15. pro 2014.

Regionalni park Germia - Izazovi za održivi park

Rasprava o budućnosti Germie
Organizacija za zaštitu okoliša "New Millennium" pozvala je zainteresirane dionike na raspravu o budućnosti razvoja jednog od naših najvećih javnih parkova, s temom "Germia:  Izazovi za održivi park".  Okruglom stolu prisustvovalo je Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i prostornog uređenja, Ministarstvo poljoprivrede, šumarstva i ruralnog razvoja, Općina Prištinina, Agencija za šumarstvo Kosova, Zavod za zaštitu prirode Kosova, regionalni centar za zaštitu okoliša, nevladine organizacije za zaštitu okoliša i mediji.

Sudionici su raspravljali o izazovima s kojima se park Germia suočava: problem održavanja parka, ilegalna sječa šuma, potreba zabrane kretanja vozila unutar parka itd. Park Germia smatra se "plućima" grada Prištine. Ulaganja tijekom prethodnih godina u održavanje parka, puteve i staze, rasvjetu i ostalu infrastrukturu, imala su velik uspjeh u poboljšanju ukupnog stanja parka.

Tijekom sastanka došlo je i do rasprave o većoj predanosti upravljanju parkom, ne samo u rekreativnom dijelu, već i na dijelovima parka prekirivenim šumom. Mogućnost proširenja zaštićenog područja, razvoj znanstvenih istraživanja i potreba osmišljavanjem posebnog programa za razvoj parka, također su bili spomenuti tijekom sastanka. Zabrana ulaza vozila unutar parka i izgradnja biciklističkih staza neki su od najvažnijih zahtjeva interesnih skupina koje su sudjelovale na ovom okruglom stolu.

Qenan Maxhuni, nacionalni koordinator za DAP projekt i Afrim Berishe, Odjela za izvještavanje o okolišu / Kepa


14. pro 2014.

Proslava 65. obljetnice Nacionalnog Parka Paklenica

Pogled na Sveto Brdo (c) Šime Sorić
Zbog svoje jedinstvene prirodne osnove, izuzetnih geomorfoloških oblika i veličanstvenih šuma, prostor Velike i Male Paklenice je 19.10.1949. g. proglašen nacionalnim parkom. Osnovni razlog proglašenja ovog prostora nacionalnim parkom bila je zaštita najočuvanijeg i najvećeg šumskog kompleksa na području Dalmacije, kojemu je prijetila opasnost od prekomjernog iskorištavanja.

Središnja proslava povodom 65. obljetnice Nacionalnog parka Paklenica održana je 17.10. u hotelu Alan u Starigradu - Paklenici, na kojoj je prisustvovalo preko 120 uzvanika.

Proslava je obilježena predstavljanjem „Geološkog vodiča kroz NP Paklenicu“ čiji su autori dr.sc. Ivo Velić, prof.dr.sc. Josipa Velić, prof.dr.sc. Igor Vlahović, dr.sc. Marko Cvetković, a uz njih vodič je predstavio i prof.dr.sc. Ivan Dragičević. Vodič je rezultat višegodišnjih terenskih i laboratorijskih istraživanja cijelog tima geologa pod vodstvom dr.sc. Ive Velića, a u njemu je s geološkog stajališta obrađena većina planinarskih staza u NP Paklenici. Uz vodič je izrađena i geološka karta u mjerilu 1:50 000.

Voditelj programa kartografije Hrvatske gorske službe spašavanja Rudolph Schwabe predstavio je turističko-planinarski zemljovid NP Paklenica koji je izrađen u partnerskoj suradnji između HGSS-a i NP Paklenica u cilju povećanja sigurnosti posjetitelja.

Stručni voditelj NP Paklenica dr.sc. Gordan Lukač predstavio je 2. broj časopisa „Paklina“. Riječ je o časopisu JU NP Paklenica koji izlazi jednom godišnje, a namijenjen je posjetiteljima Parka i lokalnom stanovništvu. Cilj ovog časopisa je kontinuirano informiranje o aktivnostima i radu Ustanove, ali i o ostalim zanimljivostima vezanim za NP Paklenicu.

U listopadu 2014. potpisan je sporazum o suradnji između NP Paklenica i NP Una iz BiH, tim povodom NP Unu je na proslavi zanimljivom prezentacijom predstavio ravnatelj Amarildo Mulić.

Natalija Andačić, NP Paklenica

EUROPARC Consulting catches up with the Dinaric Arc Parks

Wilf and Richard during the 3rd Dinaric Arc Parks conference
The third Dinaric Arc Parks Conference took place from 7th – 9th October 2014 in Brijuni National Park, Croatia. EUROPARC Consulting was represented by Chairman, Richard Partington and Managing Director, Wilf Fenten. So far, EUROPARC Consulting has taken part in the conference every year providing expertise through workshops or keynote speeches. “Many of those who come have become good friends”, said Wilf Fenten after this year’s conference. “Everyone is so open and willing to share views, knowledge and experience. It is a brilliant learning opportunity.” This year’s EUROPARC Consulting workshop was particularly well subscribed with between 50 and 60 people taking part in the interactive, lively event discussing a wide range of subjects on sustainable tourism.

With five protected areas already being awarded the Charter this year and several others looking to applying in the coming year this year has been a busy Charter year for the Dinaric Arc Region. Charter verifier Marja van Loef spent a wonderful few days in the area in June and was kept busy verifying Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve (GPSNR) and Fruska Gora National Park. She was particularly “pleased and impressed by the enthusiasm and motivation of everybody and bowled over by the warm hospitality” during her visit.

The interest in EUROPARC from the region and their involvement in the Charter means that strong links have been forged between the work of the Federation and that of the over 80 protected areas in the Dinarides. EUROPARC Consulting is thrilled to be part of this and delighted to have contributed to such an inspiring project with such great people. “We look forward to following the sustainable tourism developments in the Region over the next few years and to maintaining close ties to all our colleagues there”, says Wilf.

This is an extract from a longer article on the event and the verification of both parks available on the EUROPARC Consulting website.

Morwenna Severon, Europarc Consulting

Studijsko putovanje Parkova Dinarida po Srbiji i Bosni i Hercegovini

Četvrto studijsko putovanje koje je organizirao WWF unutar projekta Parkovi Dinarskog luka održano je početkom septembra a započelo je okupljanjem sudionika u Nacionalnom parku Tara u Srbiji. Nakon upoznavanja sa slovenskim zaštićenim područjima prije dvije godine, te lanjskim obilaskom makedonskih, kosovarskih te crnogorskih parkova, uz srpske parkove sudionici putovanja upoznali su i teritorij budućeg NP Drina u Republici Srpskoj, te sarajevskih zaštićenih područja Vrelo Bosne i Bijambare.

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Božanstven kanjon Drine i mistična Perućica

Završetak putovanja uz zaštićena područja Sarajevskog kantona

Pet parkova u regiji dobitnici Europskog certifikata za održivi turizam!

Dodjela certifikata u Brusselsu
Direktori Nacionalnog parka Una (BiH), parkova prirode Lonjsko polje i Medvednica (Hrvatska) te Nacionalnog parka Fruška gora i Specijalnog rezervata prirode Gornje Podunavlje (Srbija), primili su u četvrtak, 11. decembra, u Europskom parlamentu u Brusselsu u Belgiji priznanje s kojim će u Novu 2015. zakoračiti kao prvi parkovi u regiji koji imaju prestižno priznanje – Europski certifikat za održivi turizam.

Proces pripreme parkova za ovo priznanje počeo je još prije dvije godine kada su se putem WWF-ovog projekta „Parkovi Dinarskog luka“ učlanili u Europarc Federaciju. Parkovi su osnovali forume interesnih skupina s kojima su se sastali više puta te usuglasili strategije o održivom turizmu, kojih je dio i promotivna te komunikacijska strategija. Nakon što su u februaru ove godine predali nominacije, njihove je strategije pregledao tim verifikatora, koji su ih kasnije i posjetili te pričali s dionicima, upoznali su se s načinom poslovanja parkova i njihovom ponudom.

Glavni cilj certifikata za održivi turizam je povećati kvalitetu usluga u turizmu s ciljem zaštite prirode u parku. Održivi turizam zadovoljava potrebe sadašnjih turista i domaćina a štiti i poboljšava prilike za budućnost. To je način upravljanja svim resursima tako da su ekonomske, socijalne i estetske potrebe turista zadovoljene, a istovremeno zadržan kulturni identitet, bitni ekološki procesi i biološka raznolikost.

WWF će nastojati ubuduće podržati ove parkove da provedu sve aktivnosti planirane kroz strategiju o održivom turizmu, te ih poticati da budu još bolji no što jesu. Certifikat su dobili na razdoblje od pet godina, nakon čega će se ponovno provesti verifikacija.

Među parkovima, članovima asocijacije „Parkovi Dinaridi- mreža zaštićenih područja Dinarida“, još je nekoliko parkova koji žele predati svoje nominacije za ovaj certifikat, a predvode ih Nacionalni park Kornati iz Hrvatske, te Nacionalni park Biogradska gora iz Crne Gore.

Petra Boić Petrač, WWF

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NP Una 

PP Medvednica

PP Lonjsko polje

NP Fruška gora

SRP Gornje podunavlje 

Parks Dinarides study tour through protected areas of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The fourth study tour organized by WWF within the Dinaric Arc Parks project started at the beginning of September 2014 by gathering in Tara National Park in Serbia. After familiarizing with Slovenian protected areas two years ago and visits to Macedonian, Kosovari and Montenegrin parks last year, 20 participants of the study tour got familiar with Serbian parks, the territory of future Drina National Park in the Republic of Srpska and the protected areas of Sarajevo area – the Bosnia Well and Bijambara.
Go through our journey by clicking on the posts describing our adventours!

4th Parks Dinarides study tour began in Tara National Park and Mokra Gora Nature Park

4th Parks Dinarides study tour began in Tara National Park and Mokra Gora Nature Park

Presentation of Tara National park in the visitor centre
The fourth study tour organized by WWF within the Dinaric Arc Parks project started on September 3, 2014 by gathering in Tara National Park in Serbia. After familiarizing with Slovenian protected areas two years ago and visits to Macedonian, Kosovari and Montenegrin parks last year, this week participants of the journey will get to know Serbian parks, the territory of future Drina National Park in the Republic of Srpska and the protected areas of Sarajevo area – the Bosnia Well and Bijambara.

We are the bystanders of bad weather conditions, rain and lower temperatures which we have affronted the entire summer. The weather has not fondled us even in this study journey that had to take part in May. Then we were hindered by natural disasters, floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and the journey was canceled due to weather conditions, but now we have not let the bad weather to hold us down. Even the strong rainshower did not avert us in the walk through Tara National Park.

The Pančić spruce and grasshopper – symbols of Tara National Park
Although there was no view due to dense fog, our team enjoyed the gazebo in Tara National park 

The Park is situated on the half way between Beograd and Sarajevo – 180 kilometers from each side. First we got familiar with the Park through the presentation of Mirjana Josipović from Tara National Park. She said that fog and humidity were characteristic for the Park that had been declared national park in 1981. The Park of the entire area of 19.175 hA is situated amid Tara and Zvezda Mountains that are divided by the River Tara. The entire Park is located in one municipality – Bajina Bašta (translation: Baja's Garden). The Drina Canyon is considered to be the most attractive part of the Park, although there are also two beautiful lakes: Peručac and Zaovina. The highest peak of the Park is 1975 m tall, the lowest peak is 275 m tall and the most significant characteristic of the Park is one of 76 endemic species on the territory: Pančić's spruce in which most of the tales we heard from the representatives of the Park, Marijana Josipović and Milica Tomić, are based upon.
If this death cap (Amanita phalloides) had been eaten, we would not have continued our journey
Pančić's grasshopper (the symbol of the Park), bear and chamois are set off among numerous endangered species. From the total of 70 bears located in Serbia, 50 of them have been seen in Tara National Park.

