Promoting Eco-Tourism Development in the Sava River Basin

end:  30.11.2012.start:  16.04.2012.
There are seven Ramsar sites (wetlands of international importance) in the Sava River Basin – Bardača (B&H), Lonjsko polje and Crna Mlaka (Croatia), Obedska bara, Zasavica and Peštersko polje (Serbia) and Cerknica Lake (Slovenia). The ISRBC's engagement in the promotion of eco-tourism as a nature-friendly form of sustainable development supports the ISRBC's mission to foster regional cooperation for sustainable management of the Sava Basin water resources, including protection and improvement of aquatic eco-systems and resolution of conflicts of interest caused by different uses of water.

In 2009, the Lonjsko polje NP Management Authority initiated cooperation with local tourism organisations from B&H to develop a joint project for transfering best practices in eco-tourism between Lonjsko polje in Croatia to the Bardača wetlands area in B&H. This middle Sava area represents a prime example for potential cooperation on cross-border eco-tourism development within the Sava Basin. This project will develop that example as the basis for discussing directions of the future ISRBC work in this context.

Project goals:
  • explore tourism-related activities to eco-tourism topics an as area of focus for the ISRBC;
  • frame future ISRBC activities on the promotion and development of eco-tourism along the Sava River Basin, with focus on the seven Ramsar sites.

Project objectives:
  • define the goals for the ISRBC in the field of eco-tourism;
  • draft an outline of Operational Guidelines for the Sava River Basin on eco-tourism, based on best practices, stakeholder consultations and examination of example of the middle Sava area;
  • examine best practices in managing eco-tourism with concern for cross-border challenges and opportunities;
  • discuss capacity building needs of eco-tourism stakeholders for future management of eco-tourism activities in the Sava River Basin.
Project status currently under development.