Mura-Drava-Danube, a symbol of unity
07 August 2012 | Article
The transboundary river ecosystem of the Danube, Drava and Mura Rivers forms 700 kilometers long “green belt” connecting more than 800,000 hectares of highly valuable natural and cultural landscapes in five countries: Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Serbia. Once protected as a Transboundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the “Mura-Drava-Danube” area shall become a symbol of unity for these countries.
A coherent network of 13 protected areas along the rivers highlight their ecological values, including the world famous Kopački Rit Nature Park in the Danube-Drava confluence, the Drava-Mura Regional Park in Croatia, the Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve in Serbia, the Danube-Drava National Park in Hungary as well as many Natura 2000 sites in Slovenia and Austria.
Actively engaged on the establishment of a cross-border natural area, Serbia will submit the Biosphere Reserve nomination for sites on its territory which will then form part of the transboundary natural asset Mura-Drava-Danube. The nominations will be submitted for:
Special Nature Reserve Gornje Podunavlje
Protection status: Special Nature Reserve, Ramsar Site
Size: 19,605 ha
Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve is located east of the Danube in the Vojvodina region. It is one of the few remaining massive floodplains in Serbia. Recently, the nearly extinct ship sturgeon has been caught at Apatin. To this day, traditional methods of management such as fisheries are still an important source of income for the local communities.
Special Nature Reserve Karadjordjevo
Protection status: Special Nature Reserve
Size: 2,955 ha
Special Nature Reserve Karadjordjevo is characterized by well-preserved autochthonous willow and poplar marshy forests and mosaics of forest and swampy communities abundant in rare plant and animal species, as well as autochthonous game species (deer, wild boar etc.).
Nature Park Tikvara
Protection status: Nature Park
Size: 508 ha
Nature Park Tikvara comprises autochthonous wetland swampy and forest ecosystems that represent mosaics of biomes and habitats of rare plant (white and yellow water lily) and animal (especially ichthyofauna) species.