Kozara protection and restoration, Bosnia Herzegovina

The aim of Klekovoca Mountaineering Society is to create conditions for mountaineering activities, protect nature through educational activities, construction and maintenance of hiking trails, organising activities and events, all giving special attention to protection and conservation of Mount Kozara.
Zeciji Kamen Waterfall
Zeciji Kamen Waterfall

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The Project

Kozara National Park is one of the most visited protected areas in Bosnia Herzegovina which draws over 100,000 visitors annually. Zeciji Kozara is one of the best known and loved routes in the park to a natural rocky viewpoint.  However it is also one of the most heavily used and the trail is now severely damaged as are surrounding habitats, as visitors create new tracks to avoid eroded ones. The project will
- create an alternative 4 km long route, to protect the fragile habitats of hop hornbeam, flowering ash, yew and their associated wildlife and watercourses, minimising negative human impact on local habitat and biodiversity
- restore habitat by planting 1500 saplings of European yew
- engage outdoor enthusiasts through hands-on work and volunteering activities
- promote the new path by producing leaflets and organising guided walks for the local community.

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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage