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40 million euros for the demining of Kopački rit and Regional park Mura-Drava


The project Demining, restoration and protection of forests and forest land in protected and Natura 2000 sites in the Danube-Drava region - Naturavita was presented on Wednesday at the dike along the Drava River in the municipality of Darda. At the same time the completion of the major project of demining of the Drava inundation zone in the area of municipalities of Jagodnjak, Darda and Petrijevci, worth 4.5 million euros, was marked. The EU representatives had conducted technical supervision yesterday.

Project Naturavita includes areas of the Nature Park Kopački Rit and the Regional Park Mura-Drava, on the border with Hungary. It will revitalize the forest areas protected by ecological network Natura 2000 and Ramsar Convention, and which are neglected and degraded due to actions during the Homeland war. At the presentation of the project were Raphaël Goulet and Tsvyatko Velikov from the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission.

The project holder is the Croatian Forests, and the partners are the Croatian Government, that is the Office for Mine Action, the Croatian Mine Action Centre, the Agency for Regional Development of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Waters and the Public Institution Nature Park Kopački rit.

The Director of the Office for Mine Action Diana Pleština pointed out how great is everything that was done for Croatia to get the money needed for demining.

- It is enormous money, 40 million euros, as a two of our annual budgets. We got them and thanks to the understanding of Mr. Goulet and his administration and our partners. With this project, our office and the Ministry of Agriculture withdrew 75 million euros for demining of agricultural areas. We have the money, and the point of it all is to create development projects that will help us in the long run to become pleasant land we want - said Pleština.

Member of the Board of the Croatian Forests Ivan Ištok stressed that this is a large project that brings together more institutions.

- Most importantly, we will revitalize areas that had not been in use. It is important that we entered the protected area, where we will return native forests that once existed here - said Ištok.

Osijek-Baranja County prefect Vladimir Šišljagić said that by the end of this year all agricultural land in the Osijek-Baranja County will be cleared.

- With the project Naturavita forest areas will be demined as well - added Šišljagić.

Assistant Director of the Department for operational planning and programming of Croatian Mine Action Centre Tomislav Ban said that in Croatia there are still 461 square kilometers of MSA, in ten counties, that is areas in 75 municipalities and cities. Until now, 500 square kilometers were demined from which 68,000 mines and 114,000 different unexploded ordnance were removed. Thereby, 4.5 billion HRK was spent for mine action. Vukovar-Srijem County will be fully demined this year. In the area of Osijek-Baranja County, according to Mr. Ban, there are 70.5 square kilometers still contaminated with mines, mostly forest areas and areas of Kopački rit, while 90 square kilometers were demined.



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