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10. 12. 2009.
Shared vision for the Sava river
The tremendous importance of the Sava River and its floodplains in supporting the protection of biodiversity was agreed at the international IUCN conference “Towards a Shared Vision for the Sava River

Representatives of the governments of the Sava countries along with national, regional and international organisations generated a key message for the future sustainable management of the Sava River and the protection of its biological and landscape diversity. The representatives underlined the importance the Sava River has for the livelihoods along the River. The recognition of the values of the Sava River floodplains and a shared vision on its future moves the Sava countries closer to the elaboration of the integrated Sava River Basin Management Plan and improved transboundary cooperation.

The Sava basin is one of the most significant reservoirs of biodiversity in the Pannonian part of Europe. It comprises exceptionally important habitats which shelter many globally rare and threatened animal and plant species including the water shamrock, waterwheel, Eurasian spoonbill, and the white-tailed eagle. A rare example of a river with intact floodplains, the Sava encompasses highly valuable cultural landscapes formed by traditional land-use patterns (eg. Lonjsko polje, Odransko polje, Gajna, Bardaca, Zasavica).

“The Sava River hosts abundant biodiversity, but what we have to remember is that conservation of that biodiversity largely depends on supporting traditional forms of land use such as grazing and mowing. These traditional land use practices are also beneficial to local communities by supporting their livelihoods“, said Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe. “This international conference brought together national and international audience concerned for the future of the Sava and sharing an interest in the management of the river and its floodplains for the benefits of nature and local communities.”

The project “Protection of Biodiversity of the Sava River Basin Floodplains”, whose findings were presented at the conference, identified 51 sites in the 4 Sava countries as the core areas for creation of an ecological network in compliance with the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. While Slovenia has designated its Natura 2000 sites, in Croatia the development of Natura 2000 sites is an on-going process. Serbia is currently developing an Emerald Network as a basis for the future ecological network, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a strong intention to designate new protected areas along the Sava River as a basis for the future network. Around 100 participants at the conference representing decision makers, different sectors such as conservation, agriculture, water management, forestry, and civil society agreed that the Sava floodplains represent unique reservoir of biodiversity and landscape features at the regional scale worth to be preserved and managed in an integrated and wise manner.

“The ecological networks are extremely important for enabling easier movement of species and reducing the habitat fragmentation created by human activity, which is one of the key successes to safeguarding species and their distribution”, underlines Lubomira Vavrova, Biodiversity Officer at the IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe.

“One of the key challenges for the Sava River management is to reconcile its economic development with protection and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity. The project was developed to ensure integration of conservation objectives into the management of the Sava River, while the international conference followed the same principle by enabling different sectors (agriculture, water management, forestry, nature conservation, tourism) to have fruitful discussions and develop a shared vision”, said Henk Zingstra, Senior Adviser at Wageningen International.

IUCN was one of the initiators of the project jointly with Wageningen International and Orbicon, which was implemented by key institutions from the Sava River countries - the State Institute for Nature Protection (Croatia), the Center for Ecology and Natural Resources of the Faculty of Science in Sarajevo, the Agricultural Institute of the Republic of Srpska, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, and the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, and supported through the EU LIFE III financial instrument.

For further information
Boris Erg, Director, IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe, +385 11 2272 411,

Lubomira Vavrova, Biodiversity Project Officer, IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe, +385 11 2272 411,

The Sava River flows through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and is the second largest tributary of the Danube. It is recognized by the Council of Europe’s Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy as one of the focal areas of Europe due to its values. The Sava River basin hosts a largest complex of alluvial floodplain wetlands and lowland forests in the whole Danube River basin.

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Wageningen International
The Foundation DLO/ Wageningen International (hereafter Wageningen International) is a non-profit organisation working under the umbrella of the Wageningen University. Wageningen International has a tradition of over 50 years to support capacity building in adaptive management planning of natural resources and sustainable rural development activities across the world.

