The main idea of project “Salbun” is to promote specific and rare habitat types in Zadar couty, such as sandy and muddy coastal areas. We want to educate the community about its natural value, and great economical potential for sustainable development.

South-west Dalmatia, unlike most of the coastline in Croatia with steep rocky shore, has many flat, shallow lagoons with sand bars (bays Ljubač and Plemić), salt pans (Nin, Pag), river mouth (Zrmanja, Karišnica) and closed, small seas (Karin and Novigrad sea).

Objectives

  • raising public awareness and development of networking for nature protection and conservation (media campaign, education)
  • education of local community, tourist officers, tourists, school children
  • informing wider public about their natural heritage and problems in their environment (e.g. loss of biodiversity and habitat, pollution…)
  • promoting the use of existing educational and tourist infrastructure (e.g. educational trail, birdwatching facilities…)
  • branding the region as an eco-touristic destination

Education

  • educational guided tours on Karišnica river and Nin bay for general public about the importance of coastal wetlands as a unique habitat
  • birdwatching seminar about the potential of this type of tourism, for tourist officers from Dalmatia region;
  • World Biodiversity Day celebration 22nd May 2010 on Karišnica river; guided tours and information point for general public
  • World Birdwatch Day celebration 5th October 2010 in Nin bay; guided tours and information point for general public; promotion of birdwatching as a new type of tourism for this region

Photo-exhibition

In modern days, promotion of biodiversity is as crucial part of conservation as is the lobbying. In this context, as a part of “Salbun” project we will organize an exhibition of professional photographs presenting these unique habitat types. Exhibition will take place in the Library of Zadar from 25th October till 7th November, Ulica Stjepana Radića 11b.