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Opuzen, March 6, 2015

AGROMETEOROLOGY IN THE SERVICE TO THE USERS –„Environmental protection, wildfire and agriculture”

In its operation, the Croatian Agrometeorological Society continues in 2015 with the activities of promoting all branches of agrometeorological science through lectures on agrometeorological seminars and workshops.

As the Neretva region extends into a very sensitive area due to climate change, it is necessary to protect it. Today, in that cultivated area, only the fragmented remains of once unique Mediterranean marshes have been preserved. Five localities, in the total area of ​​1,557 ha, are protected in the category of ornithological reserve (Pod Gredom, Prud and Orepak), Ichthyological-ornithological reserve (Neretva Ušće) or protected landscape (Modrooko and Lake Desne). From the standpoint of biological and landscape diversity, the Neretva delta is not only one of the most valuable areas in Croatia, but also internationally. Therefore, the entire delta is included in the European ecological network Natura 2000 with the aim of preserving habitats and species. However, every year in the fall and spring, there are fires in which all the big fields of reed are burning and threaten birds and their nesting. The last fire broke out at the very beginning of this year. Encouraged by all of this, the Croatian Agrometeorological Society will organize Four agrometeorological workshop "Environmental Protection, wildfire and agriculture" in Opuzen on March 6, 2015.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform as many direct users to which agrometeorological information is necessary for their activities, all with the aim to preserve and protect the environment, microclimate, biodiversity and Mediterranean vegetation, and encourage rural development to enable the local population to improve the quality of life. Lectures are aimed to students of agricultural profession, agronomists, farmers, fruit growers, wine growers, beekeepers, firefighters, hunters and foresters, but also policy makers to help them develop sustainable development strategies. Incorporating the results of agrometeorological research on vegetation fire protection, which users will hear on workshops, will certainly help improve and advance prevention methods to preserve forests and other vegetation, and thus biodiversity, in the wider Neretva area.

Sponsor

  • Ministry of Environment and Nature

Organizer

  • Croatian Agrometeorological Society

  • Dubrovnik-Neretva County

Co-organizers

  • Meteorological and Hydrological Service

  • Public Institution for the Management of Protected Natural Areas ​​in Dubrovnik-Neretva County

  • Croatian firefighting association

  • Firefighting association of Dubrovnik-Neretva County

  • Croatian Forests, Forest Administration Split

  • Agricultural Advisory Service

  • The City of Opuzen

  • Secondary agricultural and technical school in Opuzen

  • Neretva Fruit Orchard Association of Mandarin Opuzen

  • Local Action Group Neretva

  • The Metković Tourist Board

  • Ornithological Society "Brkatasjenica", Metković

Financial support – Competition for Environment and Nature

Dubrovnik-Neretva County

Donors

  • Meteorological and Hydrological Service

  • Croatian Forests, Forest Administration Split

 

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