The main issue of Wageningen International’s involvement in Central and Eastern Europe is to build capacity for the introduction and implementation of EU-legislation in new and future member states in the field of water management, nature protection and sustainable rural development. Wageningen International emphasises regional co-operation with partner organisations from the nature conservation, agriculture and water management sector to develop integrated approaches to the problems in the European countryside.

Old-Growth Forest Along the Sava River, photo: S. Benes


00. 00. 0000.
International Conference for Developing a Shared Vision for Sava River

Zagreb will host an international conference ‘Towards a Shared Vision for the Integrated Management of the Sava River’, on 4-5 November 2009. Organized by IUCN, with endorsement by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, this conference is supported by a broad network of partners: Wageningen International, State Institute for Nature Protection of Croatia, Center for Ecology and Natural Resources of the University of Sarajevo, Agricultural Institute of the Republic of Srpska, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, and Orbicon. All of these institutions were key partners in the implementation of the LIFE III framework project Protection of Biodiversity of the Sava River Basin Floodplains, financially supported by the European Commission, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and LNV.

The goal of the conference is to develop a vision for elaboration of an Action Plan for Sava River Basin management. Key objectives of the conference are to:

- Present findings and share achievements of the Sava LIFE III project.
- Discuss the status and future protection of biodiversity along the Sava River, taking into regards requirements from sectors such as agriculture, navigation, flood protection, tourism.
- Develop a shared vision for the future of the Sava River and its floodplains, as a basis for elaboration of the Sava River Basin’s Management Plan.

The conference will be opened by IUCN, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia as a host institution, and the European Commission. It will gather around 100 delegates from the South-Eastern European region, especially the four Sava countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia), as well as international experts interested in the future of the Sava River and its floodplains.

For details please visit


10. 08. 2009.
Toward the wise use of resources along the Sava River workshop(s)
Lonjsko Polje - Krapje, Croatia, June 9-10, 2009

On 8-9 June 2009 a two-days workshop on traditional land use practices, sustainable eco-tourism and ecosystems' management took place in a beautiful village of Krapje (Croatia), center of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. The workshop, organized in the framework of the Sava project, brought together more than 20 stakeholders, conservationists and decision makers from all the Sava countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia - as well as international experts from the EU.
The workshop was divided into two sessions - plenary session and working groups - and created platform for sharing experiences about management of natural resources in the area. First day was dedicated to traditional land use pactices and marketing and branding local products. Discussion on the second day aimed to analyse existing situation and formulate recommendations for eco-tourism development along the river in the future. To learn more about biodiversity of the area participants visited sites nearby the village and got close to a nesting colony of birds (spoonbills, herons, etc.) and a herd of the autochtonous Podolian grey cattle.
The workshop was very positively received, in particular discussed themes and a room to share experiences from different sites and countries were underlined as the main benefit. Results from joint discussions and working groups will be used to formulate recommendations for sustainable development along the river. It was first event of its kind in the region with participants from all countries the Sava River flows through. And certainly not the last one.
The Sava project management team is especially grateful to the Lonjsko Polje NP managers, namely Goran Gugic and Valerija Hima, for their great support during the peparation of the event as well as on the spot. Our acknowledgement also goes to local stakeholders for their hospitality and support.
For more information about the workshop and project please contact the project coordinator.

List of Participants
Protected areas as sustainable tourism destinations
Supporting Strategy Development for Sustainable Tourism along Sava

Participants of the Lonjsko polje workshop - Photo: Boris Erg/IUCN SEE


10. 08. 2009.
Natura 2000
a comprehensive ecological network of areas designated by the European Union member states

As stated on the website of the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (IRSNC) under “Natura 2000 is a comprehensive ecological network of areas designated by the European Union member states. Wild plants and animals and their habitats that are rare or endangered in Europe require protection. The main objective of the network is to conserve valuable biodiversity for future generations.”

Within the Protection of Biodiversity of the Sava River Basin Floodplains project, 30 experts from the Sava River basin attended a workshop titled “Natura 2000 along the Sava River” that was held on 3 April, in Zagreb, Croatia. Sharing their own rich experience on the subject, experts from the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (IRSNC) held presentations on (1) Natura 2000 in Slovenia: from designation to management (by Andreja Skvarc), (2) Agro-environmental scheme and Natura 2000 (by Mateja Zvikart) and (3) Spatial planning and Natura 2000 (by Tina Klemencic) causing interesting discussion on each of the subjects.


02. 03. 2009.
Feasibility Study and Project Documentation for the Rehabilitation and Development of Transport and Navigation on the Sava River Waterway

Feasibility study and project documentation for the rehabilitation and development of transport and navigation on the Sava River waterway are now available on and downloadable from the official website of the International Sava River Basin Commission (see The main objective of the Study was to recommend the strategy and programs for the development of the Sava River waterway and to provide an appropriate economic and organizational framework for restoring trade and navigation (cargo and passengers) on the Sava River (source: ISRBC).
IUCN archive


26. 01. 2009.
Proslava Svetskog dana vlaznih stanista na Zasavici
Svetski dan vlaznih stanista ustanovljen je sa ciljem da se skrene paznja javnosti na neophodnost ocuvanja i mudrog upravljanja ovim specificnim, osetljivim i cesto ugrozenim ekosistemima

Za obelezavanje Svetskog dana vlaznih podrucja utvrdjen je 2. februar, datum kada je 1971. godine u Ramsaru (Iran) usvojena Konvencija o zastiti mocvarnih podrucja od medjunarodnog znacaja, narocito kao stanista ptica mocvarica, poznata kao Ramsarska konvencija. Ovom medjunarodnom konvencijom uspostavljen je osnov za akciju, u nacionalnim i medjunarodnim okvirima, po pitanju zastite i mudrog upravljanja vlaznim podrucjima i njihovim resursima. Danas Ramsarska konvencija ima 157 ugovornih strana, a na Ramsarskoj listi nalazi se 1678 vlaznih podrucja od medjunarodnog znacaja, koja se prostiru na oko 150 miliona hektara. Od prirodnih dobara u Srbiji danas se na listi medjunarodno znacajnih vlaznih podrucja nalaze: Obedska bara, Ludasko jezero, Stari Begej – Carska bara, Slano Kopovo, Labudovo okno, Pestersko polje, Gornje Podunavlje, Vlasina i Zasavica.

Vlazna podrucja predstavljaju centre bioloske raznovrsnosti i stanista raznovrsne, specificne flore i faune. Ona su od sustinskog znacaja za opstanak mnogih retkih i ugrozenih vrsta, cesto neraskidivo vezanih za vlazna stanista. Medjutim, ova podrucja su izuzetno znacajna i za coveka, jer u mnogim aspektima neposredno uticu na opstanak - zivotne uslove, privredni, pa cak i kulturni i duhovni razvoj ljudi. Vlazna podrucja predstavljaju dragocene rezerve podzemnih i povrsinskih voda, a pored toga su znacajna jer regulisu poplave, ublazavaju ekstremne vodostaje, smanjuju eroziju obala, predstavljaju precistace vode, ucestvuju u prirodnoj regulaciji klime i odrzavanju ravnoteze ekosistema i ukupnog zivot sveta.

