This spring, our research team continues to conduct field research at the Klek peninsula as well as in Livanjsko polje.
Activities are undertaken within the project Achieving biodiversity conservation through creation, effective management and spatial designation of protected areas and capacity building, implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in a cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska and supported through Global Environment Facility (GEF).
At the Klek peninsula, vegetation had already started to grow in the olive fields and former arable land parts. In this early-spring phase of the flora and vegetation research, a significant number of plants species that have never been identified earlier at the Klek peninsula are now identified for the first time. Some of the identified plant species represent rare plant species in BiH.
In Livanjsko polje, our team is undertaking field surveys on ornithofauna diversity. Up to date, several species of ducks were identified: Aythya ferina, Aythya fuligula, Anas querquedula, Anas crecca, Anas plathyrhynchos. Besides ducks, a water hen (Fulica atra), crane (Grus grus) and wolf (Canis lupus) were identified.
The main goal of the research activities is to get clear facts about natural values (flora and fauna) in the project areas.
With its research team, CENER21 will continue to conduct field research during the whole spring and summer, as well as to implement other activities agreed with the client:
Consultative meetings with the local community, higher levels of government and all stakeholders
Spatial zoning and proposal of the protection category
Addressing weaknesses in the area of conservation and management of protected areas
Financial mechanism for mobilization of additional resources improvement
Capacity building in the area of communication and advocacy of the values and benefits from protected areas
Public awareness raising on significance of the nature conservation
Technical equipment purchase and technical support for biodiversity monitoring
Development of biodiversity indicators in accordance to national legislation
Support to informational platform establishment and integration
Review and establishment of the Red list Index for BiH as a main tool for biodiversity monitoring
Development of an Expert Study for valorisation of natural and cultural-historical values of the area
Preparation of the draft Law on Proclamation
Finally, gathered data on biodiversity of the project areas will serve as a baseline for development of the documentation necessary for designation of new protected areas in accordance with the Law on Nature Protection (Official Gazette FBiH, no 66/13). Within the 3 years, this project is expected to increase national protected area network in the country and management effectiveness and capacity as a tool for biodiversity conservation and protection of threatened species and habitats.