A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE WETLAND - DANUBEPARKS

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A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF THE WETLAND - DANUBEPARKS

A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OFTHE WETLANDCopyright JUPP Kopački rit


- Kopački rit is an area of international importanceaccording to the Ramsar Convention from 1993- A unique wetland- More than 20 000 marshbirds stay here- Rare and threatened species and communities- on the List of Important Bird Areas (IBA)


SignificanceOne of the largest wetlands inCentral EuropeFloodplain of the Danube riverParts of land and water areranged mosaically and changetheir size, form and functiondepending on the quantity ofinflowing waterEcological conditions enabledevelopment of various plantcommunities and fauna


Ecological importanceGreat biodiversityMore than 2000 biologicalspecies296 bird species55 mammals44 fish species11 species of amphibians10 species of reptiles…Great population of otherrare and endangeredspecies


Flora and Fauna of Kopački rit


Plants of Kopački rit- White willows- Reeds- White water lily- Yellow lily- Yellow floating heart- Iris


Tikveš Castle Complexcultural and historical valuesBeautiful old oak forestsRich history(royal Habsburg family,Josip Broz Tito…)Famous hunting areaRich wildlifeSchool in natureFieldwork with childrenChapel of the Popes BlessingWeddings in nature…


RecreationFishingHorseback ridingBirdwatchingHorse carriage ridingPhoto-safariBoat tourHikingBiking


Local population- Local events- Wine tasting- Workshops- Traditional meals- Accommodation


International co-operation- Danube-Drava National Park, Hungary- ECNC (European Centre for Nature Conservation),Holland- ARC Nature, Holland- Landbouw, natuur en voedselkwaliteit, Holland- Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (Informest), Italy- Blue Danube, Serbia- Donau Auen, Austria- Neusiedler See, Austria- Many mutual projects with other countries alongthe Danube River concerning tourism and natureconservation


Visitors in the Nature ParkVisitors number increase from 1999-200940000350003000025000200001500010000500001999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009


Foreign visitorsNumber of the most frequent foreign visitors in 2009300025112500200015001000500723554 402241 1470Hungary Slovenia Germany USA Austria Italy


Plans for 2010:- Opening of new nature trail “Old Elm”3000 m long- Tours with small boats- New bicycle route – 9 km- Additional small visitor's centre in Tikveš


THANK YOU!www.kopacki-rit.hrNature Park Kopački rit Management OfficeTitov Dvorac 131328 LugTel: 031/752 320Fax: 031/752-321

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