Ramsar

EUROPARC FEDERATION

Parkovi DINARIDI

DanubeParks

DanubeParks

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

SavaParks

SavaParks

European Stork Villages

Turistička zajednica Sisačko-moslavačke županije

Bio portal


 

Weather by Freemeteo.com

Sava TIES

sava TIES

>> News - Sava TIES

>> Project objective

>> Work Package/activity

#Sava TIES project started

Regionally significant project „Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species – Sava TIES“ started on 1 June 2018. During the next three years this project will be implemented in four countries of the Sava River basin: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The main project goal is to find an effective solution for permanent eradication of invasive alien plants, to reduce habitat fragmentation and improve the connectivity of the transnational ecological corridor. Invasive alien plants are species that are non-native to our ecosystem, but are primarily human introduced. They are spreading uncontrolled in the Sava River basin, having a negative effect or even pushing out other native species, reduceng soil fertility and cultivable agricultural surfaces, causing major problems in flood control and much more. To conclude – they change important European natural habitats and are very difficult to eradicate. It is not only a nature protection problem; it also has negative effect on human health and causes major economic losses. It is estimated that the damage invasive alien species (IAS) have on the global economy is more than USD 1,4 trillion per year, representing nearly 5% of the world economy.
Project is co-financed by EU funds (European Regional Development Fund - ERDF and IPA). The total value is EUR 1,604.137! Project partners are EuroNatur Foundation, Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution, Public Institution Green Ring, Public Company National Park “Una” LLC Bihać, Center for Environment, Institute for Nature Conservation of Voivodina Province, Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica and Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“. As part of the project, different methods of effective removal or eradication of IAS plants such as Japanese knotweed, False indigo bush and Tree of heaven which are already causing serious damage in the Sava River basin will be tested on seven pilot areas in four countries. The emphasis is on cross-sectoral cooperation, as we can only achieve desired results through cooperation of different stakeholders, national/local governments and local inhabitants.
The significance of this project lies in the strengthening and improving Sava Parks network of protected areas, established in 2015 to jointly respond to nature conservation challenges in the Sava River basin. Its long-term goal is to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the river Sava from its source to confluence.
Invasive alien species are the main challenge of biodiversity conservation in the 21st century. They are also our main challenge! Follow us on our official website and on social networks. Visit beautiful Sava River; take photos, publish them… and don't forget to use #SavaTIES!

 



News - Sava TIES

 

SAVA TIES - 9TH SAVAPARKS NETWORK MEETING AND A VISIT TO THE SOURCE OF SAVA
(29-11-2019)

pplp

The SavaParks members met in the Triglav National Park, Slovenia, for their 9th SavaParks network meeting. Triglav National Park is named after and surrounds the highest mountain of Slovenia, Triglav mountain (2864m). Here you can find one of the sources of the Sava River, which the participants of the SavaParks meeting had the pleasure to visit. The beautiful Savica waterfall has a drop of 78m and is fed by the Valley of Triglav Lakes, which lies in the mountains above the waterfall. It is the source of the river Sava Bohinjka, which merges with Sava Dolinka near Bled, forming the Sava River. The Triglav National Park team shared their experiences and challenges in managing the national park, while showing the participants some of its beauties like Savica waterfall and Mostnica Gorge.

The SavaParks meeting was organised at the Lake Bohinj on the 26th and 27th of November. The SavaParks members discussed river restoration potentials along the Sava, the future of the SavaParks network and the focus of their work. Furthermore, several options for a joint logo for the SavaParks network were discussed and the final choice will be presented in the beginning of 2020 together with the SavaPark website.

 

SAVA TIES - GET TO KNOW THE INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS - CANADIAN AND GIANT GOLDENROD
(11-2019)

pplp

If you take a stroll through the Ljubljana Marsh at the end of summer, you cannot miss the tall plant with bright yellow inflorescences overgrowing abandoned meadows and fields as well as unmown areas by the roads and ditches. It is Goldenrod! Not the indigenous European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) that grows in bright forests, on clear-cuts and forest edges across Slovenia though. They are foreign Canadian (Solidago canadensis) and Giant (Solidago gigantea) Goldenrod, two of the most invasive plant species in the area of the Ljubljana Marsh and across all of Central Europe. They are also causing trouble in other parts of Europe, in most parts of Asia, in Australia and in New Zealand. Both species are indigenous to North America. Canadian Goldenrod was one of the first decorative plants that were brought from North America to Europe. In Britain, it has been known since the 17th century and was spread across most of Europe in the 19th century. It used to be planted in botanical gardens, parks and gardens from where it has spread into nature.

Our ancestors used European Goldenrod as medicine for alleviating problems with the urinary system and healing wounds. The two foreign Goldenrod species contain the same active substances, but unfortunately they have a destructive effect on biodiversity and habitats. They produce dense stands that prevent the indigenous plants from growing which in turn makes the habitats inappropriate for many animal species. It has been established that in the areas overgrown by Goldenrod, there are fewer ants, which has a negative effect on butterflies, which are dependent on them. Canadian and Giant Goldenrod spread quickly, with a single plant producing thousands of seeds that are carried by wind or spread by vegetative propagation with underground stems. They grow particularly quickly on degraded areas and abandoned farmlands that the indigenous species reach more slowly. Poorly cleaned machinery also often brings their seeds to those areas or the seeds and roots are already present in the soil that is used for filling the surface. Their special characteristic is that their roots produce substances that slow down the growth of other plants and decrease their successful development. This decreases the biodiversity of other plants and organisms that are dependent on them. Because of the substances they produce, the soil is also less suitable for farming.

Regular mowing prevents the Goldenrod from spreading to the meadows. However, decreasing the frequency of mowing for the purpose of preserving the species that are threatened by early mowing or mowing in certain seasons can cause problems.

Canadian and Giant Goldenrod bloom from July to September when most of the indigenous plants already wither and beekeepers love them for it. Where they grow, they are important food for bees, allowing bee colonies to preserve their strength and enabling strong development of winter bees.

 

13th MEETING OF CROATIAN PROTECTED AREAS
(23/25-10-2019)

pplp

Employees of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution, Department for matters of conservation, maintenance, preservation and use of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, participated on the 13th Meeting of Croatian Protected Areas Departments for Expert Works. The event was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature and the Ecological Network of the Virovitica-Podravina County. Among others, the member of the SavaParks network participated on the meeting. This year's event was hosted by the City of Virovitica and the County of Virovitica-Podravina for a period of three days: 23-25 October 2019.

Through lectures and discussions, the conference covered topics in the field of nature protection, presented news, projects and shared experiences in the practice of nature conservation. A tour of the protected areas of Virovitica-Podravina County was also organized.

Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution actively participated in the event by presenting the Sava TIES project - Habitat protection in the Sava River Basin through transnational management of invasive alien species. The participants have been involved by the mapping of grasslands habitat in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and by the activities on eradication of the invasive species on the pilot sites in four SavaParks countries.

 

 

SAVA TIES - FIGHTING INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES IN SAVA RIVER BASIN
(16/19-09-2019)

pplp

Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina: #SavaTIES project partners have gathered from 16 until 19 October 2019 in Bihać to discuss ongoing project activities and the SavaParks Network future. Participants have presented pilot implementation actions they have performed at the field and brainstormed the best ways to manage IAS as well as how to present the results to the decision-makers. Training on Project Impact Planning was organized to develop a strategic plan that can save the time and ensure reaching and proving the impacts of the Sava TIES project. The training is part of the SavaParks Network capacity building program.

At the same time, the 2nd Regional workshop on invasive alien plants was held in the local municipality center in the village Kulen Vakuf on 17 October 2019. More than 30 stakeholders and representatives of project partners had a chance to exchange experiences on fight against aggressive introduced plants they are dealing with in the Sava River Basin. Sharing practical knowledge between the local stakeholders and the project consortium is crucial for the successful eradication of invasive alien species. The workshop is part of the drafting the SavaParks Network after-project Roadmap. Mirjana Bartula, workshop coordinator said: “The workshop is providing inputs on future cooperation among SavaParks Network for harmonized management of the protected areas in the Sava River basin.”.

Una National Park, the host of the 2nd Regional Workshop and 4th Steering Committee meeting, organized field excursion to the pilot site where testing of methods for the removal of invasive alien plant Japanese knotweed has been performed. The Una National Park director, Amarildo Mulić, emphasized the fruitful cooperation they have achieved so far with the locals and relevant sectors. The involvement and education of the local community and cross sectoral cooperation is a step closer in achieving positive results in the fight against non-native species. Besides the pilot site, natural beauties of the Una River were explored.

 

 

 

 

SAVA TIES - SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2ND SAVA TIES REGIONAL WORKSHOP
(14-10-2019)

pplp

2nd Sava TIES Regional Workshop will be organized in National Park UNA on 17 October 2019. 

Sava TIES project partners and cross-sectoral stakeholders from four Sava River Basin countries will gather to talk about the negative impact of invasive and aliens species and possible ways of controlling them. Stakeholders will talk about future perspectives and work priorities of the SavaParks Network. During the filed visit participants of the workshop will have opportunities to see the beauty of the National Park Una, but also areas invaded by invasive alien species Reynoutria japonica.

For more information about the event and registration please contact National Park UNA (jp.np.una@gmail.com)

 

 

SAVA TIES - AS THE AUTUMN APPROACHES, INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES ARE BEING REMOVED!
(September 2019)

pplp

As invasive alien species, being one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, cause major environmental, economic and health problems, the Sava TIES project is focused on finding successful methods of removing invasive plant species in the Sava River Basin.

According to the  Sava TIES work plan, effectiveness and costs of different methods in invasive alien species eradication are being tested on the most invasive vascular plants in the region. Project partners have defined 7 Pilot areas in 4 countries to be test-plots for the eradication. The sample plots are located in conservation areas  that being threatened: Nature Park Ljubljansko Barje (Slovenia), Protected Landscape Odransko polje (Croatia), Nature Park Lonjsko Polje (Croatia), National Park Una (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tišina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Special Nature Reserve Zasavica (Serbia) and Special Nature Reserve Obedska Bara (Serbia).

In August and September 2019 staff members from the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province, together with the sites’ managers visited Pilot areas to see the progress in monitoring and eradication of invasive species. Having essential local knowledge of species which are posing the highest ecological and economic  threat, site managers have marked the sample plots on which invasive plants are going to be eradicated and counted, and their number will be monitored in the coming years to show the success of the applied eradication method.

Some project partners have already started with the removal of invasive alien species; the Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park removed Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) by hand pulling, while Una National Park started cutting Bohemian Knotweed (Reynoutria x bohemica). False indigo (Amorpha fructicosa) has been marked and will be removed from the Odransko field protected area, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, the Special Nature Reserve Obedska Bara and the Tisina swamp. Within the Special Nature Reserve Zasavica the invasive species Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) has been removed.

Invasive species can only be defeated if our efforts are well-directed, and more determined than the species themselves. Therefore, the only way to find effective solutions for removal of invasive species which are characteristic for the Sava River Basin is through collaboration and exchange of practical experiences among project partners - because we share a common goal.

 

 

SAVA TIES - HOW TO REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES?
(September 2019)

pplp

STUDY VISIT

Invasive alien species are a major problem today and the main challenge for biodiversity conservation in the 21st century. They have a negative impact on human health, causing major economic losses and also major environmental changes. Day by day, people become more aware of the problems and consequences because they feel them on their own skin. What is the most effective solution for the invasive alien species eradication? What can professionals and locals do to combat invasive species? Those were just some of the issues discussed on a study trip to Hungary in search of good practice examples.

Members of the SavaParks Network visited two national parks in Hungary - Kiskunság and Körös-Maros, whose managers have years of experience in combating invasive alien plants. They had the opportunity to hear how their Hungarian counterparts confront the issue of invasiveness and to see the treated areas and the different methods they apply - from chemical to mechanical. In Kiskunság National Park, a chemical treatment method has been applied, which has proven to be the most effective, but it should not be used in floodplains area due to possible pollution of watercourses and drinking water. In such areas, such as Körös-Maros National Park, the most effective method has proven to be the combination of mechanical removal by mulching, mowing and grazing.

Hungarian colleagues have been battling invasive species for over ten years, investing millions of euros in combating them, and even have intervention teams in charge of removing and monitoring. Despite all the efforts and finances, it is almost impossible to permanently remove such species due to the spread of seeds from areas outside the boundaries of the national park. Only good management can prevent them from spreading to new areas and control growth in already affected areas, which takes a lot of time and money. In this "invasive story", education of all generations, especially decision-makers and locals, is the most important in raising awareness about the topic of invasive alien species.

Europe is heavily investing in efforts to combat invasive alien species. Unfortunately, for the time being, the success of these measures is not effective enough to remove them from nature, and experts predict that permanent eradication is impossible to achieve.

This study trip was organized as part of the project “Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species ”- Sava TIES. The aim of the Sava TIES project is to find an effective solution for the eradication and suppression of invasive alien plant species in the Sava River Basin. Experiences of the Hungarian colleagues and the newly acquired knowledge surely will contribute to the preservation of our nature and healthy environment.

 

 

SAVA TIES - PILOT MEASURES IMPLEMENTATION STARTED
08-08-2019

pplp

It is summer season and in Ljubljansko barje Nature park, Slovenia implementation of measures aiming to eradicate three invasive alien plant species (IAS) at our pilot plots is in full swing!

