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  07.10.2020, 08:49h

Dinarides Protection Day

Dinarides Protection Day (7 October) was established on 29 May 2019 at the General Assembly of Parks Dinarides – Network of protected areas of Dinarides in Nature Park Blidinje (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Through marking Dinarides Protection Day, every year on 7 October, the importance of natural and cultural heritage of Dinaric Alps countries is brought to attention, as well as intertwining of natural wealth and cultural and historical values of this special area in Europe.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's celebration will be organized virtually. As the pandemic affected many aspects of work and functioning of parks in our region and beyond, by marking this day the intention is to draw attention to the effects of the pandemic on protected areas but also the need to strengthen and deepen cooperation as one of the answers to the new crisis. Therefore, the slogan of this year's Dinarides Protection Day is #DinaridesConnect.

The COVID-19 pandemic in the last nine months has dramatically affected people’s lives and health in the Dinaric Arc countries, bringing economic and social challenges, which can have long-term consequences on many aspects of society. The current pandemic could significantly set back several decades of efforts to establish a sustainable and efficient nature protection and management system in many protected areas.

Protected areas comprise more than 10% of the territory of Dinaric Arc countries, and apart from being one of the centres of biodiversity at the European level with numerous endemic and relict species, in the last decade they have become increasingly important for the economic development of their countries.

The way we deal with environmental issues and the management of protected areas during and after pandemic will have major implications for nature and our relation to it in the future. But it could also be a chance to build a more positive future.

The effects of the pandemic are visible primarily through the reduction of economic activity, which will, through reduced budgets for most protected areas, lead to negative multiplier effects on the quality of governance. It is especially important to ensure continuity in the basic functions of protected areas in order to avoid degradation of fundamental values – forest and other sensitive ecosystems complexes, wild species, and so on.

Today, on the occasion of 7 October – Dinarides Protection Day, all entities involved in nature protection and management of protected areas in Dinaric Arc, governments and government agencies, members of Parks Dinarides, academia and NGO sector are invited to insure the construction of a common shield for the nature of Dinarides through synergetic plans and actions, in order to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as much as possible, thus creating new positive energy for post-pandemic times.

The need to find ways to improve regional cooperation is especially emphasised, since the values of good practices could be vital for adapting the operational management of protected areas. Despite the difficult cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic, every single effort to protect endangered species, educate youth, research ecosystems, build new facilities, promote cultural heritage, maintain or establish new regional cooperation activities does good to all of us, as well as to natural and cultural legacy of Dinarides.


Dinarides (Dinaric Arc) represent one of the largest mountain ranges in Europe, connecting eight Southeast European countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia.

The name Dinarides is derived from the name of the mountain Dinara, which is located on the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and which extends into the central part of the mountain range. Dinarides extend north-west-southeast, about 650 km along the Adriatic coast. The highest mountain range of the Dinarides is Prokletije, with the peak Maja Jezerce (2.694m).

Parks Dinarides - network of protected areas of Dinarides is dedicated to improving, promoting and supporting natural and cultural values of protected Dinaric regions, as well as to implement best practices of sustainable development and management. Parks Dinarides network consists of more than 90 protected areas in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia. The association was founded at the end of 2014, headquartered in Podgorica based on the agreement of 8 countries of the Dinaric Arc - Big Win II.