Representatives of the local community on Tjentište and representatives of the National Park Sutjeska held a second meeting of the Collaborative Council within the WWF’s project “Protected areas for nature and people”, organized by WWF Adria and the park.
Focus of the meeting was on the harmonization of permanent members who are supposed to represent different sectors and who will be actively involved in the future activities with the aim of joint acting in the field of development of sustainable tourism in the National Park Sutjeska.
In the same period, rangers of National Park Sutjeska had an opportunity to learn more about the latest research on the biodiversity of Sutjeska.
Đorđije Milanović, expert for flora and fauna from Arbor Magna, held a workshop during which he presented information gathered through research of flora, fauna and fungi of main inflows in the National Park Sutjeska, as well as the living world of the mountain lakes, their situation, and their perspectives.
“Since the coastal living world has been researched very poorly, in the National Park Sutjeska and the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina alike, this project included researches and the gathered information were presented to the rangers. The aim of the workshop is to present a set of key information about the biodiversity of Sutjeska that they are supposed to share with tourists in order to inform them about the nature and make them care about the protection and sustainability of Sutjeska,” said Milanović.
In late June 2016, expedition consisting of the guides of Canyoning Association of Slovenia, representatives of the local rescue team, experts for flora and fauna and representatives of WWF, studies the possibilities for turning the canyon of Hrčavka into a sustainable tourist product – canyoning on Hrčavka.
“The canyon of Hrčavka enables the visitors to descent to the rocky area of the river, jump over the waterfalls and into them, and walk through the beautiful forests of the National Park Sutjeska. This kind of activity may sound like a big challenge, but if the parts of the canyon foreseen for canyoning are selected carefully and if they are adequately adjusted to tourism, this canyon can easily become a tourist-friendly experience. Well trained and experienced guides must be present in order to ensure the safety of tourists and enable them to fully enjoy the nature,” it was stated in observation of experts in canyoning.
Next step in the development of canyoning is training for canyoning guides. Thus, in parallel with a series of meetings and connecting of local communities, as well as of informing them about the significance of biodiversity of the National Park Sutjeska, active members of society and rangers of the NP Sutheska have an opportunity to participate in training for canyoning guides on the river Hrčavka, led by the guides of the Slovenian canyoning association, from October 5 until October 18 this year.