Lonjsko Polje to be added to UNESCO World Heritage

lonjsko poljeCroatian Ministry of Culture will make a proposal for Lonjsko Polje Nature Park to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This process of inclusion in the list can take up to few years.

The proposed entry will be titled as ‘The Nature Park of Lonjsko Polje – a living landscape and lowlands flood ecosystem of the Central Sava River Basin’ (Park prirode Lonjsko polje – živu?i krajobraz i nizinski poplavni ekosustav Srednje Posavine).

It will be submited to UNESCO in the category of sites selected by both cultural and natural criteria.

Croatia has six sites that are already listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage lists – Dubrovnik (Old Town) , Split (Diocletian Palace and old town), Trogir, Porec (Eufrazijeva bazilika) , Sibenik ( Cathedral Sveti Jakov) and National Park Plitvicka Jezera.

It is also expected that Starigrad Field at Island of Hvar will be listed by next summer.

About Lonjsko Polje: The Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is situated in the alluvial plain of the Sava River in the central Sava River basin region, between the cities of Sisak and Stara Gradiška and represents a unique landscape and ecological systems of flooded river plain of the Danubian basin. The Sava River begins to meander in this area creating typical wet areas that greatly determine its flow and the appearance of the surrounding region. With a total surface of 50 650 ha, the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is one of the largest wetland area in the entire basin. The most significant ecological element in the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park is flooding which can appear any time of the year, because of the extraordinary constellation of the Sava River and its tributaries.

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