Montenegrin citizens to care for its environment

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In the 25 years since Montenegro was declared an ecological state, a lot has been done – but not enought, as Director of the Agency for Environmental Protection, Ervin Spahic, said for Dnevne Novine daily. Eco Montenegro will celebrate its 25th birthday, he said, with 10 percent of its territory under national and four locations under international protection.

While a lot has been done in terms of legislation and alignment with EU directives, Montenegro still suffers with a very small number of plants for wastewater treatment and only two sanitary landfills.

Solving all environmental problems in Montenegro, Mr. Spahic said, would require a lot of money – according to some estimates, a billion and a half euros.

“According to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) developed by Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, which measures environmental and ecosystem vitality of each country, Montenegro is ranked 47th on the list of ecological countries in the world. And we are certainly not satisfied that we are not at the top of the list, where the fifth place went to Slovenia and 15th to Croatia”, said Spahic.

To make Montenegro truly an environmentally-friendly country, laws are not enough: its citizens need to understand this issue.

“Ecological Montenegro must be defended from the man, the only sentient being on the planet. We must therefore put a lot of effort in educating children, from their kindergarten age, in primary schools, to make them truly aware of the fact that they must conserve the environment in which we live”, said Spahic.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro