International project for the protection of the Sava through the management of invasive species

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The Sava is the largest tributary of the Danube, flowing through many of the states of the former Yugoslavia. In large sections the river remains unspoilt and is able to develop its own natural dynamic. A total of 64% of the Sava is designated, under various categories, as a protected area and the region is one of the most biodiverse in Europe. However, the Sava is at risk. It is threatened not only by river straightening activities, the construction of power stations and the influx of pollutants, but also by invasive species which are endangering its biodiversity.

Aims of the project

The aim of the INTERREG project is to halt the further fragmentation of valuable habitats on the Sava and to preserve the river as an important corridor for animals and plants. At the same time, measures are to be taken to prevent the further spread of invasive species. The first step towards this is the mapping of neophytes in the river basin. Additionally, the SavaParks Network, initiated by EuroNatur, is to be strengthened and better publicised. The project started on 1 June 2018 and will run until 31 May 2021. It is co-financed by the European Union (ERDF, IPA).

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© Mario Zilec

Project partners
EuroNatur (DE); Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park (SL); Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution (HR); Public Institution Green Ring (HR); Public Company National Park “Una” LLC Bihać (BA); Centre for Environment (BA); Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province (RS); Nation Conservation Movement Sremska Mitrovica (RS); Public Enterprise “Vojvodinašume" (RS).

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