Dubrovnik, Kotor. The launching event of the project “Explore Cross-border Aquatic Biodiversity – EXChAngE” was held on 19th October 2020 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Kotor, Montenegro. The event was organized as a combined seminar and webinar, due to Covid-19 travel and meeting restrictions. All 5 project partners from 3 countries: from Croatia Institute for Marine and Coastal Research of the University of Dubrovnik, from Bosnia and Herzegovina Tourism Board of Herzegovina-Neretva County and Nature Park “Hutovo Blato”, and from Montenegro: Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro and Tourism Organization Kotor presented planned project activities and deliverables in two meeting rooms: one at University of Dubrovnik and one at University of Montenegro, and to more than 30 webinar participants.

On the project main deliverable, Dr. Nenad Antolović, the Head of the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research of the University of Dubrovnik – the lead partner, said, “Blue Pass is much more than a joint ticket for five localities in three neighboring countries. It will offer comprehensive information in digital and paper form, guided tours of Dubrovnik Aquarium (Croatia), Kotor and Aquarium Boka (Montenegro), Hutovo Blato Aqua Path, and Mostar Aqua Path (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and creates a community for sustainable use of the cross-border aquatic biodiversity”.

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