Within the project “Protection and Promotion of Chestnut” funded by INTERREG IPA CBC Program HR-BA-ME 2014-2020 an alley in Draškovićeva Street in the City of Karlovac has been revitalized.
Walkway, benches, public lighting and most importantly, old trees in Draškovićeva Street have been replaced and Mayor Damir Mandić, during the Week of EU Project, solemnly opened a completely redesigned promenade. The reconstruction of Draškovićeva street is the result of the cross-border project “Protection and Promotion of Chestnut” in which one of the partners is the City of Karlovac.
In this reconstruction, the most valuable and most significant activities was the replacement of wild chestnut and lime old trees. 27 young lime trees and 27 wild chestnut trees were planted. Prior to the removal of old trees, they were thoroughly examined with a special device, resistograph (also purchased within the project), which precisely diagnoses the health status of each individual tree.
This EU project started in 2017 and lasts until December 2019. In partnership with municipalities of Velika Kladuša and Bužim, Agricultural Institute of Una-Sana Canton from B&H and Vojnić Municipality, City of Karlovac and the Plum and Chestnut Center from Croatia are included. The project is funded from INTERREG IPA Cross-border Program Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro for the period 2014-2020. The total value of the project is almost 590 thousand euros and the city of Karlovac has 211 thousand euros available for its activities. The main objective of the project is to increase the protection and management of chestnut forests in the cross-border area of Croatia – BiH, through joint activities and promotion.