FIRST WORKSHOP ON LOCAL FLORA AND FAUNA HELD IN PRELOG
Last Saturday - on the International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) - twenty primary and secondary school children participated in a workshop on local flora and fauna entitled What is hiding in the Drava sediment? This is only the first of five planned workshops organized by the Town of Prelog in cooperation with Marina Prelog d.o.o. in the Sports and Recreation Zone Marina, and their goal is to introduce students to local biodiversity and encourage them to preserve it.
The workshop was conducted by an experienced biology and chemistry teacher Mišo Rašan. In the first part of the workshop, he introduced interested students to various species of invertebrates hiding in the Drava sediment, while in the second part of the workshop, students boldly boarded boats and looked for organisms hiding under the surface at various locations across the lake.
Workshops on local flora and fauna are held as part of the project with an acronym AQUA ADVENTURES implemented by the Croatian Town of Prelog in cooperation with a cross-border partner - the Hungarian municipality of Kistolmács - and co-financed by the European Union through Interreg V-A Cooperation Program Hungary-Croatia 2014-2020 in the amount of 85%. The total value of the project is € 1,321,852.50 (almost 10 million Croatian kunas, or about 460 million Hungarian forints), and the part related to the Town of Prelog is 662,807.50 € (about 5 million Croatian kunas, or about 230 million Hungarian forints).
The main goal of the project is to improve the tourist offer on the lakes near Prelog and Kistolmács. Its additional goals are the nurturing and development of cross-border cooperation, sustainable development of tourism, economy and society, environmental protection and the promotion of coexistence with nature.
As part of the project, the Town of Prelog plans to build two sanitary buildings with showers, 60 wooden eaves for guests, a wooden observatory for bird watching, 4 beach volleyball courts, green areas and access roads in the western part of the Marina Sports and Recreation Zone.
In addition, the Town of Prelog will procure new equipment as part of the project - 3 boats, 3 canoes, 4 bicycle racks and a set of equipment for people with special needs.
It will also organize a series of educations and tourist manifestations - traditional nautical Hunt for Swan’s Feather, gastronomic manifestation Drava Fish&Dish, a two-day outdoor school for children of both sides of the border, beforementioned five workshops on local flora and fauna, a two-day education for tourism professionals on the ETIS system, rowing school for canoeists and a study trip to introduce program managers and tourism experts to good practices abroad.
The project started on November 1, 2020 and will end on August 31, 2022.