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“Newly collected scientific data as a new weapon in the “Battle for Sutjeska”

Center for Environment presented a publication, short movie and photographs under the name “National park Sutjeska – dead capital or a laboratory in nature”, which together present the results of a scientific research performed in the canyons of the rivers Sutjeska and Hrčavka this summer. Iva Miljević, Center for Environment: „The main goal of this […]

Center for Environment presented a publication, short movie and photographs under the name “National park Sutjeska – dead capital or a laboratory in nature”, which together present the results of a scientific research performed in the canyons of the rivers Sutjeska and Hrčavka this summer.

Iva Miljević, Center for Environment: „The main goal of this research was to gain stronger arguments in order to confirm our claim how important it is to preserve the oldest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and what is the potential impact of these hydro power plants’ construction and work on the environment“.

Over 100 people were present at the promotion held in the Musical pavillion in the  Petar Kočić park in Banja Luka, including the majority of the experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region that took part in the research.

Nataša Crnković, Center for Environment: „We will not allow construction of hydro power plants, under any conditions. Flora and fauna in these rivers must remain preserved, and people in this area should be allowed such development of the local community which will not jeopardize the unique nature in the Park“.

Within the campaign „Battle for Sutjeska“ Center for Environment has been fighting for four years to stop the planned construction of five hydro power plants on the rivers Sutjeska and Hrčavka that would have significant negative impact on the environment, which was confirmed also by this research.

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Đorđije Milanović, Arbor Magna: „This publication presents an example of how studies of the environmental impact should be performed, with experts from different fields, and not the way they were performed by licenced companies so far. Studies registered 1.060 species that are dependant on the rivers in the National Park Sutjeska, 12 species that are found for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and these results are based on seven days research and this research will be continued next year”.

Ph.D. Čedomir Burlica, retired professor of Faculty of Forestry: „National park Sutjeska presents a laboratory in nature indeed, whose doors are  locked because of someone’s careless act. This research and similar ones should be supported at all levels, because we have so little knowledge of the living world in our country.”

The research was financially supported by Swiss organization Pro Natura/ Friends of the Earth Switzerland and ETNAR project, supported by the European Union.

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08.01.2016.