Od 1997. godine, Ramsarski sekretarijat svake godine predlaze novu temu za obelezavanje Svetskog dana vlaznih podrucja, kojom se ukazuje na neku od njihovih narocito znacajnih uloga. Ovogodisnji Dan Ramsara obelezava se uz slogan Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People – Zdrava vlazna podrucja, zdravi ljudi. Dobar kvalitet hrane je preduslov za zdravlje ljudske populacije, a kvalitet hrane (pr. ribe, povrce, voce) veoma zavisi od kvaliteta vode u vlaznim, mocvarnim i barskim podrucjima. U svetu cak vise od jedne milijarde ljudi zavisi od riblje hrane koja potice iz vodenih i vlaznih podrucja. Neke biljke koje veoma zavise od vlaznih podrucja, kao sto je pirinac, pokrivaju cak 20% svetskih potreba ljudi za hranom. Direktno ili indirektno, zdravlje velikog dela svetske populacije zavisi od kvaliteta vode vlaznih podrucja.

U cilju obelezavanja ovog znacajnog datuma, 2. februara 2009. godine u Specijalnom rezervatu prirode Zasavica ce biti organizovan dogadjaj u cilju promocije i ocuvanja vlaznih stanista.

Ponedeljak 2. februar 2009. godine
Specijalni rezervat prirode Zasavica
Centar za posetioce


12.00 Pozdravna rec
12.30 Radni deo skupa
● Stanje ramsarskih podrucja Srbije, Nikola Stojnic, Zavod za zastitu prirode Srbije
● Podrska Pokrajinskog sekretarijata za zastitu zivotne sredine i odrzivi razvoj ramsarskim podrucjima u Vojvodini, Tamara Stojanovic, Pokrajinski sekretarijat Vojvodine
● Prezentacija projekta: Zastita biodiverziteta plavne doline reke Save, Duska Dimovic, Zavod za zastitu prirode Srbije
● Aktivne mere zastite u Specijalnom rezervatu prirode „Zasavica“, Slobodan Simic, SRP Zasavica
13.30 Rucak
Setnja edukativnim stazama SRP Zasavica

Za vise informacija Maja Radosavljevic, ili Oliver Fojkar,, Zavod za zastitu prirode Srbije

Centar za posetioce na Zasavici


16. 11. 2008.
Sava LIFE Monitoring Mission successfully undertaken in September

Yet another LIFE monitoring mission was successfully undertaken in the frame of the Sava Biodiversity Protection project from 22-24 September 2008. Led by the LIFE III Programme Coordinator and Desk Officer - Mr. Alban de Villepin and Mrs. Anne de Wolf, accompanied by Mr. Egger Topper, external monitor, and the entire Project Management Team, the mission was introduced to a number of project partners and stakeholders. Apart from visiting the State Institute for Nature Protection and the International Sava River Basin Commission in Zagreb, the mission had the opportunity to become acquainted with concrete conservation actions in the Odransko Polje Protected Landscape. Near to the internationally recognized Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, this adjacent floodplain area shows how well planned agri-environmental measures can support both biodiversity conservation and the local economy. After obtaining an insight into the activities of local farmers’ associations, the mission moved to the neighbouring Barda?a Wetland in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the five officially proclaimed Ramsar sites along the Sava River. The mission concluded by discussing the possible next steps in implementing particular actions as regards the project working groups, and also how to secure the proper sustainability of the actions undertaken that, in the long run, should lead towards improved protection of the Sava floodplains.

For more information please contact Boris Erg at or Lubomira Vavrova at

At the Odransko polje Landscapes (HR) - Kresimir Baljak


07. 11. 2008.
Protected Areas in Function of Sustainable Development
International Conference to be held on 6-8 November supported by IUCN

Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with relevant organizations and institutions from BiH organises in Bihac the International conference on the protected areas titled „PROTECTED AREAS IN FUNCTION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT“ in the period 6-8 November 2008.

The goals of the Conference are:
- Creation of consensus on importance of protected areas and their influence on economy development of rural areas;
- Ppromotion of natural and economy potentials, and first of all tourist resources of Federation and BiH through protected areas as bearers of total offer of BiH;
- Creation of conditions for linking of protected areas in the European network NATURA 2000 and smaragd network;
- Consideration of the existing state and difficulties with proposals of their overcoming and improvement
- Presentation of scientific and professional experiences to this date and knowledge on the protected areas a basis of sustainable development, and presentation of new knowledge and new initiatives related to the planned development of protected areas and sustainable tourism;
- Setting of concrete models of resolving difficulties and improvement oft he existing state in the area of legislation, financial support, protected areas management, promotional and marketing activities, and more active interactions between agriculture and tourism, as well as the preservation and protection of traditional construction.

