Wetlands International expressed its deep concern about the proposed 53km Danube regulation project in Croatia in a letter to Croatia's Minister for Environment and Nature Protection Mirela Holy. The NGO understands that this regulation would have a severe impact upon the unique river landscape and the most highly valued floodplain area and forests of the entire Danube.
Specifically in terms of nature conservation, these plans would impact the internationally important “Kopacki Rit” Nature Park, which has recently been nominated by the ministry as a core zone of the future Transboundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”, as well as causing transboundary impacts on the Serbian “Gornje Podunavlje” Special Nature Reserve.
Wetlands International encourages the Croatian Ministry to develop a new integrated project that will harmonise the needs of conservation, navigation, flood management and tourism as well as meet the requirements of EU Directives, relevant international Conventions and the modern international environmental standards.
There is growing scientific and engineering expertise and sharing of best practices in Europe on integrated, landscape-scale river management schemes, that could be made available to inform the river planning in Croatia.
Wetlands International as well as its Netherlands-based partners and the technical expert network of the European Centre for River Restoration, will be very pleased to assist the Croatian Ministry in any way that it can in these matters.
Wetlands International is member of the network of local, national and international NGOs and institutions supports the conservation of the “Amazon of Europe”.
Photos by Mario Romulic (overview), Arno Mohl-WWF (fisherman) and Anton Vorauer - WWF/Canon (canoes)
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