WWF: Declare Mojsinjske planine and Stalac gorge a protected area

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WWF, the World Organization for Nature Protection and the Organization for Political Ecology Polekol have sent an initiative to the city of Krusevac and the municipalities of Cicevac and Razanj to initiate the procedure for declaring the Mojsinje Mountains and Stalac Gorge a protected area due to their exceptional natural, cultural and social features.

In the previous period, all three local governments showed understanding and interest in the protection and preservation of this area, which is why now is the right time to, in accordance with the Law on Nature Protection, turn to the Institute for Nature Protection and start an important effort to establish protection. WWF Adria statement.

“Protection of this area is of great importance for the preservation of natural and cultural resources, but also the sustainable development of the municipalities of Razanj and Cicevac, as well as the City of Krusevac because it will enable the growth of important branches of green economy such as sustainable tourism,” said Strahinja Macic from Polekol. -a.

According to the statement, in 2013, the Institute for Nature Protection prepared a study for the protection of the landscape of exceptional features of the Mojsinjska mountain and the Stalac gorge of South Morava, which was not recognized by the decision maker. The proclamation of protection is of strategic interest for the city of Krusevac and the municipalities of Cicevac and Razanj, but also of national importance, bearing in mind that only about 7.8 percent of the total territory in Serbia is still under protection, according to the WWF.

“Not only do we have a small percentage of protected territory, but protected areas are also unevenly distributed. Along with Velika and Južna Morava, which represent one of the most important ecological corridors, we practically do not have protected areas. That is why it is extremely important to start the process of protecting the Mojsinje Mountains and the Stalac Gorge “, adds Goran Sekulić from WWF.

Protected areas are key to preserving biodiversity and local development, as well as preserving cultural and historical heritage. The area of ​​the Mojsinje Mountains has a specific geological structure and as such is one of the oldest terrains in Serbia and abounds in cultural heritage from the ancient, Roman, Byzantine and medieval periods. The Stalac gorge, with a length of 24 kilometers and a depth of 300 meters, is a unique geological and landscape phenomenon.

WWF and Polekol will continue to actively advocate and provide support to local governments in the field of protection of this area.

Source: WWF Adria

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