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 - The Sava River Day
    - 01-06-2020
    The Sava River Day

    The Sava River Day is celebrated on June 1 in four countries in the basin of one of the most interesting and complex European rivers, the Sava River: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Celebration of this day has the aim of...

  • Sava TIES - Together for stronger and more efficient SavaParks Network
    - 28-05-2020
    Together for stronger and more efficient SavaParks Network

    Members of the SavaParks Network gathered for a three-day virtual meeting from 25 to 27 May 2020 and demonstrated yet again how joint efforts lead to a stronger network. This meeting of the member organizations' representatives is an activity of...

  • Sava TIES - GET TO KNOW THE INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS - False Indigo Bush
    - 22-04-2020
    GET TO KNOW THE INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS  - False Indigo Bush

    False Indigo Bush (Amorph fruticosa) grows as a glandular, thornless shrub that can reach 4 to 5 meters in height and spread to twice that in width. It originates from the central and eastern parts of North America where it grows in rare...

  • Sava TIES - 5th Steering Committee Meeting & 3rd Regional Online Workshop
    - 10-04-2020
    5th Steering Committee Meeting & 3rd Regional Online Workshop

    Despite the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, about 20 members of the SavaParks Network, from 13 different institutions and 5 countries, held a regional workshop and a meeting of all Network members using the virtual platform. In...

  • Sava TIES - Lectures on invasive species held in primary schools
    - 25-03-2020
    Lectures on invasive species held in primary schools

    Within the Sava TIES project lectures on invasive alien species were held in primary schools “Filip Višnjić” in Jamena and Morović (Srijem) during February 2020. During Biology classes, students were introduced to invasive alien species and...

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