Newly discovered scientific data, new weapons of the ”Battle for Sutjeska”
Center for Environment presented a publication, short movie and photographs titled “National Park Sutjeska – dead capital or a laboratory in nature“, which presents the results of the scientific research of Sutjeska and Hrčavka canyons, which was carried out this summer.
Iva Miljević, Center for Environment: “The main goal of the research was to provide even stronger argumentation that would confirm our claims about the importance of preserving the oldest national park in BiH and the potential impact of the construction and operation of these hydro plants on the living world. ”
At the promotion that took place at the Music Pavilion in the Petar Kočić Park in Banja Luka, there were over 100 participants, including most researchers who participated in the research, both from BiH and the region.
Nataša Crnković, Center for Environment: “We will not allow the construction of hydro power plants, under any conditions. The plant and animal species of these rivers must remain preserved, and people living in the area should be allowed to develop such a local community that will not endanger the unique nature of the Park.”
As a part of the “Battle for Sutjeska” campaign, Center for Environment has already been fighting for the fourth year against the planned construction of five hydro power plants on the rivers Sutjeska and Hrčava, which would have a significant negative impact on the living world, which this research has confirmed.
Đorđije Milanović, Arbor Magna: “The publication is an example of how to develop environmental impact studies, by engaging relevant experts in thematic areas rather than the way the licenced firms have done so far. Although research has registered as many as 1 060 species linked to the Sutjeska watercourses, of which up to 12 new species for the territory of BiH, the results are based on a seven-day research camp and are only part of the research results that we will continue next year. ”
Prof. Čedomir Burlica, a retired professor at the Faculty of Forestry: “National Park Sutjeska is truly a laboratory in nature, whose doors are ignored and locked, all because of somebody’s negligence. Such and similar research should be strongly supported at all levels, because we know very little about the living world of our country. ”
The research was financially supported by the Swiss organisation Pro Natura / Friends of Earth Switzerland and the ETNAR project funded by the European Union.