However, not all of our activities are related solely to the eradication of IAS. It is essential to raise awareness about biggest threats that expanding distribution of invasive species poses to nature, economy and human health. For this purpose, multiple events were organized presenting the IAS topic and reasons why it is crucial to act immediately.

We also participated in several external events where Sava TIES project and the problem of invasive alien species were presented. Sava TIES project and its current activities were also presented at »Moja reka praznuje« event.

Furthermore, Sava TIES project team participated in the Eco Karst final event. The project dealt with ecosystem services provided by the karst protected areas and their potential for local sustainable development. Within the group discussion, we led the section entitled Challenges that IAS present for management of protected areas and probiodiversity businesses.

A lecture and a workshop took place for students of Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana. The event included a field trip to one of the areas where problems caused by invasive goldenrod and himalayan balsam can be presented on site. The students were engaged in removal of IAS themselves.

Members of the Slovenian Geocaching Club Geocacher also took part in “fighting” the goldenrod near Podkraj, area now overgrown with this invasive weed due to inadequate mowing in the past.

Mulching of the himalayan balsam was implemented in the pilot area. In areas inaccessible for machine eradication, the himalayan balsam was manually removed by volunteers, students of the Biotechnical Education Centre Ljubljana.

In the pilot plot different practices of eradication of goldenrod are being tested in 6 quadrants. Effectiveness and suitability of different eradication methods will be compared. In the first round, mulching, mowing and milling of goldenrod in the pilot plot are being tested.

 

SAVA TIES - VOICE OF TIŠINA SPREADS FAR - PRESENTATION OF SAVA TIES PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND NATURE PROTECTION
26-07-2019

pplp

The Sava TIES project was presented in the premises of the Centre for culture ''Šamac'' on 23 July 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interested public had the chance to learn more about the values ​​of this soon officially protected area; the activities currently in progress and those which will be realized in future. Presentations were held by organizations and institutions that have long recognized the importance of preserving and protecting Tišina. After presentations at the Centre, present audience had the opportunity to informally speak with all the representatives. The activity titled "Voice of Tišina spreads far" was organized as part of the traditional event "Šamačko ljeto".

 

SAVA TIES - AN EVENTFUL WEEKEND
23-07-2019

pplp

Last weekend, the Sava TIES project was presented at the events organized in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Croatia, a locally organized event called „Kosci za kosce“ was held in Donja Zdenčina. Another popular event "Pecka Outdoor Festival" was organized in at the Municipality Mrkonjić grad in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

DONJA ZDENČINA, CROATIA – The purpose of this event was to promote the traditional way of mowing wet meadows in the Sava River basin and to raise awareness about the preservation of a mysterious but endangered bird species – Corncrake (Crex crex) whose survival depends on such habitats. The problem of invasive alien plants is closely related to these issues since these aggressive plants overgrow habitats important for the Corncrake. #Sava TIES activities were presented to the visitors as a possible solution to the habitat preservation fostering local tradition and culture.

Mrkonjić grad, Bosnia & Herzegovina - Meanwhile in Bosnia and Herzegovina Pecka Outdoor Festival was happening in the Municipality Mrkonjić grad. Visitors were introduced to the activities of the Center for Environment and learned about the activities carried out in the field of Tišina pond firsthand. This festival brought together a great number of enthusiasts, nature lovers and athletes, as well as exhibitors of local products and other local inhabitants. The festival was organized by the Sustainable Development Association "Greenways".

Our project team is very active, so follow us at #SavaTIES Facebook page & Instagram profile. Join us at future events!

 

 

SAVA TIES - LOCAL STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP IN SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE ZASAVICA, SERBIA
19-07-2019

pplp

#SavaTIES Stakeholder workshop was held on 4th July 2019 in in the Visitor Center Zasavica with the purpose of discussing main issues related to invasive alien species in Sava River basin in general and in the Special Nature Reserve Zasavica in particular.

Representatives of local government, NGOs, Department for Biology and Ecology of Faculty of natural science from Novi Sad, Provincial Institute of Nature Protection and PC “Vode Vojvodine” took part at the workshop.

Participants shared their experience with invasive species management they had so far and presented ideas for possible projects aimed at different aspects of invasive species management that could be developed and implemented at local and Sava River basin level.

All workshop participants expressed willingness to be part of Zasavica stakeholder board and join efforts for finding successful  solutions for  invasive species problems.

 

 

STAKEHOLDER MEETING IN POPOVAČA
(11-07-2019)

pplp

On Thursday, 11th July 2019, City of  Popovača has organized a meeting which was attended by representatives of cattle breeders from common pastures Gračenica Polje, Osekovo Polje and Ostrovsko Polje, representatives of the City of Popovača and  representatives of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution.

The Croatian Forests, the Forestry of Popovača, are in the process of drafting a new forest management plan for a period of 10 years. The new document will also change the status of certain areas which would be pastures or forests in the future. Pasture representatives are concerned about the potential decrease of  overgrown pasture lands at the local level and do not give up on their views on the topic and announce a legal battle.

Lonjsko Polje is a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage List and the duty of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution is to closely monitor the development of the situation so the balance of the forests and pastures and the centuries-old landscape of the Lonjsko polje will not be disrupted.
The pilot area of the Sava TIES project is located near the forest area, but the implementation of project activities (mulching and biobaling of Amorpha fruticosa) on the pilot site are not questionable due to good communication and cooperation with all parties.

 

SAVA TIES - MURA-DRAVA-DANUBE FINAL CONFERENCE
(01-07-2019)

pplp

Sava TIES team has participated at the Mura-Drava-Danube conference of the coop MDD Interreg project that was held on the 28th June 2019 in Bad Radkersburg, Austria. The participants had an opportunity to get familiar with the project achievements, outcomes and experiences. At the end of the conference, Protected Area management institutions from within the TBR MDD and coop MDD project partners signed a Cooperation Agreement for their future work on the 5-country biosphere reserve. After the conference, participants were invited to the “Flanieren & Radieren” street festival where the celebration, of the successfully completed project and the stunning rivers which are in focus of protection, was continued.

Congratulations on all the contributions to the 5-country Biosphere Reserve achieved by the coop MDD project!

 

 

SAVA TIES - SAVA TIES PROJECT PRESENTED AT THE DANUBEPARKSCONNECTED FINAL CONFERENCE
(26-06-2019)

pplp

Sava TIES project was presented at the final conference of DANUBEparksCONNECTED project, held on 12th June 2019 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Sava TIES project is one of the projects with the topic of ecological connectivity that had chance to be presented during this event which gathers more than 100 participants not only the project partners of DANUBEparksCONNECTED project but also numerous relevant institutions from Serbia. Presentation, entitled as “Sava TIES, project overview” was presented by colleagues of PE “Vojvodinašume” who is also the project partner.

