The Results of the “Nature for Recovery” Project Presented at Skakavac

by Mustafa Zvizdić
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On 7 October 2022, a presentation of the “Nature for Recovery” project was held in the area of ​​the “Skakavac” Nature Monument. The project was initiated by the Municipality of Centar with the support of the European Union and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the partners in the project are the Sarajevo Development Agency – SERDA and Cantonal Public Institution for Protected Natural Areas. It was presented what has been done so far on the reconstruction and capacity expansion in the area of ​​Skakavac and Bukovik, as well as what will be done in the future.

The goal of the project is the popularization of Skakavac as a unique tourist area, the improvement of its hiking, sports and excursion areas. The area of ​​Skakavac has been digitized, categorized and integrated into the free “Sarajevo Outdoor Route (SOAR)” application. Five hiking trails, two tourist trails, and two cycling trails, the circular Via Ferrata trail, and four connections between hiking trails and toponyms have been digitally mapped. Close to 56 kilometers of trails are available for the Skakavac – Bukovik area, and a QR code of this application is available at 136 points. “Sarajevo Outdoor Route” info-boards, directional and sponsor boards, educational boards, trail markings, wooden poles and snow PVC markings were also installed. Via Ferrata has been completed – a unique location in the vicinity of Sarajevo and an attractive trail/climbing area of ​​2.4 kilometers with 17 directions for adrenaline lovers. Moreover, 10 new open wooden houses and 30 benches are now available to visitors.

In the following period, a tender will be announced for the contractor to arrange the path to the foot of the waterfall, which was destroyed by a rock slide. The waterfall, viewpoints, springs, stećak necropolises, climbing areas and other places to enjoy nature are now more accessible, and visitors are safer.

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