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The Sava River – The Ruler of Lonjsko Polje

From being a rapid mountain stream, the Sava, as it enters the Pannonian Lowlands, becomes a river of the plains.  For many a long year the river and its dynamics have changed the appearance of banks and landscape, created the raised banks or ridges, oxbows and inundated lowlands that form the image of the typical flood-plain landscape of the lowland rivers.  In Lonjsko Polje, people have learned for years to live with the river, and by adjusting to the floods, have created a harmony of natural and cultural landscape elements. They have acknowledged the water as ruler, relying on the wise old saying that reveals the secret of successful life in an area subjected to flooding – Live with the water, not against it.