There are many similarities between these two projects but also one main difference. Namely, the geographical area of DANUBEparksCONNECTED project is Danube River while for Sava TIES main working area is  Sava River. On the other hand, both projects have numerous similarities, starting from the networking of protected areas along the Danube and Sava River (Danubeparks – Savaparks network), developing joint projects aiming for conservation and improving habitat corridors along these rivers.

The DANUBEparksCONNECTED project, connecting Protected Areas from 9 Danube countries, launched the DANUBE HABITAT CORRIDOR campaign to counteract ecological fragmentation. DANUBEparksCONNECTED aims to establish and further develop the Danube Habitat Corridor by implementing best practice examples for ecological connectivity and Green Infrastructure in all elements: DANUBE FREE SKY for the flyway (air element), WILDisland (water element), Dry Habitat Corridor and Forest Corridor (land element). This is the driving force behind the development of the Danube Habitat Corridor Guiding Principles, which compile experiences from the project focuses and define follow-up actions. The result is an overarching guiding document for future activities concerning ecological connectivity along the Danube.

 

 

SAVA TIES - STUDENTS EXPLORING THE INVASIVE SPECIES IN THE ZASAVICA SPECIAL NATURE RESERVE
(24-06-2019)

pplp

Students from primary school “Dobrosav Radosavljević Narod” from Mačvanska Mitrovica in Serbia participated at workshops on invasive alien species that were organized in Special Nature Reserve Zasavica within the frame of the Sava TIES project.

The first was organized on April 22 2019, on the occasion of celebrating International Earth Day, when students had opportunity to learn about the problems related to the invasive aliens species and the damage they bring on nature and the human being.

During the second workshop, organized on June 1, 2019, on the occasion of celebrating the International Sava Day, the students had field trip to the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve.

This was opportunity for them to learn more about the invasive species that exist in Zasavica, their adverse impact on natural ecosystems. Students also learned about the measures taken by the manager to eradicate invasive species. In addition, students were introduced to the significance of the Sava River, its natural values and the negative impacts it was exposed to.

 


SAVA TIES - AWARENESS RAISING EVENTS AT SNR "OBEDSKA BARA"
(24-06-2019)

pplp

During the April and May at SNR „Obedska bara“ within the Sava TIES project, several workshops and field visit were held for pupils and students with the main aim to raise awareness on the importance of combating and management of IAS.

Students of University of Singidumum, 40 of them in April and 80 students of Faculty of Forestry of Belgrade University in May visited Obedska bara to get familiar with main natural and ecological values of reserve and topic of management of invasive species. Students visited several locations where active measures have been implemented in last years which the main goal was removing of IAS and creating an open (water) habitat. They also visited pilot activity location (confluence of Revenica).  

In the light of celebration of Sava River Day on 1stof June and international Environment Day on 5th of June, in joint activity of Vojvodinašume, Faculty of Agriculture from University of Novi Sad and WWF, educational workshops have been organized in info centre Obedska bara for 60 pupils of primary school from Ašanja village and Sremska Mitrovica town. Pupils from 1st to 6th grade, through different creative games and practical educational tools, been introduced with different invasive species. Through games and the less theoretical approach, they have been introduced with some principles of IAS management.

This was the chance to pay attention to the necessity for active and permanent education as well as on continual acting towards the fighting against IAS.

 

MEETING WITH HUNTERS IN THE AREA OF LONJSKO POLJE NATURE PARK
(14-06-2019)

pplp

On Friday, June 14, 2016, a meeting with hunters for the area of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park was held in Donja Jelenska, in the hunting house "Fazan-Topolje".

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, representatives of the Croatian Hunting Association, Hunting Association of Sisak-Moslavina County, Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb, holders of hunting rights in the area of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and representatives of Public Institution Nature Park Lonjsko Polje.

A professional lecture on African swine fever was held and discussions on current preventive measures were in place. The second part of the meeting referred to hunting in the area of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park which is also part of the Natura 2000 ecological network.

 

SAVA TIES - WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY MARKED BY INVASIVE PLANTS
(31-05-2019)

pplp

AWARENESS-RAISING EVENT IN VELIKA GORICA, CROATIA

Environmental workshops for preschoolers were in the focus of the Environment Day celebration in Velika Gorica, Croatia on 31 May 2019. This event was a part of the 6th VGfest, and it was organized by the City of Velika Gorica, Velika Gorica Tourist Board and Public institution Green Ring. Other participants and workshop facilitators were representatives of various institutions and associations: Beekeepers’ Association Turopolje, Forest office Velika Gorica, associations BIUS – students of biology and BIOTEKA; and a freelance artist Jadranka Hlupić Dujmušić.

The rich program brought together around 250 preschoolers from six different kindergartens. Innovative methods were used to introduce children to topics of waste management and nature protection, such as: sorting and recycling waste, life of bees and beehives. They also  played “chase the invasive plants” where they learned the variety of domestic and invasive plants and threats they pose. At the workshop children came into contact with some unusual animals, such as cockroaches, scorpions, stick insects, snails and frogs.

Public institution Green Ring marked this event within the #SavaTIES project by playing the game of “dangerous” invasive alien plant species where children learned to recognize these unusual plants which “attack” and endanger our domestic plants. Education of local population, especially children is the important step in nature protection.

 

 

SAVA TIES - SAVA TIES PROJECT PRESENTED AT BIOBLITZ ON TREBEVIĆ
(30-05-2019)

pplp

#BIOBLITZ TREBOVIĆ 2019

The last weekend of May was reserved for the study of the living world of the protected landscape “Trebević”. On the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity, the Association for Biological Research and Nature Protection BIO.LOG, organized “BioBlitz Trebević 2019”, a manifestation devoted to the research of the living world and the promotion of science, scientific research, natural values ​​and biological diversity of the protected area “Trebević” on 26 May 2019.

BioBlitz is an activity that aims to find and identify as many species in the selected area within a given time frame. The specificity of this research is the openness and involvement of the public in the scientific research, awareness raising on the importance of biodiversity protection and biological research, and the promotion and cooperation of research organizations and the protection of biodiversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The day after the realized research, we presented the results at the Level Up Hotel, where visitors had the opportunity to get acquainted with our research and to explore the life of our favorite excursion site together, to learn and share experiences, current and planned activities for nature protection and contribute to the protection and preservation of Trebević.

With a pleasant gathering with experts from various fields of biological science, during these two days we have explored and introduced the world that inhabits this protected area. Almost 300 species of insects, fungi, plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and other organisms have been identified during the study, while a significant part of the collected samples will be processed in laboratories and included in the final list to be submitted to Protected Natural Sites of Sarajevo Canton, and will be used to create a database of biodiversity. Among the species found there are a number of our endemic, endangered and rare species, some of which have not been recorded in the Trebević area before.

