Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Wetland Region Bardaca, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Small Grants Fund was established by the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention at its 4th meeting (1990), with the name “Wetland Conservation Fund”, as a mechanism to assist developing countries in implementing the Convention and to enable the conservation and wise use of wetland resources. At its 6th meeting in 1996 the Ramsar COP, through Resolution VI.6, adopted the current name of the Fund and decided that countries with economies in transition should also be eligible for funding.


          As its name indicates, the SGF is for small-scale projects and does not replace the need for most developing countries and countries in transition to have access to much more substantial levels of funding in order to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of their wetland resources. The SGF offers a maximum of 40,000 Swiss Francs per project and is intended to play a catalytic role. The SGF has an important niche as a funding programme which can allow countries to address relatively small-scale projects or use SGF funds to make the necessary preparations for seeking funding from other sources for larger scale activities.


The project tackles two problems:


1. The need of elaboration and implementation of a mechanism and legal scheme of Ramsar Sites’ set up in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

2. Building capacity for wise use of wetlands of the wetland region Bardacha.






Problem Nr. (please refer Section A)

Nr. of the Plan’s Operational Objective

Objective 1

To elaborate a practical mechanism and scheme of setting up new Ramsar sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina using the region Bardacha as a model territory.

Problem 1

1, 2, 7, 10, 11

Objective 2

To create preconditions for introducing mechanism for the  designation region Bardacha as the Ramsar Site.

Problem 1, 2

1, 7, 10, 11

Objective 3

To improve capacities for sustainable management of the region Bardacha nature and conservation of their biodiversity.

Problem 2

3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14, 20

Objective 4

To promote public awareness of the value of the Bardacha wetlands.

Problem 2

6, 7, 9, 20


The project meets the following General Objectives of the Ramsar Convention Strategic Plan 2003-2008:


Objective 1. The wise use of wetlands;

Objective 2. Wetlands of International Importance;

Objective 3. International cooperation.


The project relates to the Plan’s Operational Objectives:

1.Inventory and assessment;

2.Policies and legislation, including impact assessment and valuation;

3.Integration of wetland wise use into sustainable development;

6.Local communities, indigenous people, and cultural values;

7.Private sector involvement;during advanced courses, seminars etc.

9.Communication, education, and public awareness;

10.Designation of Ramsar sites;

11.Management planning and monitoring of Ramsar sites;

14.Sharing of expertise and information;




The Institute’s role

Institution responsible for the Project implementation is The Institute for Agroecology and Soil Science together with Project coordinator Prof. dr Muhajlo Markovic.  


The Institute’s role in the project implementation is to provide the project’s management on the whole and to arrange events and activities within the project. Its responsibilities will be:

·        arrangements of the project’s events and activities including field research and workshop;

·        coordination of the project experts activities;

·        dissemination of the outputs from the project;

·        financial management;

·        reporting to the Administrative Authority;

·        reporting to the Ramsar SGF.




1.       A practical mechanism and scheme of setting up new Ramsar sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2.       Data base for further elaboration of management-plan for the region Bardacha in compliance with the Ramsar Management Guidelines.

3.       Improved capacity for the wise use and sustainable management of the region Bardacha involving cooperation between main stakeholders.

4.       Trained personnel of the land users of the fishpond Bardacha..

5.       Raised public awareness (including local and regional governments) of the value of Bardacha region and the need of their conservation and wise use.

6.       Disseminated information (including the presentation of a film on regional TV and publications in local and regional periodicals) about the project achievements and experience as well as the value of the region Bardacha which peculiar due to their naturalness and high biodiversity.