Not only Prijedor can bear the burden, but also the benefits of NP Kozara

17.01.2021. / 16:16

PRIJEDOR – In Kozara National Park they point out that they want good relations with all entities whose activities take place on the mountain and the essence is to find a common language, but it must be known that Republika Srpska owns the land given to manage the Park and that the Park is the holder of all functions, project and regulatory plans.

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“From now on, nothing can be done without a clear decision and the attitude of the Park management. Whoever exists above, it is quite natural and logical to cooperate with the Park and respect the decisions of the Park that will be for the benefit of all, but which must not be to the detriment of the Park “, said Srni, the acting director of the Kozara National Park, Božidar Nikoletić.

According to him, caterers, mountaineers, hunters, skiers, citizens’ associations, athletes, recreationists, scouts and all other entities in Kozara are, conditionally speaking, tenants.

“We don’t want to skip them, but they have to adapt to the Park, not the Park to them. Also, when it comes to local self-government units, not only Prijedor can bear neither the burden, nor the benefits related to the Park. I will talk about the future of the Park with the mayors and chiefs, first of Gradiška and Kozarska Dubica, whose territories, like Prijedor, border the Park, and then Banja Luka, Novi Grad and Kostajnica, which gravitate to Kozari. “, said Nikoletic, who took over the duty of the first man of the Park at the end of December.

The increase in the number of visitors was recorded by all national parks in the region, and some even doubled, due to travel restrictions in the year of the corona. Thus, NPK had a record 134,000 visitors, about 4,000 more than in 2019. The data is not complete since the entrances are not precisely registered either from the direction of Gradiška, where a toll ramp is being installed these days, or from the direction of Kozarska Dubica, where the road to the Moštanica monastery is paved, and further there is a forest road that can be used by off-road with relatively little investment, it could also be trained for passenger vehicles.

“This year, we plan to build and arrange a part of that section that is part of the Park. We expect the municipality and forestry of Kozarska Dubica to do the same for the part outside the Park, and it is necessary to make omissions in three places ”, stated Nikoletić.

In addition, short-term plans include reorganization of business in structural and personal terms, renovation of two existing bungalows and construction of another, rehabilitation of stairs, expansion of park adventures, development of info center, adaptation of museums, arrangement of picnic areas and climbing areas, strengthening winter service and road construction. from the villa of the Government of the Republic of Srpska to the ski slopes, which would relieve the existing communication and, eventually, increase the parking capacity.

“A contractor was chosen at the tender and the works should start, but a problem arose because the projected road covers a ski slope of some five or six meters in one place. If we moved it, then the second part would make our work much more expensive because we would need retaining walls and a lot of embankments, and I think it would be more useful to invest that money in arranging additional parking spaces along this new road wherever there is space for it. “, Nikoletić explained.

He pointed out that the business of the Park is financially stable, that half of 1.4 million marks a year is provided by the Government of Republika Srpska, and half of the Park from its own revenues such as ticket sales, sanitary felling and hunting, and that development projects are implemented with assistance from donor funds and in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Fund, the UN Development Program, the Agency for Economic Development of the City of Prijedor “PREDA-PD”, tourism organizations…

“In that way, we achieve sustainability and, conditionally speaking, less investment. All long-term plans, whether under current spatial and regulatory documents or whether they are revised, require the involvement of all entities – Government and line ministries, surrounding local communities, foreign donors and serious investors, as only capital investments can significantly increase capacity utilization. Kozara, which is now at only about ten percent. “, Nikoletić emphasized.

The only hotel in Mrakovica is in bankruptcy and potential investors are being sought, and wellness tourism is expanding, which Kozari lacks and which would create a top destination in combination with what it already has – natural resources of flora and fauna, rich historical heritage, local gastronomic offer and sports and recreational grounds for cycling, hiking, quads…

“This ratio of short-term and long-term investment can be clearly seen in the example of hunting where our income is minimal, which could be, and out of 16,000 hectares of the total area of ​​the Park, only 4,000 hectares in the memorial zone should not be hunted. Groups of seven 14 hunters are allowed to hunt on 12,000 hectares at a price of 300 KM per day, and, say, one shot roe deer is 625 KM. However, we only have two checks from the infrastructure ”, stated Nikoletić.

He added that he ordered the installation of new checks and the arrangement of clover plots where the roe deer would come out, as well as that hunting grounds could be offered to Germans, Austrians, Norwegians and Italians.

“That’s what we can do on our own, but we need help with everything else you need to have if you want to attract foreigners. These are a hunting lodge to accommodate a minimum of 20 people, with a living room and saunas, dog houses, because they do not keep them in the trunk, veterinarians available 24 hours a day… Well, we can not do it alone and therefore the key link of all entities in the interest of Kozara developing as a top tourist destination for all 12 months of the year ”, Nikoletić concluded.

He added that the mountain with 806 meters above sea level does not have many snowy days a year, as well as that on the weekends before the opening of the ski season, five to six thousand people came to Kozara, as much as when skiing is in full swing. Roe deer


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