Neretva Science Week 2022 – shedding light on the biodiversity of the upper Neretva River valley, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Authors

  • Gabriel Singer Innsbruck University, Department of Ecology, Technikerstrasse 25, A-6020 Innsbruck
  • Ulrich Eichelmann Riverwatch, Society for the Protection of Rivers, Neustiftgasse 36, A-1070 Vienna
  • Vera Knook Riverwatch, Society for the Protection of Rivers, Neustiftgasse 36, A-1070 Vienna
  • Steven Weiss University of Graz, Institute of Biology, Universitätsplatz 2, A-8010 Graz
  • Vladimir Topić Center for Environment, Miše Stupara 5, 78 000 Banja Luka
  • Jelena Ivanić Center for Environment, Miše Stupara 5, 78 000 Banja Luka
  • Špela Borko Riverwatch, Society for the Protection of Rivers, Neustiftgasse 36, A-1070 Vienna
  • Maja Zagmajster University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, SubBioLab, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.25.3.5-13

Keywords:

Save the Blue Heart of Europe, Scientists for Balkan Rivers, public outreach, scientific storytelling, hydropower, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation

Abstract

Many rivers in the Balkans are at risk due to numerous planned hydropower plants. The Save the Blue Heart of Europe campaign and the Scientists for Balkan Rivers network are important initiatives trying to promote the protection of the region’s intact rivers. In summer 2022, a Science Week was organised in the upper Neretva River valley. From 26.6. to 5.7.2022, a diverse team of in total nearly 60 scientists and students from seven countries were involved in fieldwork on about a dozen common field sites distributed along the upper Neretva River. The 13 contributions published in this special issue draw an impressive picture of high biodiversity in this understudied area. Altogether, more than 1000 species of animals and plants were documented, numerous of them protected, underscoring the extremely high conservation value of the various ecosystems in the upper Neretva river valley.

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Published

31.12.2023

How to Cite

Singer, G., Eichelmann, U., Knook, V., Weiss, S., Topić, V., Ivanić, J., Borko, Špela, & Zagmajster, M. (2023). Neretva Science Week 2022 – shedding light on the biodiversity of the upper Neretva River valley, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Natura Sloveniae, 25(3), 5–13. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.25.3.5-13

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