The Reserve is one of the last and the largest oasis of sand, steppe, forest and wetland vegetation on the Pannonian Plain. This spacious area, with a total area of 35.000 hectares, consists of numerous ellipsoidal sandy masses surrounded by fertile agricultural land. The reserve is adorned by natural rarities, especially the imperial eagle and the steppe falcon. The Ramsar site “Labudovo okno” is a habitat of swamp birds as well as the largest migratory area in this part of Europe. The richness of flora is reflected in 900 plant species, some of them relicts and rarities. Natural characteristics and uniqueness of this region make “Deliblato sands” suitable for recreation, hunting and fishing, nautical and ecological tourism. Thick forests, sands and prairies are criss-crossed by a dense network of roads, trails and paths.
Project partner active in the area:
Public Enterprise (PE) “Vojvodinašume” under the supervision of the Institute of nature conservation of Serbia (INCS).
Status: Special nature reserve (SNR), Important Bird Area since 1989,International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, Important Plant Area, “Labudovo okno” – Ramsar site.
Location and size: The Reserve with its 35.000 hectares is located in southeastern part of the Vojvodina province, on the regional road between Belgrade and Timisoara (Romania) and between the Danube river and Carpathian slopes.
Issues / challenges:
- There are several problems related to communication and management issues between key institutions.
- Biodiversity management and fire management in the protected area are insufficient.
- The lack of sustainable tourism, investments and joint promotion of protected area have been detected.
- The lack of participative involvement of local inhabitants and communities in the management of the protected reduces opportunities for development and growth.
- Negative demographic trend within the nature reserve additionally burdens the area.
Envisaged results of the NATREG project:
- Promotion of SNR “Deliblato sands” in a wider area as a unique place in Europe and its importance locally and globally.
- Strengthened cooperation, transfer of knowledge and experience between relevant institutions and authorities.
- Raised awareness on the importance of natural resources and biodiversity with the possibility of sustainable use.
- Encouraged stakeholder involvement with presented good practices of cooperation and participation.
- Improved capacity (material and human) related to nature conservation and tourism on the local level.
- Implemented revitalisation and rehabilitation of specific areas (grasslands, forests, sand areas…).
- Improved mitigation of negative demographic trend.
- Developed ideas for further investment projects in the protected area.