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

With a catchment area of over 97,800 km2 and a length of 926 km, flowing through 4 countries, the river Sava is the largest tributary of the Danube by discharge. The river Sava is an important natural ecological corridor, its importance reflected in the size and number of protected areas. 

River corridors, vital parts of ecological networks, are proved to be pathways of alien invasive species (IAS) expansions, demanding transboundary river-basin wide approach. Invasive plants destroy the natural habitats and the corridor connectivity, demanding increasing input into biodiversity conservation activities, at the same time causing damage also to water management, forestry, agriculture and other key sectors.

The SavaParks network of protected areas in the Sava River basin, established in 2015 to jointly respond to nature conservation challenges in the area, has identified the spreading of IAS as one of key challenges, threatening the connectivity in the Sava River basin, mainly due to lack of cooperation of cross-sectoral stakeholders to find harmonised solutions for best practices for habitat preservation and restoration, lack of data to understand the extent of the threat of IAS and consequently lack of efficient common approach to tackling the issue, as well as lack of cross-sectoral, coordinated policies to efficiently tackle the issue.
The Sava TIES project will address these challenges and develop a strategic framework for cross-sectoral, transnational management, control and eradication of IAS in the Sava River basin.Through development of tools, mapping and monitoring protocols, capacity building and joint development and pilot implementation of measures, we will reduce habitat fragmentation and improve the connectivity of the transnational ecological corridor.

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.

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


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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 activities planning
    - 05-12-2018
    Pilot activities planning

    Considering the fact that invasive alien species (hereinafter: IAS) are among the two biggest global threats to biodiversity, posing as a huge ecological, economical and health threat, a special attention within DTP Sava TIES project is being...

  • Sava TIES - United in protection of the Sava River basin
    - 05-10-2018
    United in protection of the Sava River basin

    The SavaParks network received an EU grant for its new project. „The value of Sava TIES project is EUR 1,604,137! In the next three years this new and innovative project will be implemented in the four countries through which the Sava River runs....

  • Sava TIES - Kick-off Event and 2nd Steering Committee Meeting Announcement
    - 26-09-2018
    Kick-off Event and 2nd Steering Committee Meeting Announcement

    Next week, from 1st till 4th October 2018, the Sava TIES Initial Public Kick-off Event and the 2nd Steering Committee Meeting will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia. During the initial Kick-off Event, which will be held on the first day, the Sava...

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