The topics of the Conference are:
- Protected areas, the experiences from BiH and the region;
- The ways of protected natural areas management;
- Levels of categorisation of protected natural values;
- Proclamation of new areas protected in accordance with the Law on protection of nature;
- Domesticated and wild species and habitats;
- List of endangered species.

For more information please visit

Traditional Land Use/IUCN Archives


22. 08. 2008.
Danube River Basin International Youth Research Camp „Dragoman”
Danube Environmental Forum announces a youth camp

The Youth Research Camp will take place in Bulgaria at the Dragoman Marsh and Chepan Hill (40 km from Sofia) from 1-14 September 2008 in co-operation with BALKANI Wildlife Society’s Workcamp Dragoman. Participants can decide if they want to stay for the whole 2 weeks or only attend second week.

We are looking for young people from countries of the Danube River Basin; at least 20 but no more than 30 participants. The age of participants must be between 18 and 30 years. The camp will be free -- the participants only have to pay their own travel expenses.

Participants will work in 5 different groups:

• Bird Ringing
• Reconstruction of Dragoman Marsh educational trail and facilities
• Marking of Chepan Hill educational trail
• Work on the Wetland Conservation Center
• Education and lessons sessions.

Each group will have a leader; an expert who will work together with the participants. Our goals are to improve participants’ field work skills, promote the importance of field work and to improve the nature site.

To register contact or call at +359 887 628318 / +359 885 285659.


Dragoman Marsh lays in West Bulgaria close to the Serbian Border. It is surrounded by calcareous hills of which the most important is the Chepan Hill – home of many rare and relict plants.

Due to drainage after the 1930s, the marsh disappeared. After draining stopped in 1996, active work of Balkani Wildlife Society led to continuous recovery of the wetland. 250 bird species were registered since (140 breeding). In 2006 a completely new heronry formed in the reeds - first breeding site for Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) in southwest Bulgaria and second for Great White Egret (Egretta alba) in all Bulgaria. Currently Dragoman Marsh is the only wetland in Bulgaria with chances to be fully restored.

This workcamp is a continuation of the activities of Balkani for study, restoration and sustainable use of the natural resources in the area. Many interesting birds use the marsh in autumn as resting and feeding place on their long journey to Africa. Birds will be monitored and ringed in order to study their migration and behavior.
An educational wooden trail was constructed in 2004 in the marsh but due to the raise of the water now is unusable. The trail will be reconstructed with help of local people and volunteers. Another 13 km long trail will be created on the Chepan Hill on a variety of habitats – grasslands, rocks and forests. The best route will be selected and marked.
In 2008 Balkani obtained a building in Dragoman town (2km from the marsh) for the creation of the first Wetland Conservation Center in Bulgaria. During the workcamp the reconstruction and adaptation of the building will start. Ideas for the development of the center will be discussed.

The area of the Dragoman Marsh is being restored up to a level that it can fullfil the criteria for designation of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). During the camp research and lectures about Ramsar will be done and right after the camp a proposal will be submitted.

