Center for Protection and Research of Birds (CZIP) was founded in December 2000 by professional ornithologists of the Republic Institute for Nature Protection, Natural History Museum, PE National Parks and by students of the Department of Biology (Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) from Podgorica.
In Montenegro CZIP is a member of several formal and informal NGO networks. We are signatories of the Memorandum of Cooperation with: Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development, Saltworks "Bajo Sekulić", Ulcinj, TO Ulcinj, Office for Sustainable Development, Municipality of Plužine and the Municipality of Tivat.
Centre for Protection and Research of Birds was awarded the Green Star in 2013, for public engagement and completed projects. The Green Star Award is being delivered by the Environmental Protection Agency, Aarhus Centers of Montenegro and the Organization for Security and Co-operation - OSCE.