Through traditional animal husbandry, a five-member family has prevented the succession of 500 m2 of pastures with 300 sheep of Dalmatian Pramenka, 50 Coloured goats and 10 Buša cows.
Public Institution of Krka National Park
Krka National Park
Management plan that allows grazing in some parts of the protected area
The Nature Protection Act allows animal husbandry within the protected area
Support of the competent Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature
Restoration of habitats (prevention of succession) and reduction of fire hazard. Preservation of autochthonous breeds (Dalmatian Pramenka, Coloured goats, Buša cows, Tornjak, Croatian Sheepdog).
Economic: The workforce of the public institution NP Krka in charge of the maintenance, tools and fuel.
Social: The beginning of cooperation with the livestock farmers, enabling traditional usage of space, an increase in the offer of the Park, direct involvement of the local population in the work of the protected area - a good relationship with the local population guarantees the protection of the Park.
Economic: Cost savings since there is no need to pay concession to Hrvatske šume.
Social: A positive example of cooperation with the local community. The preservation of the traditional animal husbandry and motivating the population to engage in animal husbandry. The possibility of bigger herds and grazing areas.
Retention of people in the area and indirect support to demographic renewal.
Economic: The partner that conducts monitoring of the pastures on which two different approaches are applied – controlled burning and grazing – is paid by the Park for their services.
Social: The results of the research will be available to all and will allow others to select the most favourable approach.
Having in mind the success of the first results and the positive changes the same approach could be replicated in other pastures in the Krka National Park.
Facilitating placement of products of the livestock farmers who are active within the Park (and other users, e.g. apiculturists) to motivate others to get involved.
The involvement of the local population in preventing the succession of the grasslands so they can also benefit from it, not just nature.
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