Birds of Dragoman Marsh


04. 08. 2008.
Zasavica proglasena za novo medjunarodno vlazno podrucje prema Ramsarskoj konvenciji
Peto prirodno dobro duz Save koje uziva status medjunarodno znacajnog vlaznog podrucja

26. jun 2008. - U okviru primene medjunarodne konvencije o zastiti vlaznih podrucja tzv. Ramsarske konvencije, ciji je potpisnik i Srbija, Sekretarijat ramsarske konvencije uvrstio je Specijalni rezervat prirode „Zasavica“ na listu medjunarodno znacajnih vlaznih podrucja 13. marta 2008. godine, kada je podneta nominacija od strane Ministarstva zastite zivotne sredine, na osnovu strucne studije Zavoda za zastitu prirode Srbije. Iako je proglasenje novog ramsarskog podrucja usledilo brzo posle nominacije, ono i ne predstavlja veliko iznenadjenje, jer je „Zasavica“ izuzetno prirodno dobro koje ispunjava vise kriterijuma za ovaj znacajan medjunarodni status. Zasavica je zasticeno prirodno dobro kao specijalni rezervat prirode, i uvrsteno je u IBA podrucje (Medjunarodno znacajno podrucje za ptice). Recica Zasavica duzine 33 km na severu Macve, predstavlja jednu od retkih oaza iskonske prirode, u cijim su se jedinstvenim recnim i mocvarnim ekosistemima zadrzale brojne retke biljne i zivotinjske vrste. Tako je Zasavica danas jedino utociste biljke aldrovanda Aldrovanda vericulosa i do nedavno jedino potvrdjeno staniste ribe crnka Umbra krameri u Srbiji, jedno od poslednjih mesta u zemlji na kojem se gnezdi patka njorka, prirodna retkost sa svetske Crvene liste, i prvo mesto u Srbiji gde je dabar Castor fiber, u Srbiji davno iscezla vrsta, vracen na svoje nekadasnje staniste. Izvanredan primer odrzivog pasarenja i uzgoj autohtone rase podolskog goveda i mangulice, uslovi za brojna naucna istrazivanja, i drugi aspekti dobra, doprineli su da ovo jedinstveno zasticeno prirodno dobro za kojeg legenda kaze da predstavlja otisak „zmajevog repa“, dobije i ovaj medjunarodni status. „Zasavica“ je tako postala deveto ramsarsko podrucje u Srbiji, pored prirodnih dobara: „Obedska bara“, „Ludasko jezero“, „Stari Begej-Carska bara“, „Slano Kopovo“, „Vlasina“, „Gornje Podunavlje“, „Labudovo okno“ i „Pestersko polje“, na ukupnoj povrsini od 53.714 hektara.

Preuzeto sa: Zavod za zastitu prirode Srbije,

Pogled sa kule na Valjevcu - Vladimir Dobretic


04. 08. 2008.
Eko-kamp za mlade v Lonjskom polju
V okviru obelezevanja 1. junija - Dan Save, je v vasi Krapje potekala delavnica za mlade

13.6.2008. - V okviru obelezevanja 1. junija, ki je bil proglasen kot Dan Save, je v vasi Krapje potekala delavnica za mlade (30. in 31. maj 2008, Krapje, Park Prirode Lonjsko polje, HR). Delavnice so se udelezili mladi iz vseh drzav podpsinic Okvirnega sporazuma o Savsekm bazenu, in sicer iz BiH (Srednja medicinska skola Tuzla in Srednja strucna in tehnicka skola Gradiska), iz Hrvaske (Srednja sola Tina Ujevica in Tehnicka skola Kutina iz Kutine), iz Srbije (Mitrovacka Gimnazija) in iz Slovenije (Gimnazija Brezice in Solski Center Krsko-Sevnica).

Prvi del delavnice je bil namenjen predstavitvi bioloske raznovrstnosti ob reki Savi, ter kako pomembno je, da to zascitimo in ohranimo (IUCN), Ramsarskih obmocij v porecju reke Save, in sicer Cerkniskega jezera (SLO), Lonjskega polja (HR), Bardace (BiH) in Obedske bare (SRB). Po uvodnih predstavitvah je del dijakov sodeloval na raziskovalem delu, del pa na ustvarjalnem delu delavnice.

