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Conservation Facts

Population: 3.9 million
Total Area: 51.129 km2
Population density: 78 per km2
National Parks: 3
Largest Nature reserve: Sutjeska National Park 175 km2

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Galleries

Hadn't it been for the incredible tragedies around the war in former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina might have remained a tiny blank spot on the map of the world. And of course, amongst the horrifying news of the 90ties, the country’s natural heritage only played a side-role. Who knows about the Dinaric Mountains, Deransko Lake, river Una and Neretva, the Hutovo Blato or a mystic Mediterranean swamp: Livanjsko Polje? Although some areas remain closed for public access, nature in Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of surprises and the diversity of habitats from the Sava river in the North to the adriatic coast in the South is simply stunning. Here are some images to whet your appetite.

Towering high above the territory of Sutjeska National Park, Mount Maglic rises to almost 2.400 m at Bosnia and Herzegovina’s border with Montenegro. The country’s highest peak is not the only giant of the national park: in the forest of “Perucica” beech trees reach incredible heights of 60 m and thick emblematic black pines dot the slopes of the park’s rocky terrain. Another protected forest can be found in the North of the country: Kozara. Established in 1967, the reserve’s 3375 ha are a home to more than 900 vascular plant species. Whilst wolves, bears and Golden eagles can be seen in Sutjeska, smaller wildlife like Red fox, European wildcat, roe deer and wild boar roams Kozara.
These two reserves may have many counterparts in Europe with similar species and habitats. One place in Bosnia and Herzegovina is certainly very special though: Hutovo Blato. Transformed from a hunting ground into a bird sanctuary of international importance (IBA), the reserve along the river Neretva is one of the few Mediterranean swamps in Europe. Almost 40% of all flowing water in Bosnia and Herzegovina gathers in the carstic underground and has a crucial socio-economic role for the communities of the area, but also far away and across the border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of birds from almost 300 species, breed or rest in Deransko Lake, in lagoons and marshland of Hutovo Blato. At the same time the river Neretva itself is home to several endemic freshwater fish species like Softmouth and Marbled trout.
The WWF, Euronatur and other NGOs are trying hard to preserve biodiversity in this area, which is regarded a key tool for the economic development and well-being of the three neighbouring countries.