The Fifth Ornithofestival was held between 7. and 9. October, 2016, hosted by the Ecological Association “Lijepa naša” from Čapljina and supported by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, the Government of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton and the Municipality of Čapljina. The Ornithofestival was also supported by MAVA, CEPF and EuroNatur, as part of the project “Towards a functioning system of stop-over and wintering sites along the Adriatic Flyway – Phase 3 (AF3)” and “Hutovo Blato Nature Park and Mostarsko Blato as Safe Breeding, Stop-Over and Wintering Sites for Birds”.
During the working part of the Ornithofestival, 39 participants from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the contributions to the themes of roles of NGOs in protection and conservation of birds and their habitats, NATURA 2000, management of protected areas and IBAs, sustainable tourism in protected areas and hunting, poaching and bird protection.
The students from local schools also took part in the Ornithofestival and saw the”Birds Without Borders” play, performed by young local actors. At the end of the Ornithofestival, the participants visited the Hutovo Blato Nature Park, Neretva Delta, and Natural History Museum in Metković.