ECO KARST - Ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development

INTERREG - Danube Transnational Program - ECO KARST project builds on the opportunity to use the natural heritage of 7 protected areas as an economic development factor, based on a sustainable management, which is aware of the vulnerability of karst ecosystems, the importance of their ES and real pro-biodiversity business (PBB) opportunities. 



Protected Areas for Nature and People

The purpose of the project “Protected Areas for Nature and People”, implemented by WWF Adria since October 2015, is sustainable use of natural resources in the Dinaric Arc region as a foundation for the socio-economic development. To that end, WWF, together with its partners, will strive to achieve the following targets:
To introduce examples of how protected areas can generate social and economic benefits in cooperation with the local community,
To improve cooperation between the protected areas and the local community in the entire region,
To enhance cooperation between WWF and its partners on the one side and decision-makers and those who have impact on them on the other side at the national level.



Tara for everybody

The "Tara for everybody" project aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the area of the National Park Tara through the improvement of tourism facilities. It has two dimensions: the new tourist facilities and emphasized the social dimension. The project will enable people of all physical abilities to experience nature and get information about the protected area. Implementation of the project will achieve the following results: 1. Trail for people with disabilities will be made; 2.Bicycle route will be marked; 3. Business Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development of Tara NP will be made; 4. New tourist facilities will be promoted. Funding for the project is provided from UNDP/GEF grant "Ensuring financial sustainability of the protected area system of Serbia".


Green Tara Mountain

Since 2013 forest drying took a larger scale, increasing the threat from outbreak of harmful bark beetle. The project aims at preventing outbreak of bark beetle population in 2014, and controlling its number in subsequent years. Modern biotechnological methods will be used, which include setting up and control of pheromone traps. Project is funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade and The Government of the Kingdom of Norway.


Shining Forest, Singing Forest

The campaign "Shining Forest, Singing Forest" was created as a response to increasingly dramatic climate changes that have caused extreme droughts and floods, high temperatures and cold winters, ice melting on the North Pole, partly extinction of the Amazon forests, which all resulted in the planet's biodiversity changes.

Climate changes have caused arable land reduction, water shortages, increase in food prices and the need for biofuels that have mostly affected poor population. Climate changes have primarily affected the health of people all over the world!

Frequent climate changes are the reason why Fund Ecotopia launched a campaign "Shining Forest, Singing Forest" in the National Park Tara on May 22, 2009, on the International Biodiversity Day.

The campaign's first-stage objective was to have 10 hectares of forest on the Tara Mountain reconstructed in two years, in the area that has been destroyed by a mini tornado a few years ago. The devastated area was replanted with 18,000 seedlings, of which 10,000 of spruce and 8,000 of fir for the sake of sustaining the natural balance of NP Tara.