Representatives of the Municipalities of Mali Zvornik and Ljubovija, at the closing conference of the Cressida Program – Capacity Building of Local Communities for Sustainable Development in the Drina and Drim River Basin, on May 8 and 9 in Budva, presented a successfully implemented pilot action for a rapid assessment of the ecological status of watercourses – ,,Value Drina “, implemented by partner municipalities in 2016 and 2017, in cooperation with citizens’ associations ,,EkoDrina” and ,,Our Ljubovija”.

On this occasion, it was concluded that the action gave the expected results and that the US methodology of SVAP 2, for a quick, visual assessment of the status of watercourses, found a multiple application on rivers in the Podrinje Region.

Ater testing, it was pointed out that the method was repeatedly used for the purpose of various scientific research and several projects are under preparation, which basically use this powerful and efficient tool.

At the closing conference of the Cressida program, pilot actions of the other four local communities in the Drina River basin were presented, from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, among the municipalities of Bogatic, Novo Goražde, Bijelo Polje and Mojkovac.

The introductory part of the first day in Budva was dedicated to the presentation of water quality in Montenegro, organized by the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, while on the second day of the conference the results of the project “Support to Water Resources Management in the Drina River Basin”, implemented with the support of World Bank, were presented. The perspective of effectively manage water resources in the Drina River Basin, with mitigation of the effects of floods and droughts, sustainable water use and environmental management, was considered.

The theme of the two-day final conference of the Cressida program was the integrity of the basin, more precisely its capacity to support and sustain a range of ecological processes.

The Cressida Program – Capacity Building of Local Communities for Sustainable Development in the Drina and Drim River Basin was implemented in the period 2014-2019 in cooperation with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), which, besides professional, provided overall financial support to the program.

 

Value Drina pilot action presented at the final meeting within CRESSIDA program