The Removal of the Tree of Heaven Has Begun on Bentbaša

by Mustafa Zvizdić

In the area of ​​the “Bentbaša” Protected Landscape, along the Alley of Ambassadors, the removal of the invasive species ailanthus altissima – tree of heaven – has begun. It is a very invasive species that is recognized throughout the world as one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. The species is widespread in the area of ​​the “Bentbaša” Protected Landscape because it is a fast-growing plant, which contributes to its invasiveness. The removal is carried out in accordance with the biology of the species and with all the protection measures prescribed in the Area Management Plan as well as in accordance with the Nature Protection Law. The removal takes place mechanically according to the methodology and examples of positive practice from other protected areas in the region. The area of ​​Bentbaša is the youngest protected area, so this process contributes to the protection of the diversity of plants and animals, raises the level of awareness of the importance of nature conservation, which ultimately aims at sustainable management.

This is just one of the activities that are implemented according to the Agreement on the implementation of activities from the valid management plans for protected natural areas of Sarajevo Canton, for which the relevant Ministry of Communal Economy, Infrastructure, Spatial Planning, Construction and Environmental Protection of Sarajevo Canton allocated an amount of 20,000 KM. In addition to the removal of trees of heaven, other weed species will be removed in this area too, and in Trebević, forest stands will be arranged in the locality around the bobsleigh track.

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