Vec informacij o dogajanju na delavnici je razvidno na spletni strani Savske komisije

ISRBC/Samo Groselj


04. 08. 2008.
Strengthening the partnership with the International Sava River Basin Commission
IUCN has taken a prominent role in the recent events organized by the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), in frame of the International Sava Day (1 June)

6 June 2008 – Working actively on the conservation of biodiversity of the Sava River floodplains, the Sava Biodiversity Protection Project Management Team (PMT) has commenced extensive talks with the ISRBC on the foreseen contribution to the overall protection of the Sava riverine and floodplain ecosystems by participating in the elaboration of the future Integrated Sava River Basin Management Plan. Recently, the PMT actively participated in the series of events starting with an Eco-camp in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park in Croatia and ending up with a high level workshop presenting the Strategy on implementation of the Framework Agreement for the Sava River Basin (FASRB). Certainly a highlight of the first International Sava Day was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the ISRBC, setting the framework for improved cooperation and coordination between the two commissions concerned. The MoU has been signed on the 5th of June by Mr. Sasa Dragin, ICPDR President 2008 and Mr. Kemal Karkin, ISRBC Chairman.
IUCN Archives


04. 08. 2008.
Initial project year rounded up with the Steering Committee meeting in Zagreb
Second regular SC meeting held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Croatia

29 November 2007 - The first year of the project “Protection of Biodiversity of the Sava River Basin Floodplains” was rounded up with the second regular meeting of the project’s Steering Committee, held on 29 November in Zagreb under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of Culture – Nature Protection Directorate. The meeting brought together representatives of the line ministries of the countries through which the Sava River flows, representatives of the project management team, working group coordinators, NGOs and representatives of partner organizations. In addition to presenting the progress achieved since the initial meeting of the Steering Committee held in April 2007 in Sarajevo, the overall project results for 2007 and the activities conducted within the framework of each of the existing four working groups - biodiversity, land use, GIS and public awareness - were presented. The meeting offered the members of the Steering Committee to become acquainted with how the project is unfolding, and to give their comments and suggestions as to the future course for planning activities, in order to ensure their compliance with existing strategies and programmes at the national and regional levels. A discussion was held on how to best align project activities with the objectives and activities of the Sava Commission, in order to ensure wise management of the resources of the Sava River and its floodplains. Finally, plans for 2008 were presented. The coming year will bring intensive work on collecting and organizing field data, and will continue to present the heritage of the Sava River Valley.
IUCN Archives


04. 08. 2008.
First Stakeholder meeting at Bardaca wetlands
Stakeholders of all Sava countries gathered to discuss the most relevant issues

24 September 2007 - The first Stakeholder meeting in the project “Protection of Biodiversity of the Sava River Basin Floodplains” was held on 24 September at Bardaca (BiH), which was recently recognized as an internationally important wetland area according to the Ramsar Convention. Bardaca is situated in the Municipality of Srbac, near the confluence of the Vrbas River into the Sava, and represents one of the most preserved wetland areas in the entire Sava River Valley floodplain. The meeting brought together more than 50 participants from all four countries through which the Sava flows – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Participants included all partners in the project, representatives of numerous organizations, institutions, protected area managers, associations and non-governmental organizations active in the Sava River region. The meeting brought together a wide range of experts in the field of nature conservation, forestry, water management, agriculture, tourism, development activities and others. The full-day meeting was conceived to allow participants to exchange information about current events in the Sava region, ongoing or recently completed projects and to present individual state strategies in the development of ecological networks along the Sava River. The working part of the meeting was structured to actively analyse public participation and the possibility of including interested parties in the protection and sustainable development of the Sava River Valley. Given that this project is unfolding in the context of cross-border cooperation, these meetings are exceptionally important, not only in terms of strengthening cooperation, becoming better acquainted with current events and exchanging information, but are also aimed at defining a harmonized joint strategy for the protection and conservation of biodiversity and the authentic landscapes along the Sava River.
IUCN Archives