Bear watching in the NP Tara and NP Biogradska gora
Parks Dinarides and WWF, in collaboration with the NP Biogradska gora from Montenegro and the NP Tara from Serbia implement the initiative: "Bears Watching", which is the basis for the development of nature-oriented tourism but by promoting measures for the protection and improvement of the bear habitat and prevention of poaching.
The project will build an effective system of monitoring brown bear with the standardized monitoring methods, in order to contribute to the conservation of these species in the area of the National Park Biogradska gora and NP Tara.
Based on the acquired data, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, this project aims to achieve noticeable progress in protection and preservation of wild species and their habitats, through concrete activities in the field and intensive cooperation with management and local actors.
Long-term, we wish to establish an attractive tourist product “Bear watching”, that would bring benefit for both NP Biogradska Gora and NP Tara and local communities. Population of protected areas and its surroundings will have an opportunity to take part in the activities of protection of the brown bear through trainings for gathering of DNK material and other activities, such as creating attractive tourist offer in roles such as guides for bear monitoring or providing accommodation, hospitality, souvenirs and other tourist products and services focused on nature..
Along with the work on the establishment of ecological corridors, "Parks of the Dinarides" will work actively with partners to raise awareness and educate the local population about the values in the protected areas, to ensure the sustainability of this form of eco-tourism.
This initiative is being implemented within the project “Protected areas for nature and people”.