Serbia nominates part of its territory as biosphere reserve

BELGRADE -- The Republic of Serbia has nominated part of its territory for the UNESCO Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve.

A view of the Danube in northern Serbia (Tanjug)
A view of the Danube in northern Serbia (Tanjug)

According to Tanjug, it is the first protected biosphere region in the world, jointly managed by five countries - Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

The project is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and EuroNatura joint initiative to preserve the "European Amazon."

This joint "green vision" will be realized by establishing the biggest protected biosphere area, covering 800,000 hectares from Serbia to Austria.

The Mura-Drava-Danube reserve is a symbol of regional cooperation and sustainable development and an excellent example of an initiative linking the protection of biodiversity to cultural heritage protection, Tanjug said.

The area in Serbia spans over a total of 176,635 hectares in five municipalities – Sombor, Apatin, Odžaci, Bač, and Bačka Palanka – and has four protected areas, including the Upper Danube Basin and Karađorđevo special nature reserves.