On Thursday , May 16, 2019, first LIFE Artina Steering Committee (SC) meeting was held at the Ministry of environment and energetics. The role of the SC is to follow and support the implementation of the project at the national level.
The project partners, representatives of Assoc. BIOM, the Public Institution of the Nature Park “Lastovsko otočje”, Assoc. Sunce and the representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Directorate of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture. Since this was the first meeting of this committee, the aim was to introduce the members of the Committee, in particular the members of the governing bodies, with the objectives and activities of the project and to inform them of the progress made by now. Other topics of the meeting were the announcement of upcoming activities, challenges we have encountered so far, what expectations have been from the project but also from the Coordination Committee itself.
Representatives of the Directorate of Fisheries and Ministry of Environment and Energy have emphasized during the meeting that they have already recognized the importance of LIFE Artina project and that information on its implementation is actively shared with their associates. Members of the SC expressed great interest in the project and activities to be implemented, especially for the control of invasive species populations and for communication with fishermen. The Committee will meet at least twice a year and more thoroughly address the challenges of the process of proclaiming new marine protected areas important for birds (SPAs), for the purpose of protecting and conserving target species populations. In this way, it will be possible to achieve even better cooperation between the nature and fisheries sector on one side and on the other side the administrative bodies and partners – civil society organizations and public institutions for the management of protected areas.