National event celebrating the World Wetlands Day organized in Šabac
On the occasion of marking the World Wetlands Day, the event "Wetlands: the key to coping with climate change" was organized as the central national event of the Wetlands Day marking, at the Center for Vocational Training in Šabac on February 1, 2019.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province and IUCN - Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and supported by the City of Šabac, Center for Vocational Training and Elementary School "Stojan Novaković" from Šabac.
The guidelines for the protection of wetlands, as part of the strategy for combating climate change, the activities of protecting these areas along the Sava River, with a special emphasis on the rare and endangered species of Posavina wetlands, and the thematic publications were presented at this event. Participants of the event had the opportunity to visit one such area in the urban environment - a site in the Šabac fortress, home to the colony of three species of herons: Nycticorax nycticorax, Ardeola ralloides and Egretta garzetta.
Participants of this event included approximately one hundred representatives of the managers of the following Ramsar Sites, i.e. sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance in Serbia: Landscape of Outstanding Qualities “Vlasina”, Special Nature Reserves “Carska bara”, and “Slano Kopovo”, Special Nature Reserves “Kraljevac”, “Trešnjica River Gorge”, Jevremovac Botanical Garden, State-Owned Enterprise “Vojvodinašume”, Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, Vojvodina Environmental Movement, Faculty of Applied Ecology – FUTURA, as well as numerous local schools and media.
The event was opened by Nemanja Pajić, the President of the Šabac City Assembly, while Danko Jović, MSc, the Head of the Institute for Nature Conservation’s Unit in Niš, Marina Tomić, MSc in biology, the Director of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province held welcome speeches on behalf of the organizers, and Branko Filipović, the Director of the Center for Vocational Training, held a speech on behalf of the host.
The participants had an opportunity to hear and learn about the Ramsar Convention and Ramsar Sites from the introductory presentations “Summary of the Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands” by Jelena Dučić, the Head of the Department of Biodiversity of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the national focal point for the implementation of the Ramsar Convention, and “Nature’s Responses to Climate Change” by Aleksandra Nikodinović from the IUCN - Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The expert associates of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Nenad Sekulić, PhD, the Head of the Department of Biodiversity and Ecological Networks, Miloš Radaković, ornithologist, and Verica Stojanović, MSc in biology, unveiled the Wetlands of importance for the protection of rare species on the territory of the City of Šabac with the idea that we contribute to nature protection by conserving nature around us. Alan Kiš, forest engineer, presented the notion that natural areas are not isolated islands but rather form a unified network in his presentation “Sava Parks Network and Management of invasive species in Posavina Wetlands”.
Special segment of the event was dedicated to the promotion of the publication which was the result of a unique project of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the research of the property of the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos. The publication “Amphibians and Reptiles of Mount Athos and Hilandar Monastery”, as the first book in the series which is the embodiment of the results of the aforementioned research, was presented by the authors and herpetologists of the Institute, Rastko Ajtić, PhD, and Danko Jović, MSc.
Slobodan Puzović, PhD, the assistant director of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province, held a presentation on the most important wetland habitat located in the heart of the city - a site in the Šabac fortress, which is home to the colony of three species of herons: Nycticorax nycticorax, Ardeola ralloides and Egretta garzetta, its characteristics, challenges to protection and proposals for the implementation of active measures of protection and rehabilitation.
The students of the Elementary School "Stojan Novaković" from Šabac had an opportunity to share their thoughts on wetlands through the art exhibition “Biodiversity of Wetlands”. The exhibition was opened by Marija Đerić, biology teacher and assistant director of the Elementary School "Stojan Novaković".
As the basis for their future work, the participants of the event emphasized the importance of education as a form of conservation of these habitats unique for their ecological functions and the richness of biodiversity.
TV recording of the site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObdFzDplzU
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