The Center for Environment has begun researching the flora and fauna in the Neretva tributaries: Buna, Bunica, Bregava and Trebižat with the aim of achieving long-term protection and sustainable use of these rivers through a combination of scientific research and advocacy, for the benefit of local communities and the general public.

“The main goal of field research is to collect data on the presence and distribution of endemic, endangered and protected species, as well as species of international importance, but also data on endangered biodiversity. The results of the research will contribute to better planning and implementation of activities in the field of nature protection, as well as the launch of an initiative for the protection of these tributaries of the Neretva. We believe that it is important to focus on these rivers now, because otherwise we could lose the most valuable river ecosystems in Herzegovina in a few years, due both to hydropower projects and poor management of natural resources,” said Dragana Kovačić Jošić, project coordinator.

The list of flora and fauna that will be obtained through research is one of the first professional and methodologically prepared research of the given rivers, which will significantly contribute to the knowledge of the number and distribution of individual species in the area.

Preliminary results of the research show the presence of a large number of rare and endangered species, and the third finding of the Eleonora’s falcon (Falco eleonorae (Gene, 1839)) in B&H, registered at the Vitina site, stands out as one of the most interesting findings so far.

This research is being implemented within the project “Steps to protect the tributaries of the Neretva: Buna, Bunica, Bregava and Trebižat, Bosnia and Herzegovina” funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).

“These are the first activities conducted by the Center for Environment in Herzegovina that are not merely as support for activities of our partners, and we are especially glad that this is a project that thoroughly approaches the protection of the four rivers of Herzegovina.” In the three years that the project lasts, we will try to collect as much data on the natural values ​​of this area, give recommendations for sustainable management and hope to initiate the protection of certain locations along the Buna, Bunica, Bregava and Trebižat,” added Dragana Kovačić Jošić. The results of all research will be published and made available to relevant institutions, the general public, the media and local communities. In addition, a significant focus of the project is on working with local communities and other participants to raise awareness of the importance of protected areas. The most important goal of the project is to launch an initiative for protection towards the competent institutions, as well as to make proposals for sustainable management of these rivers.

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There is no ongoing projects in "Our space" programme at the moment.

Besides projects defined by programmes, Center for environment is actively working on other topics in the field of environment and on networking with other organizations at the regional and international level. In the section "Other Projects" we are presenting projects which are not related to the specific program.

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