Biodiversity

Activities were carried out in the fields of nature protection, eco-tourism promotion, sustainable agriculture, urban wildlife protection and communication with local stakeholders.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

The REC supported local stakeholders in the Una and Blidinje National Parks through capacity building and technical assistance in the preparation of sub-projects for funding through a small grants programme.

As a partner in the WWF DASHI project (Dinaric Arc Sustainable Hydropower Initiative), the REC contributed to enhancing biodiversity protection and nature conservation in Hutovo blato Nature Park by means of improving water management in the Neretva and Trebisnjica river basins. Activities included research, meetings with authorities and dam operators, and the creation of a network of environmental NGOs.

Sustainable tourism was promoted in the Sutjeska and Hutovo blato Nature Parks via the mapping of natural resources, the economic valorisation of natural resources and the elaboration of action plans.

Croatia

To promote eco-tourism in the Sava River basin, REC Croatia organised expert meetings to define goals and directions for further work.

Slovakia

Within the GreenNet project, REC Slovakia was involved in managing natural heritage via lobbying and the creation of a nature inventory. It also participated in the preparation of a joint strategy and tools for the sustainable design of urban spaces.

Poland

REC Poland initiated several projects on nature monitoring and sustainable agriculture. The project “Carpathians Unite” promotes the sustainable use of mountain meadows through the revival of traditional sheep herding by small cooperatives in the Polish Carpathians. In 2012, about 200 ha of meadows were managed via sheep herding.

Consultations on the Kampinos National Park were facilitated by REC Poland to address a conflict created by the drainage of wetlands and local flooding. A joint water management project was prepared, supported by the national park and local communities.

Also in Poland, research was carried out on dune plants, insects and invasive plant species, to provide a starting point for the protection of selected habitats.
GROWING CONCERNS: REC projects aim to translate field experience into new biodiversity policies and legislation