Osijek celebrates International Drava River Day with rich program

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September 25, 2021 – Osijek celebrated International Drava River Day on Friday, with many events that both entertained and educated locals about the importance of the Drava ecosystem.

City of Osijek, Public Institution for Environmental Protection of Osijek-Baranja County, Osijek Tourist Board, Osijek-Baranja Tourist Board, Development Agency from Osijek-Baranja County are some of the ten organizers of the International Drava River Day commemoration program in Osijek held on Friday.

International Drava River Day is celebrated on September 24 and, as TCN wrote earlier this week, it was also celebrated in the town of Varaždin. Croatia’s most diverse fish live in the Drava River, and last week UNESCO declared the Mura-Drava-Danube Transboundary Biosphere Reserve.

Perhaps this is the reason why, as Akademija Art informs that this year’s program in Osijek (the largest city in the Eastern Croatian region of Slavonia) is at a much higher standard than usual.

From cruising the left bank of the Drava River, watching 5,000 rowing regattas to professional lectures on the Drava River by Dr Mirna Habuda Stanić, the citizens of Osijek had a lot of interesting things to see and do related at the Drava on Friday. In addition, a demonstration of stick carp making (a specialty of Slavic cuisine) and the traditional Fiš Paprikaš (fish stew) completed the event.

The celebration also opened a new chance for photographers in the region, as the Osijek-Baranja County Public Institution for Environmental Protection is holding a competition for their next calendar. This is a good direction, as the commemoration program aims to promote the richness of cultural heritage and traditions in cooperation with the local population.

“It is important to mark the natural values ​​of our county which we must take care of, as well as to educate the citizens in the protection of the environment, starting with the little ones,” said the deputy head of the county of Osijek-Baranja, Josip Miletić, quoted by Akademija. Art.

The busy program also allowed the presentation of the Amazon of Europe project with the idea of ​​preserving the aforementioned biodiversity of the Mura-Drava-Danube transboundary biosphere reserve protected by UNESCO.

“Despite many human-made changes in the past, this stunning river landscape is home to amazing biodiversity and is a hotspot of rare natural habitats such as large floodplain forests, river islands, gravel bars. and sand, side branches and backwaters, ”explains the European Amazon Site.

Learn more about Osijek in our TC guide.

To learn more about biodiversity in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN page.

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