Cross-Border cooperation project “Protection and Promotion of Chestnut” was successfully completed with the final conference that was held in Vojnic (Republic of Croatia), on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The project manager, Elvedin Miljković, presented to the all participants the implemented activities and achieved results of the project.
Leading partner Municipality of Velika Kladuša has implemented the project “Chestnut” in cooperation with partners Municipality Bužim and Agricultural Institute of Una-Sana Canton from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Municipality of Vojnić, Center for Plum and Chestnut and City of Karlovac from Republic of Croatia. The total value of the project was EUR 589,558.39, of which the grant amounted to EUR 501,124.61 (85%) and the partner’s own contribution to amount of EUR 88,433.78 (15%). The project was implemented in the period 01.07.2017. – 31.12.2019.
The final conference was attended by project partners, Deputy Mayor of Karlovac County Mirko Martinovic, Mayor of Vojnic Nebojsa Andric, representatives of the private sector and other stakeholders who actively participated and supported the overall project implementation.
The main objective of the project was to increase the protection and risk management of a chestnut forests in the cross-border area of Croatia – BiH. Furthermore, one of the main aims was that through joint activities project increase conservation of chestnut habitat, improve risk management of disease spread, increase knowledge of protection, awareness and promotion of chestnut.
With the active participation of the partners, a large number of activities have been finalised to achieve the planned goals. An analysis of chestnut forests was carried out with the proposal of measures for the protection of damaged chestnut forests together with an Elaborate of identification of chestnut forests and forest lands. Furthermore, GIS databases and cartographic representations in the municipalities of Velika Kladuša and Bužim were made including the data of the project border area from the Republic of Croatia. As a result, 12,890 ha of chestnut forest (out of the total analyzed 96,594.59 ha of forest land area) were identified.
With the aim of biological control of the invasive species of the gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus) in the Una Sana Canton (BiH), infection analysis was carried out. As a result of the analysis, discharge of 3,000 females and 1,500 males of the parasitoid Torymus sinensis (Hymenoptera; Torymidae), cultivated in the Croatian Institute, was carried out. Due to the fact that the discharge was not approved at the designated locations in BiH, the discharge was made in the border area at the locations of Petrova Gora and city of Petrinja.
Planting of permanent chestnut seedlings was carried out in the municipalities of Velika Kladuša, Vojnić and Bužim for experimental purposes with a total area of 3 ha. Chestnut alley in Draskovic Street in the City of Karlovac was revitalized covering area of 0.10 ha. Manifestations, round tables, scientifically and thematic conferences on chestnut were carried out together with educations of farmers and interested persons on chestnut seedlings in Vojnic. Overall education of local people, beekeepers and nature lovers was held in Velika Kladuša, Bužim and Cazin as well. All events were visited by the large number of representatives of the public, private and non-governmental sectors.
All project partners expressed their satisfaction with the results and clear message that the implementation of the project “Protection and Promotion of Chestnut” is an excellent basis for future cooperation and application of the EU funds together with continuation of cross-border cooperation in accordance with the defined guidelines and measures.
Elvedin Miljković, project manager – Presentation of the achieved results