WWF for a living Danube Caravan traveling through Serbia

WWF has embarked on a long journey wagon for a living Dunav to the regional traveling interactive exhibition highlights the importance of water as a natural resource


WWF has embarked on a long journey wagon for a living Dunav to the regional traveling interactive exhibition highlights the importance of water as a natural resource, aquatic ecosystems and the need for protection and restoration of wetlands.

On the occasion of activities within the framework of this year's Dunav Day, Caravan for a living Dunav visiting several cities in Serbia:

Nis, 27 June - Square of King Milan, from 10 to 19h

Belgrade on 28 and 29 June - Ada Ciganlija (at restaurants Lake), from 10 to 19h

Novi Sad July 1 - Strand, from 10 to 19h

Sombor July 3rd - St George Square, from 10 to 19h

Besides Serbia, the Caravan will visit 21 new sites in five countries in the region and in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania by the end of the summer 2015th With the help of interesting and interactive educational tools, this initiative will emphasize the importance of wetland and floodplain areas benefit of people and nature in terms of flood control, provision of ecosystem services and the like.

Caravan is in Serbia organized with the help of local organizations and associations and refugium and NIDSB Josif Pančić from Novi Sad, Nis area of, and My Channel and Poduna from Sombor.

"How to unique values ​​Dunav River preserved, it is necessary to wisely and manage its integrated basin through connecting the water sector, environmental protection, forestry, agriculture and energy. WWF in the region together with partners to protect and preserve the Dunav and its tributaries, as well as strengthening the role of the public through education that really is the goal of caravan for a living Dunav. We invite you to visit the Caravan and interesting way to learn about the Dunav, the living world to him and the importance of aquatic ecosystems to humans, "said Duško Dimović, director of the WWF in Serbia.

I Caravan is part of a wider regional initiative for the restoration of wetland and floodplain areas along the Dunav in the six countries of the Dunav basin, which is jointly implemented by the WWF and Coca-Cola system.

Along the Dunav river water flow regulation for river navigation, agriculture, exploitation of gravel and construction of dams in the last 150 years has destroyed 80 percent of natural wetlands, as well as biologically most productive habitats. The consequences are manifold, among them the reduction of fish populations, habitat disturbance, which was inhabited by numerous species of plants and animals, deterioration of water quality, as well as a reduction in area of wetlands that are natural reservoirs and significantly mitigate the impact of flood waters.

"If the floodplains back their natural role and capacity to retain water, they would have secured benefits for nature and people, such as water purification and mitigate the effects of floods, ecotourism and biodiversity conservation," says Dimović.

In the next seven years, a joint initiative of the Coca-Cola system and WWF aims to increase the capacity of the river to 12 million m³ (4,800 Olympic swimming pools) and the reconstruction of more than 53 square kilometers of wetlands (the size of 7422 football fields). On that occasion in Serbia will be restored ponds and seedcoat Šarkanj and Bestrement site in the area for Nature "Upper Dunav region" along the Danube.

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