Considering natural and cultural heritage, Tara and Mokra Gora are nominated for the crossborder nature reserve of the Drina biosphere and monumental medieval tombstone called 'stećak' in Serbian is nominated for the UNESCO Heritage. The Park has five educational trails, five gazebos, three bicycle trails and a paragliding takeoff path. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to see any of it due to thick fog and rain that followed us during the entire visit. Luckily, we started our journey early enough and the first gazebo took away the breath of the twenty participants of this trip.
A view worth of admiration


People who work in the Park are proud of the project of monitoring of the brown bear, famous Ogi that we have already mentioned in some of the previous posts on this blog. Along with monitoring of Ogi, monitoring of birds and bats also takes place in the Park. Out of 30 species, 25 species can be found in Tara National Park. One of them is a completely new, recently discovered specie. Milica and Marijana proudly announce the construction of botanical garden that has already started and talk about the Forestry Museum, the first museum of that type in Serbia. It's no wonder that such museum is under construction in Tara National Park in which the authorities of the Park, the Public Institution of Tara National Park that count 203 employees, manage forests in the Park area. 90% of the income is achieved by the Park itself. Forestry is the basis of the Park income and that is why there is only one biolog among the Park staff. The Park is specific because of its complete count, i.e. detailed tree count that is conducted each ten years. Such measurements have been conducted in the park area four times in the entire Park area.

The payment of private persons is accentuated as the biggest problem in the Park. Employees of the Park claim that the payment of companies is not such a problem because they manage to charge everything that belongs to them and settle all the debts after lawsuits. However, the procedure with owners and guests of vacation homes is quite more difficult... In the end, payments cover barely 10% of the entire income.

Payment of the entrance to Mokra Gora

After a delicious lunch and a pleasant hangout with the employees of Tara National Park, we headed towards Mokra Gora Nature Park. After rich forests of Tara that overawe and astonish you at the same time, Mokra Gora is a bit different surrounding. It is situated in the southeastern part of the Tara Mountain and in the northwestern part of Zlatibor. Šargan, the Mokra Gora and Kremen basin. Among the plentitude of cliffs and canyons, there is the highest peak of the mountain settled in the altitude of 1544 meters – Zborište.
The director of Šargan-Mokra Gora Nature Park with her colleagues


The limited company Mokra Gora Nature Park manages the Park that has 42 employees among which there are 22 rangers. Unlike Tara, in Mokra Gora the company does not manage forests (which are partly private and partly managed by the State Enterprise for Forest Management 'Srbijašume'). The company also does not manage hunting grounds and it is considered one of the biggest problems among with the aspiration of many investors for nickel excavating. However, there is one thing in which this Park is number one in Serbia – it is the only park that charges vehicles that pass through the Park. Although the sum is just a euro per personal vehicle i.e. seven euros for larger vehicles, that amount of money covers 40% of the total income. The director of the Park has accentuated that this money is essential for the path and road maintenance and with its aid the waste from the entire Park area is collected without any fee for inhabitants of the Park who also have free tap water.

There are 800 plant species in the Park, among which 78 endemic species. Trout, golden eagle, bear, lynx and chamois are among the species that are often seen in the Park area whose surface is 10.813 hectares. Mokra Gora has been declared protected area in 2005.
Medical water of Bele Vode


After presentation of Lidija Amidžić, the director of the Park, who replaced the famous director Emir Kusturica in that position two years ago, we headed towards Bele Vode ('white waters' in Serbian). The Park has only three rivers, but those waters have high level of alkali whose pH value exceeds 11 and as such they are used for the mitigation of maladies, especially skin and eye illnesses. Nobody of the participants of this study journey, representatives of Parks from Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia, avoided washing in white water.

On the way to our overnight stay we roam the Šargan Eight, the railway of museum and tourist importance which gives us the feeling that we are not on the Balkans. We find out that its incrediby arranged railway stations are common stops of numerous tourists.

We accomodate in Drvengrad, the tourist complex of ethnological and cultural value in Mećavnik. Emir Kusturica filmed his movie ''Life Is Beautiful'' here and in that occasion he created an entire city out of the infrastructure used for the movie. Actually, life is beautiful and tomorrow is the new day. We head towards Višegrad, roam the Drina River and finish our journey in Sutjeska National Park.

Read more about the next sequence of our journey here.

Text and photos: Petra Boić Petrač, WWF