In addition to the members and experts of the Association BIO.LOG, experts and members of a large number of associations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other countries, including Genofond, Center for the Environment, MYCOBH Mycology Association, Hyla Association, Center for Karst and Speleology, Bosnian-Herzegovinian Herpetological Association “ATRA”, Association of Biology Students in BiH and Sharklab-Malta.

Center for Environment presented the activities of the Sava TIES project that is being implemented in the Sava River Basin and interested were given the opportunity to get acquainted with our most invasive species of plants, the ways of their eradicationa and management and the importance of preserving habitats and species along the Sava River.

On this occasion, cooperation between the Center for the Environment and BIO.LOG has been agreed on the growing problem of invasive alien species, which represents an increasing threat and the second most significant cause of biodiversity reduction in the world as well as in BiH.

 

 

Stakeholder meeting about common pasture Repušnica
(31-05-2019)

pplp

On Friday, May 31, 2011, a stakeholder meeting was held in the Visitor Center Repušnica for the purpose of joint use of the common pasture Repušnica in the area of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

The meeting was attended by representative of the city of Kutina, representative of the common pasture of Repušnicko polje, representative of the hunters forestry, representatives from the sector of water management, state inspector of nature protection and representatives of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution.

The aim of the meeting was to detect problems and find solutions in the area of common pasture Repušnicko polje in order to improve cooperation within the stakeholders.

 

Sava River Day
(01-06-2019)

Lonjsko polje

The Sava River Day is celebrated on 1 June in four countries of the Sava River Basin - Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The aim of this celebration is to promote the exceptional ecological values and economic potentials in the Sava River Basin, sustainable use and development of economic activities, and the importance of good regional cooperation that contributes to a better status of water and water ecosystems and thus the higher quality of life of the population in the Sava River Basin.

The Sava River is a tributary of the Danube River, which originates in northwestern Slovenia. It is formed by the rivers Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka, and 946 kilometers downstream it flows into the Danube in Serbia. From the springs to the mouth it is flowing through four states: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.  The Sava River connects three capital cities: Ljubljana, Zagreb and Belgrade, but there is no traffic connectivity, as the river is not navigable throughout its whole course.  The missing or little traffic allows nature to thrive.

Due to its size, landscape diversity, ecological values and the number of people whose survival is directly dependent on its waters, the Sava River is one of the most important tributaries of the Danube. The ecological significance of the Sava River and its floodplains is reflected in the fact that about one third of its total flood area (322,875 ha) and two thirds of its watercourses have already been designated as protected areas - from national parks, Ramsar sites, other strictly protected areas and Emerald network candidates to Natura 2000 sites. Sava is an extraordinary river of pan-European importance.

The Sava TIES Project will mark this important day by organizing local events with the aim of raising public awareness about the importance of preserving the Sava River; its significance for inhabitants and the ecosystem; and about recent and lesser known threats such as invasive alien species.

In occasion of Sava River Day, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Istitution is organizing Lonja Bike Tour on 1st June 2019 to promote natural values of Sava River and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.  Lonja Bike Tour starts in Sunja at 9:00 a.m. and the route passes through Čigoč, Mužilovčica, Krapje and ends in Jasenovac at around 7:00 p.m. . In summary that is 57 km by bicycle.

 

Visit to the Kutina Technical School
(23-05-2019)

pplp

On the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity and the Day of Nature Protection in the Republic of Croatia (22 May 2019), the Kutina Technical School invited Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution on 23 May 2019 to hold lectures about impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity.
The lecture was organized for two school classes in the school library. During one school hour students were informed about Lonjsko polje Nature Park, biodiversity and invasive species in the area of  Lonjsko polje Nature Park. Special emphasis was on the Sava TIES project: „Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational management of Invasive Alien Species“.

 

International Day of Biodiversity and Nature Protection Day in Croatia
(22-5-2019)

pplp

Glossy Ibis in Krapje đol Ornithological Reserve!
This week 3 individuals of the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) were spotted in Krapje đol Ornithological Reserve. This swamp bird of bright purple-brown feathers traditionally nests in a colony with spoonbills and herons. Although only one finding of theese species has been recorded in 2014, this year's findings suggest that Glossy Ibis might be nesting in Krapje đol Ornithological Reserve, and the findings will be confirmed by the Croatian Society for Bird and Nature Protection and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park employees.

pplp

 

International Day for Biological Diversity
(22-5-2019)

pplp

The International Day of Biodiversity was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993 to highlight the great role that biodiversity has in sustainable development.

It is celebrated every year on 22 May as a memorial on 22 May 1992, the date of adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Republic of Croatia has joined the world in efforts to preserve biodiversity and the promotion of nature protection, and the Croatian Parliament, by adopting the Nature Protection Act, has designated the Day of Nature Protection in Croatia on the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22.

Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution on the occasion of the International Day of Biodiversity will hold a lecture about biodiversity, invasive species and present Sava TIES project (Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational management of Invasive Alien Species) in the Kutina Technical School.

>> Poster Sava TIES project

pplp

 

The various Aspects of Amorpha
(17-04-2019)

Lonjsko polje

Amorpha fruticosa is one of the fifteen species of the genus Amorpha.They all are growing in North America and belong to the family of the Pea Plants (lat. Papilionaceae). The name „Amorpha“ means „shapeless“ because all Amorpha species have flowers with only one petal instead of five like most of the other Pea Plants. This petal corresponds to the „standard“ or engl. „flag“ and is deeply purple coloured, wich produces a vivid contrast with the bright yellow polen sacs when the plant is in full bloom. This has been the reason to introduce Amorpha fruticosa in the beginning of the 18th century (about 1724) as a garden shrub to Europe.

The American Indians have used the twigs of Amorpha as bedding and the European settlers tried it like Indigo – an Old World genus of Pea Plants – as a possible source of a blue dye. Seemingly the result was not convinding – hence they named the bush „Bastard Indigo“.

For more than 200 years the plant has been sold and used to decorate gardens. But in the first half of the twentieth century railway engineers began to plant it on the banks of dams to be constructed in swampy areas. This was also practiced near Novska, where the railway to Bosnia crosses Veliki Strug, Sava and Una, the surroundings of which are known for their heavy and irregularely occuring inundations. The plan had been to fix the loose soils of the new railway dams, but exactly here Amorpha fruticosa showed its extreme invasive capacity.

Very quickly the tiny pods (fruits) with the small seeds inside and produced in abundance found their way to other places with disturbed soil-profiles and full insolation. Along new roads and forest tracks Amorpha began to form hedge-like thickets and from there it „jumped“ into areas where modern forestry had large forest-felled blocks. Long before the natural Slavonian Oakforest could regrow, Amorpha covered the clearings and made it extremely difficult and expensive to regenerate the famous forests of Holm-Oak and Hornbeam.

