Kotor, Montenegro. The Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro in Kotor organized a gala garden party for participants of the Second International Conference: Protection of Biodiversity of the Adriatic – AdriBioPro2022 on Thursday, 15th June. This event marked the closing of the main working part f the Conference, which attracted more than 300 participants from 22 countries.

Conference participants presented 84 papers on six topics at the Conference: marine biodiversity and conservation, freshwater biodiversity and conservation, cross-border water biodiversity, water and invasive species, marine and freshwater pollution, and sustainable use of marine resources. The Conference lasted four working days, from June 14th until June 17th in parallel sessions in Cultural Center “Nikola Djurković” and the Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro.

The non-material cultural heritage of Boka Kotorska was presented to all guests by the women’s singing band In Canto from Kotor. The gathering was accompanied by a music band Pljevaljski Tamburaši who presented the traditional songs of the region to guests.

The conference ended with the organizer’s announcement that the next one would be organized in two years, with a central theme on teh blue growth.

Conference background

The Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro is implementing the project Explore Cross-border Aquatic Biodiversity – EXChAngE. The project is developing a new tourism product – Blue Pass, which will enable visits to new thematic routes with improved infrastructure: Dubrovnik and Aquarium in Croatia, Kotor and Aquarium Boka in Montenegro, Hutovo Blato Aqua Path, and Mostar Aqua Path in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and attracts more tourists in the area. This conference is organized as a final project event dedicated to gathering all relevant national and regional stakeholders and securing closer regional cooperation in the Adriatic Sea region.

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