been published. It focuses on biodiversity in the financial services sector and is called Banking for Biodiversity.

Namely, to accompany the engagement of private sector in the implementation of CBD and integration of biodiversity concerns into their relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes, and policies, the Secretariat of the CBD publishes Business.2010, a newsletter on business and biodiversity. The latest issue covers wide range of financial and biodiversity themes from challenges in incorporating biodiversity into company valuations to seeing biodiversity as a new market opportunity.

Development of biodiversity friendly business is one of the key components of the COAST project, additionally elaborated within Banking sector activities.
Therefore, opportunities and challenges elaborated in the latest Business.2010 issue could be of high value for the future development of the COAST project.



ZAGREB, 17 October 2007
Request for Proposal for Landscape Diversity

Request for proposal for provision of inventory and sustainable use of landscape diversity
in project demo-sites has been announced. All interested offerors are invited to send its technical and financial offers (in English language) for landscape inventory and assessment with measures for conservation and sustainable use of the following areas:

            • Municipalities Ston and Janjina;
            • Islands of Vis and Biševo;
            • River Krka Estuary; and/or
            • South-east part of the island of Pag.


Proposals should be addressed to:
Ms. Jasmina Stipula, Procurement Assistant
UNDP, Kestercanekova 1,
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

All the proposals must be received no later than Wednesday, 14 November 2007, 5:00 p.m (local time).


SPLIT, 09. May 2007
Project COAST Commences: Prudent Natural Resources Management on the Dalmatian Coast

Inception workshop of UNDP/GEF Project
After the termination of preliminary phase, Project COAST has officially marked the continuation of work through an initiatory workshop held in Split, on 9 May 2007. The project COAST is aimed at sustainable development of Dalmatian Coast, along with nature preservation and environment protection. The project is implemented by the Ministry for Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and four Dalmatian. The project has financial support by Global Environment Facility (GEF).


25 October 2010