A further impulse for the Amorpha-invasion became the implementation of land-mines in large tracks of former grazing-land during the war 1991 to 1995. The areas most affected was the Poganovo Polje near Mlaka where Amorpha even today is still covering many hectares as a uniform thicket up to four meters high.

But suddenly Amorpha showed an unexpected new side - it became a source of a very aromatic honey which sells extremely well! Since more than 10 years now big trucks with more than 100 bee-hives each are beeing brought to the Amorpha-thickets in the whole area of  Lonjsko Polje, Mokro Polje and Sunjsko Polje in late spring and early summer. Together with mint (lat.: Mentha pulegium) – honey and the tasty white wine Škrlet from Potok it is now part of the culinary specialities of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

Another positive point for Amorpha is its benefit for certain species of birds: So, the Turtle Dove (lat.: Streptopelia turtur) and the Red Shrike (lat.: Lanius collurio) can be found in nearly every thicket of Amorpha fruticosa. So, the balance between good and bad, dangerous or beneficial properties of this invasive American immigrant is not easily defined.

Author: Prof. dr. Hartmut Ern

News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

Cross-sectoral Stakeholder Committee Meeting in Lonjsko polje Nature Park
(16-04-2019)

Lonjsko polje

Cross-sectoral Stakeholder Committee Meeting was held in the presentation hall of the Repušnica Visitor Center on Tuesday, 16/04/2019.

The Meeting was attended by the stakeholder representatives from the sector of forestry, water management, agriculture, tourism, fishing and representatives of the local government of cities and municipalities that have territorially administration in the Lonjsko polje Nature Park as well.

The aim of the Meeting was to introduce the stakeholders with the Sava TIES project and to provide an overview of the activities carried out in the cooperation with land-users in the past period of 2015 to2018 - protection of target species and habitats, agriculture, water management, forestry, hunting, fishing and the visitor system in Lonjsko polje Nature Park.

>> Sava TIES (pdf)
>> Activities (pdf)
>> Hunting and fishing (pdf)
>> Visitor system (pdf)

Lonjsko polje

 

Common pastures in the area of Lonjsko polje Nature Park
(10-04-2019)

Lonjsko polje

On Wednesday, April 4th 2019 in the Repušnica Visitor Centre a meeting was held on the topic: "Managing Common Pastures in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park".
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, representatives of the local communities of Sisak, Popovaca, Kutina, Novska, Jasenovac and Velika Ludina, representatives of the common pastures of Gračansko polje, Repušnica polje, Osekovo polje, Ostrovsko polje, Poganovo polje, Mokro polje and Lonjsko polje and representatives of Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution.

The purpose of the meeting was to define concrete proposals for the process of establishing a new national Rule on the manner and conditions for submitting a public tender application and the criteria for the lease of common pastures owned by the Republic of Croatia. Additionally, the priorities for removal of invasive species of Amorpha fruticosa on the overgrown grasslands habitat have been discussed.        

After reviewing the current activities of Lonjsko polje Nature Park Public Institution regarding common pastures owned by the Republic of Croatia and reviewing the area for lease of common pastures in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park based on the Program of Disposal of State Agricultural Land of the local governances, a discussion was held and conclusions were made.

>> Common pastures in the area of Lonjsko polje Nature Park (pdf)

Lonjsko polje

 

 

SAVA TIES - INVASIVE SPECIES ARE ENDANGERING THE VALUABLE AREA OF TIŠINA
(28-03-2019)

Lonjsko polje

It is necessary to take immediate steps to address the problem of the presence of invasive alien plant species in the area of the Tišina, one of the last wetlands of this type in the continental region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was declared as natural rarity in 1985. The conclusion is a result of the field visits to this area organized by the Center for Environment.
“Field visits were organized as part of the project “Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species (Sava TIES)” to determine the presence of invasive plant species, one of the major threats to ecosystems today. One of the visits was joined by experts from Serbia and Hungary with whom was concluded that the presence of controversial species is evident and that steps need to be taken to solve this problem,” said Iva Miljevic from the Center for Environment.
Due to the presence of numerous habitat types and species that are endangered at European level and protected by international conventions, the area of the Tisina, located directly along the Sava River, is proposed as a potential Natura 2000 site. Although the area of the proposed protected area is located at the territory of both entities, the legal procedure for the protecion is officially initiated only by Republic of Srpska. In the past few years, the Study for the designation of a protected area has been intensively worked on and the proposed category is that of protected habitat.
Invasive alien species are becoming an increasing ecological, but also an economic problem in the world. They adversely affect biodiversity, human health and/or cause economic damage. By their presence, natural balance of existing natural ecosystems is disturbed, which is why autochthonous, domestic species are often at risk of extinction.
“In Bosnia and Herzegovina, little or no attention is given to the problem of invasive alien species, so the impact of these species on autochthonous species and ecosystems is not well known. With an exceptionally low level of public awareness of this problem, there is still no strategy to combat them in BiH, ” explains Iva Miljevic. For this reason, Center for Environment will work in the future on research and map the plant communities that inhabit the area of the Tisina.
“Through this research, we want to obtain detailed information on the vegetation of this area as well as the presence of invasive alien species and their distribution. In the continuation of the project we will deal with their eradication, as well as provide recommendations for further management. These activities, as well as adequate monitoring, will provide insight into this problem at site and establish practices that will ensure the survival of these valuable ecosystems in the future, while the negative impact of invasive alien species is minimized,” was stated from the Center for Environment.
The existence of a large number of protected areas along the Sava River tells a lot about its natural resources, richness of its coastal and floodplain area. Even 64% of the flow is protected by different protection categories which classifies it as hotspots of European biodiversity.
News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur


 

SAVA TIES - 1ST REGIONAL WORKSHOP AND 3RD STEERING COMMITTEE HELD IN SREMSKA MITROVICA
(19-03-2019)

Lonjsko polje

Members of Sava Parks Network gathered on 12 March 2019 in The Special Nature Reserve of Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica) for the regional workshop within the framework of Sava TIES project. Workshop goal was to find an efficient solution for permanent removal and eradication of invasive alien plant species, which not only present a nature protection problem, but also have a negative effect on human health and cause severe economic losses.
On behalf of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River Momir Paunović, from the Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", emphasised the problem of invasive species and commended the Sava TIES project initiative and its efforts to solve this problem in the Sava River basin. He presented the mobile application which enables citizens to contribute to the fight against invasive species, by sharing information on 37 invasive species of European significance.
As emphasised by Slobodan Simić, the Director of Special Nature Reserve of Zasavica “Invasive species negatively impact protected nature areas as they suppress and endanger natural domestic vegetation and thus reduce biodiversity. One of Special Nature Reserve of Zasavica’s problems is an invasive alien species “Common milkweed”, which will be removed from the 30 ha surface of the reserve during this project”.
Invasive alien species are plants, animals and other organisms that are non-native to an eco-system, but are primarily human-induced. They are spreading uncontrollably in the River Sava basin, eliminating domestic species, having the negative effect on other native species, destroying soil fertility and reducing the area of arable land, causing major problems in flood control and much more. In short – they change important European natural habitats and are very difficult to eradicate. It is estimated that the damage IASs have on the global economy amounts to USD 1,4 billion, or 5% value of global economy. 
Project „Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species – Sava TIES“ is co-funded through ERDF and IPA funds of the European Union, and it will be implemented during three years in four countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Project partners are EuroNatur Foundation, Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution, Public Institution Green Ring, Public Company National Park “Una” LLC Bihać, Environmental Centre, Institute for Nature Conservation of Voivodina Province, Mountaineers association Sremska Mitrovica and Public Company Vojvodinašume. SAVA Ties project value is eur 1.604.137!

