#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 . Visit beautiful Sava River; take photos, publish them… and don't forget to use #SavaTIES!
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Future on the Wetland Border
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 - PRESENTATION AT EXTERNAL EVENT
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