Participants of the panel discussion (© M. Lenac)

Second LIFE Conference “Results and Benefits of LIFE Projects” Held

Zagreb – Second LIFE Conference was held on 12th February 2019, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia. The conference was an opportunity to present successful Croatian and international projects co-financed through the LIFE programme.

Project manager Zdenko Kereša presented the DRAVA LIFE project, while Jasmin Sadiković, project coordinator, participated in a panel discussion on the integration of LIFE projects into public policies and legislation.

Zdenko Kereša presenting DRAVA LIFE project (© M. Lenac)

Participants of the panel discussion (© M. Lenac)










Apart from project presentations and a panel discussion, LIFE conference included an exhibition of LIFE projects implemented in Croatia. Representatives of project partners distributed promotional materials and additional information about the DRAVA LIFE project to interested participants.

Representatives of DRAVA LIFE project at the project exhibition (© WWF)

DRAVA LIFE team at the Second LIFE Conference (© WWF)








More information about the Second LIFE Conference can be found on the website of the LIFE programme Croatia.

Participants of the expert conference in Čakovec, Croatia

DRAVA LIFE project presented on an expert conference in Čakovec

Čakovec – Expert conference on “Birdwatching Tourism in Continental Croatia and its Development Opportunities” was held from 31st January to 1st February 2019 in Čakovec. The event was organized by the Public Institution Međimurska priroda and supported by several tourism and nature protection institutions. The goal of the conference was to bring together all relevant stakeholders in the birdwatching sector of tourism and present existing possibilities and birdwatching tours offered by e.g. Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, Kopački Rit Nature Park and others.

Participants of the expert conference in Čakovec, Croatia (© Međimurska priroda)

Branka Španiček presenting Drava LIFE project (© Međimurska priroda)











DRAVA LIFE project and its activities connected to the development of Nature Visitor Guidance Plan and Action Plan for River Birds were presented by Branka Španiček (WWF Adria). The establishment of a joint visitor guidance framework for the whole Drava River section in Croatia is particularly important for the protection of sensitive bird species such as the white-tailed eagle (Halietus albicilla), black stork (Cioconia nigra) or little and common tern (Sternula albifrons and Sterna hirundo).

Birdwatching on the Drava River (© WWF)

The Visitor Guidance Plan aims at the harmonization of existing recreational or touristic uses with the needs of nature and nature conservation concepts, reduction of existing conflicts and the creation of benefits for both visitors and nature conservation. On the other hand, to ensure protection of sensitive bird species in highly international area, the future 5-country Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”, DRAVA LIFE project partners are developing an Action Plan for River Birds. The development of such an action plan for selected river bird species is the first step towards the establishment of long-term preservation measures.

More information on the expert conference can be found here (Croatian language).