The Fourth International Landscape Day in Serbia was marked on Monday, October 12, 2020 at the administrative building of the PE "NP Djerdap", the host of this year's event that has been organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the PE "Djerdap National Park", the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and the Faculty of Forestry.
Eighteen years ago, on October 20, at its session in Florence, the Council of Europe adopted the Landscape Convention. Serbia signed this document in 2007 and ratified it in 2011. In 2017, the "Decision from Brno" passed by the Council of Europe has introduced the marking of Landscape Day.
The ceremony of marking the Landscape Day began with a greeting word from Lazar Mitrović, director of the National Park "Đerdap" and an introductory speech from the Assistant Minister of Environmental Protection for International Cooperation and Integration, and the national coordinator for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, Biljana Filipović Đušić.
A letter from Ms. Maguelonne Dejeant-Pons, Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe and Chair of the European Landscape Convention, praising the efforts of educational and professional institutions, which were previously engaged in the implementation of the Convention, was read to the meeting participants.
The meeting has been devoted to presenting the achievements in the protection, planning and landscape management in Serbia and the integration of these activities into spatial planning documentation and sectoral strategies.
The activities of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia in the field of landscape protection and application of standards and criteria prescribed by the Convention within the system of protected areas was presented by horticulture engineer, Mila Ristić, who held a presentation on the topic: "Protected areas of Serbia on the example of Outstanding Natural Landscapes "Ovčar-Kablar gorge" and "Cultural landscape Tršić-Tronoša".
On the progress of Serbia in the implementation of the Convention and its inclusion in the spatial planning documentation and sectoral strategies and, above all, the education of experts in landscape protection spoke professor Nevena Vasiljević from the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade, who held a presentation "European Landscape Convention: 20 years later".
Landscape characteristics and beauties of the National Park "Đerdap" were presented in a thematic presentation and screening of three promotional videos by Sanja Đokić from PE "NP Đerdap".
The protection of natural areas in Serbia is based on research and valorization of a certain area and the further drafting of a study defining the boundaries, categories, regimes and protection measures of that area, which is being implemented by the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia. Currently, 7.66% of the territory in Serbia is under protection, i.e. 677,950 ha within 474 areas.