News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

SAVA TIES - A NEW BIRD SPECIES FOR CROATIA – THE AFRICAN SACRED IBIS
(26-03-2019)

Lonjsko polje

INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES OF UNION CONCERN

At the beginning of February 2019 for the first time in Croatia the African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) was recorded in the area of Samobor in Celine Samoborske. It is easily recognized, due to its size, dark head, thick and downward curved beak and black legs. Its natural habitat is in sub-Saharan Africa and Iraq and it was formerly found in Egypt, where it was considered a sacred bird. It is a very social bird that forms colonies and can live in communities that comprise 200 birds and more. In its natural habitat, its diet consists of mainly insects, crustaceans, molluscs, fish, frogs and small mammals. It is not picky about its diet and therefore easily adapts to new habitats.
It has not been known in Europe until mid-20th century and has begun to establish colonies only recently. Birds kept in captivity broke free, escaped into wilderness and started breeding independently. According to available data, it has been seen in Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain. It can present a threat for native species as it feeds on eggs of other birds (e.g. eggs of heron and tern); is competitive and displaces other species; and can even feed on small water birds. Due to all these characteristics it was added to the list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union list).
News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

SAVA TIES - 3RD STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE SAVA TIES
(13th and 14th March 2019)

Lonjsko polje

The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the Sava TIES project will be held on 13th and 14th March 2019 in SRP Zasavica – Visitor Center, Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia hosted by the Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica. During the meeting, the Project Partners will discuss the most up-to-date version of the Mapping and monitoring protocol for invasive alien species, the final version of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, share their comments and remarks, and get useful tips for organizing Local Stakeholder Workshops in their countries.

News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution 
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

DANUBE FLOODPLAIN
(25th February 2019)

Lonjsko polje

On 25th February 2019, Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution participated on the Initial Meeting and the 1st Danube Floodplain Danube Project Meeting of the Danube Transnational Programme held in Zagreb.
The Danube Floodplain project aims to reduce the flood risk through floodplain restoration along the Danube River and tributaries.
In addition to getting acquainted with the project itself, its goals and the expected results, the purpose of this meeting was to invite stakeholders to actively engage with their knowledge and experience to contribute to the project's success.

 

Meeting with representatives of beekeepers
(08-02-2019)

Lonjsko polje

In the Repušnica Visitor Center on Friday, 08/02/2019, a meeting with stakeholders - the Croatian Beekeeping Association, commissioners of the bee keeping order,  representatives „Croatian Forests“ and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution was held. The aim of the meeting was to inform the stakeholders  on the possibilities of using pasture from Amorphe fruticosa in the next period.
The beekeepers pointed out that the amorpha is an extremely good species for honey production and makes an important part of the bee pastures in the Park area. They are not satisfied with the projects of removing invasive plant of amorpha from area due to the reduction of bee pasture. The Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution clarified that after the removal of the invasive type of plants surface enters a meadow or pasture culture, which have the potential for producing honey of mentha or meadow plant communities. The purpose of the Institution is to restore meadows without invasive species and the Amorpha will always be available for bee pasture on the forest surfaces up to 10 years after cutting the old forest stands.

 

 

 

SAVA TIES - STAKEHOLDERS SUPPORT THE „SAVA TIES“ PROJECT
(february 2019)

Lonjsko polje

„Sava TIES“ project is implemented by „Una“ National park in cooperation with 8 other  partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Germany who pointed their willingnes to fight expansion of alien speces, as well as promotion of the project, education and rising of the public awareness on invasive alien speces.

Meetings were held with:

Biotech Faculty Bihać
Agricultural Institute of Una-Sana canton
Assotiation of the sports fishermen „Una“ from Bihać
Fly fishing club „Una Fly“ from Bihać
Primary school „Kulen Vakuf-Orašac“

Actuated by project activities with Biotech Faculty Bihać, we have signed cooperation agreement with them. This agreement is already being implemented. Next signing of the cooperation agreement is with Agricultural Institute of Una-Sana canton. Beside „Sava TIES“ project activities this agreement will contain activities related to protection, conservation, research of the nature and other values in „Una“ National park.

News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution 
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

Lonjsko polje

 

SAVA TIES - WORLD WETLANDS DAY 2019- FUTURE ON THE WETLAND BORDER
(February 1, 2019)

Lonjsko polje

The Sava TIES project was presented at two awareness raising events organized in occasion of celebrating World Wetlands Day. One event was organized on February 1, 2019 in Šabac (Serbia) by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province and IUCN - Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with the support of the City of Šabac, the Center for Professional Development of Šabac and Primary School "Stojan Novakovic" from Šabac. SavaTIES project and the achievements of SavaParks network was presented by Alen Kis, expert for forest protection from the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province. On this occasion, he pointed out that spreading of invasive species can lead to serious consequences to the wetlands.

The other event was organized on February 2, 2019 in Village of Stružec (Croatia) - the village on the edge of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park by the Branch of Matrix Croatica Kutina and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution. The sponsor of the event was the City of Popovaca, and manifestation was supported by the Sisak Moslavina County and the Tourist Board of the Popovača Municipality. In the frame of the program, a round table was held "From Stružec 2002 to Stružec 2019" with a series of lectures and video projections. Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution presented the objectives and main activities of the Sava TIES project, which purpose is preserving wet habitats in protected areas from the source to the mouth of the Sava River through the effective management of invasive species. Within the project presentation, the emphasis was also on promoting of the traditional land use practices in protected areas, particularly in the strengthening of traditional agriculture such as ecological agriculture and extensive pasturing, production of traditional products and development of sustainable tourism. For this occasion, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution had prepared the educational leaflets of the Sava TIES project which were available to the visitors.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.  This year's Ramsar Convention message "Wetlands and climate changes" on behalf of the Republic of Croatia for the Ramsar Convention was sent by Marijana Kapa, Senior Expert Advisor at the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

News in national languages:

Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution 
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

SAVA TIES - PROJECT "SAVA PARKS II - FREEDOM FOR SAVA" KICK-OFF EVENT
(19th to 21st of February 2019)

pplp

The SavaParks network members met from the 19th to 21st of February in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. The meeting was attended by Sava TIES project partners and other SavaParks members. A new SavaParks project Sava Parks II - Freedom for Sava was presented. The SavaParks network is a network of protected areas along the Sava Rivers and includes 23 organizations dealing with nature protection in the four countries of the Sava River Basin.

