On Friday, 15.03.2019, the “Revitalization of wet meadows and pastures in wetland complex Tišina” project, implemented by Ornithological Society “Naše ptice” from Sarajevo and Society for research and protection of biodiversity from Banja Luka, was presented in Šamac. After the presentation, there was a workshop for farmers interested in traditional livestock grazing on wet meadows in Posavina.
Lecture and workshop were organized in the building of the Municipality of Šamac, attended by local farmers, representatives of the municipal administrations Šamac and Domaljevac-Šamac, the Institute for Genetic Resources of the University of Banja Luka, representatives of the Veterinarian and Livestock Center from Banja Luka, representatives of Vode Srpske and guests from Brod Ecological Society from Slavonski Brod.
The project aims at restoring wet meadows and pastures in the vicinity of wetland complex Tišina near Šamac, which were once widespread along the Sava River and its tributaries and maintained by cattle grazing. Today, they are mostly destroyed, overgrown or converted into arable land, and they can no longer support numerous plant and animal species, most of which have become endangered. After the restoration of the meadows, the long-term maintenance by traditional livestock (cattle, sheep) grazing is planned. This which represents a semi-intensive form of livestock breeding which does not conflict with the objectives of nature, vegetation and wildlife protection of this area. Grazing will prevent succession in meadows, increase the attractiveness and value of the entire area and this project will be a pioneering project of returning traditional breeds and activities in Posavina.
Through the project it is planned to work on the restoration and donate native herd and fence for livestock to one household and organize educational workshops for other farmers who want to engage in traditional cattle breeding, but also workshops for children and students. The project envisages the development of the tourist offer of the area of Tišina.
The project is funded by EuroNatur and will last until 2020.