BEST PRACTICES
Discovering the Diversity of the alpine ascomycetous fungi in severely vulnerable ecosystems of glacial and other mountainous lakes in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mycological Society MYCOBH, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mycobiota in Bosnia and Herzegovina in general is still poorly studied, while fungal diversity in mountainous lakes is completely unknown. These lakes often represent remote and isolated habitats with harsh weather conditions and pronounce subalpine to alpine climate. In these extreme habitat types, some of the highly endangered and rare fungal species might occur. The aim of this project is therefore to record and identify fungi inhabiting some of the most important glacial and mountainous lakes in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop a preliminary checklist. Mountains cover large areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina ́s territory. With a mean altitude of 625 meters a.s.l. it is one of the highest countries in Southeastern Europe. Most of its mountains belong to the Dinaric Alps that stretch in the northwest- southeast direction through several countries. These mountains are built from different geological components and are home to scattered and various types of freshwater ecosystems many of which are well preserved and isolated primarily thanks to their remoteness and unapproachability. The alpine mycobiota of Southeast Europe is poorly understood in general. A significant number of mountainous lakes exists, which mainly originated from glacial activity in the high mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose mycobiota is still completely unexplored. Therefore, these specific habitat types could be one of the last well-preserved alpine reservoirs for some extremely rare stenovalent fungal species.
Entity borders: ecological-tourist routes
Association of Citizens "Planina" Teslić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Our goal is to turn the beautiful area "Three Peaks" (Martinski Vis, Smolin and Veliki Vis) into a protected nature park and prospective tourist destination. It would cross two entity borders and benefit the citizens of both entities by creating jobs fostering the inter-entity cooperation and creating recreative opportunities like huts for hikers, bike paths, walks and more.
Julian Alps SUMP
Posoški Razvojni Center, Slovenia
Developing a sustainable urban mobility plan for the UNESCO MAB area of the Julian Alps by using a bottom up process to apply contemporary and tailored mobility measures as an answer to growing pressures from tourism while trying to follow synergies for the inhabitants.
Moj eko bon (My eco voucher)
Forum za zastitu okolisa opcine Lukavac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Protect the environment, collect vouchers! Every activity helping the environment, recorded and sent to our e-mail, will be evaluated and rewarded with „my eco vouchers" (1 „my eco voucher" worth 1 BAM) which can be used in designated pastry shops and cafes. Along with a short description, the received material will be published on the Facebook page together with other educational content to raise awareness and encourage individuals and groups to take measures for the protection of the environment.
Rehabilitation of sand dunes in the Buna River-Velipoje
GO2_Sustainable Urban Planning Organization, Albania
The project goal is the rehabilitation of sand dunes in Buna River Estuary, Velipoje, Shkoder, through the planting of 0.8 ha of indigenous plants - which is proposed as the most sustainable and natural solution to prevent coastal erosion. For this purpose, a typical first line dune plant the "Ammophila Arenaria L." or marram grass is planted (6000 reeds) by the local community applying the layering method. It strengthens the vegetative belt, mitigates the impact of coastal erosion and contributes to the stability of the sand dunes.
From bio waste management to friendly and sustainable nutrition
Organic agriculture production Marušić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Since 2008 our organic agricultural household is located, where the Bosnian queen Katarina Kosača Kotromanić had the best grapes in her vineyards, now called Vinogradi in Kakanj town. We manage it respecting organic sustainable agricultural principles by maintaining an ecological balance and using natural resources. The long-term project is to set up a biorefinery which will serve our local society by transforming its waste into high quality fertilizer, reducing littering, mineral fertilizer manufacturing and pollution, in general.
Sustainaware
Institute for Health and Environment, Slovenia
The project promotes “climate literacy” among Central European youth and provides educational resources about climate change mitigation through non-formal approaches.
Platform for diaspora knowledge gain in the fields of renewable energy and circular economy in Albania (QARKON)
Young Shapers of Albania Hub, Albania
The Qarkon Platform aims to create more knowledge and engagement for a circular economy and renewable energies. It includes the scientific contribution of the researchers from the Albanian diaspora resuting from the implementation of their research-based solutions.
The eco toy library
Ecological association “Krka” Knin, Croatia
The eco library of toys operates on a voluntary basis and offers free membership for children who can donate and borrow toys. The first one of this kind in Croatia opened in Knin and today it is in 7 towns. It contributes to saving money and resources, to raising awareness of environmental protection and sustainable waste management and encourages re-use. The realization of this project is an innovative approach because with the support of institutions and associations it spreads to the organized collection and distribution of toys, books, clothing and others.
Urban gardens Gregovica
City of Pula, Department for spatial planning and environmental protection, Croatia
The “Urban gardens Gregovica” project is located in the city of Pula, on a piece of city-owned land (total 6000m2) subdivided into 89 plots of about 50m2 each and 1 social garden of 1500m2. The plots are intended for the cultivation of plants and to be used by citizens that don’t own a garden. The gardens are equipped with gardening tools and water infrastructure. The social garden is intended to be used by an NGO which has the task to cultivate vegetables and organize lectures about sustainable gardening.