Earth Day at the American Corner in Podgorica
On April 22, International Earth Day, Professor Dr. Michael V. McGinnis, from the Ocean and Coastal Policy Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented the "History of the U.S. Environmental Movement" at the American Corner in Podgorica. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Montenegro's Institute of Marine Studies in Kotor since February this year. Dr. McGinnis identified five major threats to the Adriatic Sea, including areas which Montenegro can control, such as over-fishing and run-off pollution. Working for the past 15 years in the area of coastal marine ecosystem-based planning, Dr. McGinnis consults with policymakers and scientists who are developing policy for Mediterranean states. He has published over 60 articles in international journals and has been a principle investigator on a number of collaborative and interdisciplinary studies supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of the Interior, the National Marine Sanctuaries Program, and other funding agencies and foundations. He has also been the primary consultant and advisor to California and U.S. federal resource agencies that focus on ecosystem-based policy development, providing socio-economic, legal and policy guidance to resource agencies and NGOs in a number of large-scale management plans for marine ecosystems, protected natural areas, coastal watersheds, creeks, wetlands, open spaces and island ecosystems.