The aim of the three year project is to strengthen the SavaParks network and to foster the restoration of the Sava River and its floodplains. In some parts, the river has been altered by human activities and returning to natural state would mean the return of valuable habitats and better flood protection, as well as a lower risk of loss of drinking water sources. The Sava River is extremely valuable for all the riparian countries and it is well preserved in relation to the rivers of Western Europe. Water reservoirs of large cities along the Sava River depend on the quantity and quality of water that the Sava River delivers. Thanks to good preservation, in the river and along the Sava River we find many rare and endangered species and habitats. Along the Sava, there are spacious fertility areas for food and large flooded oak forests, which are unique at the European level.

The Sava TIES project was presented to the participants and the synergies between the SavaParks II project and the Sava TIES project were discussed. The participants actively took part in workshop to work on a joint vision for the SavaParks network.

The meeting concluded with a visit of two protected areas in Brodsko-Posavska County in the floodplains of the Sava River. First they visited the Ornithological Reserve Bar Dvorin and the important landscape of Gajno as examples of good practices and preserved habitats. The second stop was at the pastoral community of the Eko-Gajna Defense Cooperative, who showed the importance of traditional cattle breeding in maintaining naturally valuable habitats.

News in national languages:
Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution 
Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park 
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"
Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“
Germany - EuroNatur

 

SAVA TIES - THE FIRST SAVA TIES REGIONAL WORKSHOP
(12th of March 2019)

pplp

Photo: Boris Krstinić

Save the date! The First  Sava TIES Regional Workshop will be held on the 12th of March 2019 in Sremska Mitrovica, Special nature Reserve Zasavica, Serbia.

The purpose of the first Regional Workshop is to gather stakeholders from the Sava River Basin to discuss the role of different sectors in long term management of invasive alien species. In addition, cross-sectoral cooperation for the sake of harmonised protected areas management will be addressed during the event. The first Regional Workshop will be the first step towards the development of a SavaParks Network Roadmap which aims on securing the sustainability of the SavaTIES project results as well as on a long term operation of the SavaParks Network.

Please register for the Regional Workshop via this link until the 1st  of March.

In case of any question please feel free to contact workshop`s organiser Pokret gorana Sremske Mitrovice via e-mail zasavica@zasavica.org.rs.

News in national languages:

>> Sava TIES - promotivni dizajn (pdf)

 

 

Future on the Wetland Border
(02-02-2019)

On Saturday, February 02, 2019, the Village of Stružec - village on the edge of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park hosted the event "Future on the Wetland Border", organized jointly by the Branch of Matrix Croatica Kutina and Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution. The sponsor of event was the City of Popovaca, and manifestation was supported by the Sisak Moslavina County and the Tourist Board of the Popovača Municipality.

In the frame of the program, a round table was held "From Stružec 2002 to Stružec 2019" with a series of lectures and video projections. Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution presented the objectives and main activities of the Sava TIES project, which purpose is preserving wet habitats in protected areas from the source to the mouth of the Sava River through the effective management of invasive species. Within the project presentation, the emphasis was also on promoting of the traditional land use practices in protected areas, particularly in the strengthening of traditional agriculture such as ecological agriculture and extensive pasturing, production of traditional products and development of sustainable tourism. For this ocassion, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution had prepared the educational leaflets of the Sava TIES project which were available to the visitors.
This year's Ramsar Convention message "Wetlands and climate changes" on behalf of the Republic of Croatia for the Ramsar Convention was sent by Marijana Kapa, ​​Senior Expert Advisor at the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

 

SAVA TIES - PILOT ACTIVITIES PLANNING

pplp

Considering the fact that invasive alien species (hereinafter: IAS) are among the two biggest global threats to biodiversity, posing as a huge ecological, economical and health threat, a special attention within DTP Sava TIES project is being paid to the management options of the most invasive plants in Sava River basin. 

In accordance to DTP Sava TIES work plan, effectiveness and costs of different methods in IAS eradication are to be tested on the most invasive vascular plants in the region. Project consortium has defined 7 pilot areas in 4 countries to be test-plots for the eradication. The sample plots are located in areas of conservation interest being threatened: Nature Park Ljubljansko Barje (Slovenia), Protected Landscape Odransko polje (Croatia), Nature Park Lonjsko Polje (Croatia), National Park Una (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tišina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Special Nature Reserve Zasavica (Serbia) and Special Nature Reserve Obedska Bara (Serbia).

In period from 14 to18 September leading partner of the project work package 5 Pilot Implementation - Institute for nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province (Serbia), together with the sites’ managers visited all 7 sites to develop Pilot Implementation Plans.
Having essential local knowledge of species which are posing the biggest ecological and economic threat, site managers have proposed at least two sample plots with invasive plants which are going to be mapped and eradicated, while habitat revitalisation will be monitored for two years. Both biophysical and economical parameters are going to be monitored for evaluation of the pilot measures’ effectivness. 

For the purpose of comparative reporting results on costs and biophysical effectiveness of the pilot measures, a Template for Pilot implementation planning was developed. Following the scheme, tools, equipment, staff, labour and efficiency indicators will provide information useful for further larger scale IAS management activities in SRB.

Results which are going to be presented in the Joint implementation report will be used as input for policy improvement guidelines, stakeholder trainings and presented to key decision makers.

pplp

 

SAVA TIES - PRESENTATION AT EXTERNAL EVENT
(18-01-2019)

The Sava TIES project was presented in Novi Sad at the Seminar on Invasive Species of Serbia. In the period from 2nd to 4th November 2018, a large number of lecturers and participants from the countries of the region gathered to present, learn and discuss the issues on invasive species, current situation and activities.
The seminar was organized by Scientific Research Society of Biology and Ecology Students “Josif Pančić“ from Novi Sad and gathered over a hundred participants. The Sava TIES project was presented by Iva Miljević (CZZS) and Sara Mihajlović (INCVP).

News in national languages:

Croatia - Green Ring or Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution

Slovenia - Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Center for Environment or Public Company National Park "Una"

Serbia - Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province or Nature Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica or Public Enterprise „Vojvodinašume“

Germany - EuroNatur

 

>> SAVA TIES - PRESENTATION AT EXTERNAL EVENT (pdf)

 

generated with ISM

 



>> Project objective

>> Work Package/activity