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Bosnia and Herzegovina - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

The Bosnian territory is divided into 42% mountains, 29% karst area, 24% hills and 5% lowlands. Protected areas cover only 0.65% of the territory, distributed between 155 sites, while forests cover about 50 % of the territory. Although no complete inventory has yet been completed, species diversity is one of the highest of the European countries due to the presence of heterogeneous habitats developed under the conditions of Mediterranean, mountainous sub-Mediterranean, and continental climates... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

B&H is preparing a protection program for 15-20% of the territory and is aligning its natural heritage protection standards with those of the IUCN. Programs are also being prepared for the sustainable use of forests, endemic species, refuge centers, high-mountain areas and mountain lakes. The creation of a national gene bank for domesticated plants and animals is planned as well as a systematic inventory of invasive species... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

In recent years, Bosnia and Herzegovina has undertaken activities aimed at establishing new protected areas. Feasibility studies for the Una National Park, which includes the Una River basin, and two other Areas of Significant Importance are under way. There is also the integrated river basin management project for the Sava River, which is currently undergoing the implementation phase... More »

Initiatives for Article 8(j)

Actions in relation to capacity building and involvement of indigenous and local communities have not been taken to the extent required. Mechanisms that provide involvement of and financial support to local and indigenous communities have not been adequately elaborated. Hence, the outcomes in implementation of the respective Articles of the Convention are not appropriate... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Mehmed Cero
CBD Primary NFP
Mrs./Dr. Senka Barudanovic
SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, GTI NFP
Mr./Dr. Sulejman Redzic
GSPC NFP
Mr. Branko Vucijak
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Mehmed Cero
BCH NFP

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