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Montenegro faces water shortage: Climate change impact discussed by agency director

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In Montenegro, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Milan Gazdić, has issued a warning about a potential water shortage this year due to insufficient winter rainfall attributed to climate change.

During a podcast hosted by the MINA Agency focusing on climate change, Gazdić highlighted the visible consequences of shifting climate patterns in Montenegro in recent years. The forecasts for the upcoming period, especially for the Mediterranean region where Montenegro is situated, do not paint an optimistic picture.

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Gazdić expressed concern over the absence of snowfall during the winter, a phenomenon that poses a significant threat to the water balance in the country. He indicated a likelihood of water source depletion, emphasizing the possibility of a water scarcity crisis.

Looking ahead, Gazdić emphasized the agency’s intention to prioritize the construction of new hydroelectric power plants as part of their strategic response.

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Furthermore, Gazdić underscored the substantial impact of climate change on Montenegrin agriculture, particularly fruit growers. He highlighted the premature onset of spring, leading to fruit blossoms followed by detrimental snowfall, potentially decimating this year’s harvest.

In addition to the agricultural sector, Gazdić addressed the concerning increase in forest fires during atypical periods like March and April. He noted that while rapid rainfall mitigated some of the fire risks, Montenegro still faces significant challenges, especially considering the loss of 35 thousand hectares of forests to fires between 2014 and 2018.

Gazdić also touched upon the issue of air quality, emphasizing that Montenegro has long grappled with poor air quality, particularly during heating seasons. He attributed recent deteriorations in air quality to factors like forest fires, stressing the need for concerted efforts to combat such challenges.

On a positive note, Gazdić mentioned ongoing efforts in Montenegro to align with European Union standards and directives regarding environmental protection. He highlighted initiatives aimed at enhancing energy efficiency, reducing air pollution, and addressing waste management issues.

In conclusion, Gazdić emphasized the importance of collective action in mitigating the effects of climate change. He urged individuals to contribute by adopting sustainable practices, such as waste management and fire prevention strategies, underscoring the role of both government policies and individual responsibility in safeguarding Montenegro’s environment and future.

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