Dinara back to LIFE – Management planning and restoration of Dinara dry grasslands to save biodiversity and support sustainable development LIFE18 NAT/HR/000847
Duration of the project:
15.1. 2020. – 15.6. 2023.
EU co – financing:
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatian Forests, Local Action Group Cetina Region.
Web page: Dinara back to LIFE
About the project:
The former pastures of the Dinara area, which have been used for grazing cattle since ancient times, are now largely neglected. Unused pastures are becoming more and more impassable vegetation every day, and Dinara is losing the specifics of natural values and biological diversity. In addition to losing pastures and all their flora and fauna, the lives of people are dying out on the Dinara
When pastures are not used, they heal and lose the characteristics that contribute to the richness of biological diversity. Wider species are also developing that are dominant and damage grasslands as a habitat type, losing habitat characteristics and turning into another type. Although other habitat types have their importance in biological terms, it is their balance, ie the possibility of survival of different types, that gives the best results for many species, but also for humans.
In order to preserve the Dinara, revive its pastures and preserve bird species whose survival depends on the preservation of the Dinaric habitat, we launched the project “Dinara back to LIFE”. In addition to professional conservation activities for the restoration of dry lawns, planning good grazing and controlled burning, and other accompanying tasks, our goal is to revive and protect its pristine nature.
Following the implementation of preparatory activities, conservation measures are planned, which include: procurement of herds, renovation of key fences, watering places and paths and installation of new ones, restoration of lawns with bush cleaning, controlled burning and planned grazing, and creation of lawn management. The effects of the activities will be monitored as well as their impact on the socio-economic component. Stakeholders and target groups will be actively involved and networked with support in communication to disseminate project results and raise public awareness, and an educational campaign on sustainable lawn use is planned.