Citizens’ association “Bela Čaplja 1165” organized an action called “Day in Nature” in Belgrade yesterday, with the aim of cleaning the banks of the Danube. The action was organized as part of the international cleaning of the Danube, which is called “DonauCleanUp”, and which takes place in the Danube countries on September 10, and for the second time here in Serbia.
The central location of the event in Belgrade was in Krnjaca, in the Danube Park area. About thirty citizens participated in the cleaning action, including members of the “White Heron” association, and on that occasion over 100 bags of garbage were collected. According to Ana Džakić, a member of the association, the garbage found on the coast mostly comes from the river itself, which throws it onto the shore during high water levels, usually in the spring, and their association organizes the cleaning of this area every year.
The company “Sekopak” forwarded the collected garbage to sorting and recycling, and among the garbage there was mostly plastic, glass and styrofoam.
The citizens, together with the members of the “White Heron” association, were able to enjoy socializing in nature after the cleaning operation. The youngest participants had the opportunity to be part of a children’s workshop with beekeeper Radman, who has his beehives right in the area of the Danube Park, but also to enjoy the performance of falconer Hani Girgis.
On that occasion, Mr. Girgis spoke about the importance of preserving this part of the Danube bank, which is located not far from the very center of Belgrade.
The area has a rich fauna, and when it comes to birds of prey, in this small stretch of just one kilometer, two pairs of white-tailed eagles nest, which have produced a total of three young. There are also hen hawks, buzzards, harriers and harriers. In addition to birds, the fauna of this area consists of mammals such as beaver, otter, jackal, fox, roe deer, wild boar, badger, rabbit and European deer that is passing through. Finally, this stream is also the main spawning ground for fish.
“This left bank of the Danube is the last oasis in Belgrade that has such a concentration of wildlife. Not even the Great War Island has such a concentration of birds, as Krnjača, Kotež and Kovilovo have,” says Hani Girgis. He points out that this is a nature reserve that has protected and strictly protected species, which is why it is important to prevent any type of activity that could endanger these animals.
“Eagles have no natural enemies, even in the mountains bears, wolves and lynx avoid eagles. It is only man who has a negative effect on them,” concludes the falconer Girgis.
In addition to Hana Giris, Miloš Milenković, a member of the “Bela Čaplja” association, as well as Katarina Majić, an environmental activist and member of the “Protect Zvezdarska šuma” association, addressed the audience. Attendees and speakers had the opportunity to discuss important environmental topics in nature, under the trees, which is why this part of the event was symbolically called the “Conversation under the tree”. On that occasion, the attendees were reminded of the success achieved by the preservation of the Reva pond, but also of their struggle to further protect this area and declare it a Danube Park.
Katarina Majić spoke about the importance of water conservation, especially rivers, as well as the challenges we have as a country when it comes to rivers.
“We need to be aware that more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but about 98 percent of that water is in the oceans. Therefore, only two percent of the water is fresh water. Of that fresh water, 79 percent refers to water frozen in polar ice caps or glaciers, and 20 percent is underground water. So, something around one percent is available to the living world of planet Earth, including us humans. If we bear in mind the limitation of this resource, the impact of climate change, and less and less clean water, it is clear to what extent the often mentioned claim that in the future wars will be fought over water can easily come true,” said Katarina Majić.
She reminded that there are a number of problems in Serbia when it comes to water. According to her, there is almost no infrastructure for wastewater treatment, both from households and factories.
“Our largest cities, Belgrade and Novi Sad, pour all their sewage content directly into the Sava and Danube. In addition, we had an infestation of MHE on small rivers in the mountainous areas of eastern, southeastern and western Serbia, which after monitoring that lasted for 20 years, were rated as the cleanest waters in our country. We also have the problem of arsenic-contaminated water in Vojvodina, Zrenjanin, which has had no drinking water for 18 years, but also a number of other unsolved problems, such as the Sava embankment, on which there are 19 reni wells that supply Belgrade with quality drinking water from underground water. There is also a permanent shortage of environmental protection inspectors, as well as an inconsistent policy of punishing polluters. A big problem is that at the end of last year our oldest institute “Jaroslav Černi” was privatized, which performed activities of general interest and participated in all activities on water protection and management since 1947, when it was founded,” says Katarina. Majic.
She added that the potential of our country lies in the available amounts of underground water, especially in the area of central Serbia, as well as in solving the loss on the networks, where more than a third of the produced drinking water is lost annually.
By the end of the day, those present had the opportunity to enjoy the concert of King Čačak.
The association “Bela Čaplja” was founded in 2018. It was created spontaneously, through socializing and the desire of several friends to do something good for nature. The members of this association invite all interested citizens to join them and provide support in further nature conservation actions, but also to discuss these topics with their friends and the youngest, because raising awareness and educating children is the only way to succeed in the fight for a healthy environment. environment.
In addition to Krnjača, the cleaning campaign was also organized at the locations of Zemunski kej, Dorćol, Padinska skela and Borča.
Source: Energy Portal of Serbia by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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