CoRE project aims to improve the overall protection and preservation of the Adriatic coastline, more specifically the coastline border in Croatia and Montenegro.
Thanks to a half million euro worth of European CoRE project, the Croatian Hydrographic Institute in Split received valuable equipment and on Thursday held an info workshop on raising awareness of environmental protection (by establishing safety protocols and measures for the) preservation of maritime domain parts of Croatia and Montenegro, reports eZadar on September 28, 2017.
Director of the Croatian Hydrographic Institute (HHI) Vinka Kolić said that the project started a year and a half ago and is currently in the final phase of implementation. The project is a continuation of the two previous projects co-operated by the Split HHI and the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, which have been collaborating extensively over the last few years.
“We have recognized EU projects as a great source of funding and improving our institution’s equipment and staff. That is how we acquired a wave recorded buoy and a side scan sonar – equipment that is worth more than hundred thousand euros, and which is necessary for our basic hydrographic activity and which in turn ensures safe navigation,” said Director Kolić.
In addition to HHI, the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research in Dubrovnik is also participating in the project. Kolić explained that the project is not only focused on equipment but also in the marine domain segment, the result of which is also a mini brochure which is being finalized and will be presented at the final conferences in Dubrovnik and in Montenegro during November.The brochure presents an overview of the maritime domains in Croatia and Montenegro.
Director of the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro, Luka Mitrović, said that thanks to the funds from the projects, they were able to acquire multibeam sonar equipment for mapping and measuring the seabed as well as educate people to produce nautical charts and publications. He pointed out the important aspect of the project which helped to define the issue of coastal protection, i.e. the delta of the Neretva River and the River Bojana, where measurements and research are carried out to determine the effect of the abrasion or erosion in these areas and its impact on beaches.
“We are extremely pleased with the cooperation with the Croatian Hydrographic Institute, which has helped us to establish the hydrographic service of Montenegro. There are other, even larger projects in the works that will be of great benefit to both Croatia and Montenegro,” said Mitrović.
Translated from eZadar