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EcoSUSTAIN konferencija

The Public Institute of Krka National Park is host to an international event as part of the project: EcoSUSTAIN – Exchange of knowledge and networking of Mediterranean countries, held from 7 to 11 May 2018.

Other participants in the project, funded by the EU Interreg Mediterranean 2014-2020 project, are representatives from Italy, Greece, Spain and Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main objective of the project is to conserve aquatic ecosystems at selected locations, and to ensure their better management.

To bring together the numerous stakeholders from related fields of conservation, a joint technical meeting was held at the Juraj Šižgorić Library in Šibenik on Tuesday 8 May. At the meeting, all interested participants were able to learn about the project activities, and to obtain insight into the manner of monitoring water quality at Krka National Park, and other ecological activities, as explained by Igor Stanković from Croatian Waters, Maja Gligora Udović from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, and Neven Cukrov from the Ruđer Bošković Institute. Marine monitoring in line with the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and its implementation was outlined by Slavica Matijević from the Institute for Oceanography and Fisheries from Split.

The application of the EcoSUSTAIN project in Krka National Park was also outlined, with the implementing activity to install a sensor-equipped buoy for measuring water quality on Visovac Lake. The energy self-sustaining buoy is equipped with sensors to measure the physicochemical parameters of water and with accompanying systems for automatic relaying of the measured values in real time to the software system of the Public Institute of Krka National Park. All data are received in real-time, enabling timely reactions to any changes, actual or potential, that could degrade water quality. Meanwhile, in monitoring the work of the buoy, it will be possible to send other users feedback on their use, possible improvements and additional functionalities of the monitoring system. Furthermore, this will be the first time that data will be able to be exchanged with other protected areas in the Mediterranean, where we can together monitor changes and create a high quality database, which is one of the overall goals of the EcoSUSTAIN project. In the afternoon hours, a study visit to Visovac Lake and the site of the buoys was organised for all those interested.

By participating in this project and implementing new technologies, the Public Institute of Krka National Park is aiming to achieved better quality water quality monitoring. By installing the buoy in Visovac Lake, and through long-term monitoring of the main ecological factors that impact development and the survival of communities in the lake, this will enable better management and timely reactions to any observed changes, as preserving water quality and adequate flow is a priority task in the ecological protection of this area. Preserving the water quality of the Krka River and protecting the travertine-building processes is the mission of the Public Institute of Krka National Park. Participation in this project is an opportunity to achieve this important mission, and to work together with colleagues from Europe to exchange experiences and knowledge, as knowledge is multiplied only when it is divided.

The objective of the project EcoSUSTAIN - Ecological sustainable Governance of Mediterranean protected Areas via improved Scientific, Technical and Managerial Knowledge Base, is sustainable growth in the Mediterranean region, on the basis of improved management and integrated international cooperation in the management of protected areas, which can be achieved through the strengthening of capacities for such management, increasing the base of knowledge, and improvement of practices. This project will generate a strengthening of integrated management, cooperation and networking among protected areas, and ensure significant improvements in monitoring and managing waters, which will result in better preservation of water quality.