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
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1604137
ERDF Contribution: 845062,35
IPA Contribution: 518454,1
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

Library

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 elfrun.lindenthal@euronatur.org GERMANY
Lonjsko Polje Nature Park Public Institution ERDF partner bio@pp-lonjsko-polje.hr CROATIA
Public Institution Green Ring ERDF partner luka@priroda-zagrebacka.hr CROATIA
Public Institution Ljubljansko barje Nature Park ERDF partner ana.tratnik@ljubljanskobarje.si SLOVENIA
Public Company National Park “Una” LLC Bihać IPA partner jp.np.una@gmail.com BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
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Project News

  • Sava TIES - GET TO KNOW THE INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS - Common milkweed
    - 18-01-2021
    GET TO KNOW THE INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS - Common milkweed

    Common milkweed is a robust herbaceous perennial, 80 to 150 cm high. It has a branched network of roots that is like a rootstock (underground stem), which enables new stems to grow very successfully from these underground parts, making common...

  • Sava TIES - Elementary school workshop on invasive alien plants
    - 21-12-2020
    Elementary school workshop on invasive alien plants

    On 11 December, a workshop was held in Ivo Andrić elementary school in Zagreb with the aim of informing elementary school students about the topic of invasive alien species. By playing games and taking part in an interactive workshop, these...

  • Sava TIES - Meeting of SavaParks Network partners – Christmas edition
    - 15-12-2020
    Meeting of SavaParks Network partners – Christmas edition

    Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, a virtual meeting of SavaParks Network members was held in the run-up to Christmas holidays. Network members representatives met for a two-day meeting held on 7 and 8 December 2020. The topics of the...

  • Sava TIES - AWARENESS RAISING EVENTS
    - 23-10-2020
    AWARENESS RAISING EVENTS

    As a part of the Sava TIES project, three awareness raising events on invasive alien species were held in Croatia and Serbia in September and October. Two events were organized at Lonjsko polje Nature Park (Croatia) and one in Serbia (Special...

  • Sava TIES - 6TH STEERING COMMITTEE ON-LINE MEETING
    - 09-10-2020
    6TH STEERING COMMITTEE ON-LINE MEETING

    Despite the global corona virus pandemic, a successful meeting of project partners and 20 SavaParks Network members took place from 5th to 7th October 2020. SavaParks Network consists of about 20 members from 13 different institutions and 5...

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