Final conference of the project Restoration of Wetlands in Middle Danube – Wetland Restore, co-funded through the Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020, was held on 10 December 2021 in Eco Centre Zlatna Greda, near Osijek, in premises of Association for nature and environment protection Green Osijek.
The purpose of the conference was to present results achieved during two and a half years of the project implementation. More than 40 stakeholders from different sectors, interested in nature protection within Croatia and Serbia, participated in the conference.
The project aimed to contribute to the protection and sustainable use of the wetland ecosystems at the Danube floodplain in Croatia – Serbia cross border region by developing stakeholders capacities and fostering cross-sectoral, as well as cross border cooperation for wetland habitats restoration planning.
The main result of the project is an established cross-border system for wetland ecosystems monitoring. The main element of the monitoring system is the guidelines for biodiversity monitoring based on the indicator species, present on both sides of the border. The guidelines are user-friendly intended to help managers of protected areas to perform regular biodiversity monitoring and, based on gained results, to detect changes in ecosystems early enough.
In addition to that, plans for the revitalization of 6 wetland pilot areas in cross-border regions were developed as well as small-scale revitalization of Čarna near Zlatna Greda in Croatia and SNR “Zasavica” in Serbia.