Sava TIES Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species

Invasive alien species (IAS) are plants, animals and other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem but are primarily human introduced. IAS plants are spreading uncontrolled in the Sava River basin, having the negative effect or even pushing out other native species, reducing soil fertility and cultivable agricultural surfaces, causing major problems in flood control and much more. To conclude – they change important European natural habitats, destroy the corridor connectivity and are very difficult to eradicate. This is not only a nature protection problem; they also have a negative effect on human health and cause major economic losses. It is estimated that the damage IAS have on the global economy is more than USD 1,4 trillion per year, representing nearly 5% of the world economy.

Sava TIES is regionally significant project that will be implemented in all four countries of the Sava River basin: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The main goals are to:

  • find an effective solution for permanent eradication of IAS
  •  reduce habitat fragmentation
  •  improve the connectivity of the transnational ecological corridor.

The emphasis is on cross-sectoral cooperation, as we can only achieve desired results through cooperation of different stakeholders, national/local governments and local inhabitants. As part of the project, different methods of effectively removing or eradication of IAS plants which are already causing serious damage in the Sava River basin will be tested. This will be the first ever attempt to tackle this demanding issue on a transnational corridor level in the region, with lessons learned bringing benefits to the wider Danube region and beyond.

Invasive alien species are the main challenge of biodiversity conservation in the 21st century. They are also our main challenge! Follow us on our official website and on social networks. Visit beautiful Sava River; take photos, publish them… and don't forget to use #SavaTIES!

Preserving Sava River Basin Habitats through Transnational Management of Invasive Alien Species
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1604137
ERDF Contribution: 845062,35
IPA Contribution: 518454,1
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors


Filename Date of upload
Training on Stakeholder Engagement 11-12-2018 09:53:21
Annex 5 First draft of Stakeholder engagement plan 11-12-2018 11:09:25
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
EuroNatur Foundation Lead partner GERMANY
Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution ERDF partner CROATIA
Public Institution Green Ring ERDF partner CROATIA
Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Public Company National Park “Una” LLC Bihać IPA partner BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
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Project News

  • Sava TIES - Pilot measures implementation started
    - 08-08-2019
    Pilot measures implementation started

    It is summer season and in Ljubljansko barje Nature park, Slovenia implementation of measures aiming to eradicate three invasive alien plant species (IAS) at our pilot plots is in full swing!  However, not all of our activities are related...

  • Sava TIES - Voice of Tišina spreads far - presentation of Sava TIES project activities and nature protection
    - 26-07-2019
    Voice of Tišina spreads far - presentation of Sava TIES project activities and nature protection

    The Sava TIES project was presented in the premises of the Centre for culture ''Šamac'' on 23 July 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Interested public had the chance to learn more about the values ​​of this soon officially protected area; the...

    - 23-07-2019

    Last weekend, the Sava TIES project was presented at the events organized in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Croatia, a locally organized event called „Kosci za kosce“ was held in Donja Zdenčina. Another popular event "Pecka Outdoor...

    - 19-07-2019

    #SavaTIES Stakeholder workshop was held on 4th July 2019 in in the Visitor Center Zasavica with the purpose of discussing main issues related to invasive alien species in Sava River basin in general and in the Special Nature Reserve Zasavica in...

  • Sava TIES - Mura-Drava-Danube final conference
    - 01-07-2019
    Mura-Drava-Danube final conference

      coop MDD project final event   Sava TIES team has participated at the...

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