A partnership agreement for implementing the project “Explore Cross-border Aquatic Biodiversity – EXChAngE” is signed on 11th September 2020 in the Institute of Marine Biology, the University of Montenegro. By signing the Agreement, the Institute is granted with Eur 430,000 from the European Union IPA II funds from the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020.

Participants in the meeting room, Dr. Aleksandar Joksimović, Director of the Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro is welcoming participants

On the project main objective, Dr. Aleksandar Joksimović, Institute Director said, “Activities will be implemented with the main objective to strengthen and diversify the tourism offer through exploring cross-border aquatic biodiversity and to enable better management and sustainable use of cultural and natural heritage. In Kotor, we will develop a new tourism offer – Aquarium Boka, which will be an integral part of a new cross-border tourism product – the Blue Pass. It will enable visits of other developed new thematic routes: Dubrovnik and Aquarium (Croatia), Hutovo Blato Aqua Path, and Mostar Old Bridge and River Neretva (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and attracts more tourists in the area.”

The project will be implemented by the unique consortium led by the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina are the Tourism Organization of Herzegovina-Neretva county and Nature Park “Hutovo Blato”. Besides the Institute, partners from Montenegro is Tourism Organization Kotor. The total project budget is 1,7 M Eur with EU co-financing of 1,4 M Eur. The project has started on 15th August 2020 and will last for 24 months.

More info on the project: EXChAngE

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