World Wetlands Day 2004 -- Serbia and Montenegro

18/02/2004


Oliver Fojkar, M.Sc.
Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia
Department in Novi Sad
Radnicka 20a
21000 Novi Sad, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
ph: ++38121-421 144, 421-143, fax: ++38121-616-252
E mail: zzpsns@eunet.yu

Marking of the 2.February, World Wetlands Day in Serbia and Montenegro (Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Novi Sad)

In the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Department in Novi Sad, on the 2nd February 2004 was marked a World Wetlands Day Round table with the topic: "INTEGRATED CONSERVATION AND WISE USE OF SERBIAN WETLANDS". In the organization of this manifestation, its contribution gave beside the Institute for Nature Conservation in Serbia, Provincial Secretary for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and Public Organization JP "VOJVODINAŠUME".

At the ceremonial opening, Dr.Lidija Amidžic, the director of the Institute for Nature Conservation, Slobodan Puzovic M.Sc., from Provincial Secretary for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and Dr. Ljubomir Letic, the director of Public Organization JP "Vojvodinašume" greeted present guests, directors of protected natural resources, Serbia Ramsar's areas, scientists and journalists.

The assembly perceived world experiences on wetlands conservation through the film projection:" THE RAMSAR CONVENTION ON WETLANDS", which was done in the production of: The Ramsar Convention Bureau (Switzerland) and TVE (Great Britain).

Oliver Fojkar M.Sc., professional collaborator of the Institute, led the working part of the assembly. Speeches were made by Dragica Brankovic M.Sc., who brought up the conclusions from the meeting held on the 22nd January with the topic: "Application of wetlands wise use concept", Jovanka Kuzmanovic, whose topic was: "Wise use of wetlands" and Slobodan Puzovic M.Sc., with the topic: "Preliminary list of wetlands and proposal of new Ramsar areas in Serbia".

The assembly drew the following conclusions:

Successful realization of obligations related to the Ramsar Convention is possible only with coordinated activity of all subjects, especially of the Ministry for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment, Provincial Secretary for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, managers of Ramsar's areas, scientific institutions, including interested non-governmental organizations and local population.

Given that, and according to article 6 point 3 of the Ramsar Convention, it is necessary to improve work and activate National Ramsar Committee (national body) that would coordinate all activities and take care of realization of obligations from this convention.

National Committee should include in its work representatives of all institutions mentioned above.

Priority task in the realization of obligations from Ramsar Convention is implementation of wetlands wise use concept, along with application of appropriate guidelines (Resolution 5.6.) and according to Ramsar strategy plan 2003 - 2008. which means:

I Establishing national policies for wetlands (institutional and organization agreements and coordination of national legislation).
II Promoting knowledge about wetlands and their values (Inventory, monitoring, researches, training, education and public conscience).
III Actions on particular wetlands, with the accent on wetlands from the "Ramsar list".

The round table also presented the documentation, which the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia prepared for nomination of Special nature reserve "Slano Kopovo" as a new Ramsar area in Serbia. This documentation will be delivered to the Convention Secretariat (the Ramsar Bureau) as soon as possible.

A preliminary list of wetlands in Serbia was presented and it was concluded that it is necessary to continue gathering material and information for the final list.

After the working part of the assembly, a short excursion was organized to a nearby Special nature reserve " Koviljsko Petrovaradinski Rit", which represents one of the nominated areas for the "Ramsar list". Journalists and TV teams had an opportunity to record and photograph the outlook of a swampy area from a beautiful view right to the Roman Catholic Church "Marija Snezna" on Tekije. After that was organized a visit to an old core of Sremski Karlovci, a little town on the river Danube which is of great importance for Serbian history and culture. Then, celebrants visited the Institute for Viticulture in Sremski Karlovci which belongs to the Faculty for Agriculture in Novi Sad. The participants visited wine cellars and tasted ecological wines, which are obtained from a sort of grapes that do not have to be splashed and treated with pesticides. At the end was arranged a formal lunch in "Carda" at the Danube.

Regarding the 2nd February, World Wetlands Day in Serbia and Montenegro, with the main manifestation held in the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, Department in Novi Sad, about ten TV, radio and press media informed the public. It is considered as a big success in education of local population.

With best wishes,

Oliver Fojkar M.Sc.
Professional collaborator of the Institute

Round table on the occasion of World Wetlands Day

Round table on the occasion of World Wetlands Day

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Visit to the Special Nature Reserve "Koviljsko Petrovaradinski Rit"

Special Nature Reserve "Koviljsko Petrovaradinski Rit"

Special Nature Reserve "Koviljsko Petrovaradinski Rit"

Visit to an old core of Sremski Karlovci

Visit to an old core of Sremski Karlovci

Visit to the Institute for Viticulture and ecology wine tasting

Visit to the Institute for Viticulture and ecology wine tasting

Visit to the Institute for Viticulture and ecology wine tasting

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