May 19, 2020 – The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy has drafted a Proposal to proclaim new special reserves in the Neretva Valley.
Namely, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy has drafted a Proposal for a Decree on proclaiming the “Blue Eye (Modro Oko) and Desne Lake”, “the mouth of the Neretva” and “Kuti Lake” as special reserves.
The protection of these areas in the category of special reserves is of special interest to the Republic of Croatia, thus achieving the preconditions for long-term conservation of wetland ecosystems and its biodiversity, landscape and geological diversity.
The greatest wealth and diversity of fauna refers to the world of birds, and fish at the mouth of the Neretva. Over 150 species of birds regularly appear in the Neretva Valley, and a total of over 300 species have been recorded.
Of these, 65 species are considered target species in the Neretva Delta ecological network area (HR1000031). As the largest reed complex in the Republic of Croatia, the entire Neretva delta area is important as a resting place during the migration of birds to Africa, as well as for wintering bird populations from northeastern and central Europe.
The Neretva is one of the largest rivers of the eastern part of the Adriatic basin and flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia until reaching the Adriatic Sea. It is also the largest karst river in the Dinaric Alps in the eastern part of the Adriatic basin/watershed.
The total length of the Neretva Riva is 225 kilometers. Two hundred eight kilometers are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the final 22 kilometers are in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
The documentation to proclaim the “Blue Eye and Desne Lake”, “mouth of Neretva” and “Kuti” special reserves are available for public inspection on the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy website.
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