A group of environmentalists placed info boards at Tjentište, Sutjeska national park, to inform tourists about the park’s water bodies and wildlife, and the importance of environment protection in Bosnia’s oldest national park.
“More than twenty thousand tourists visit Sutjeska; it is very important to produce materials that will give them important information, catch their attention and help preserve the nature as much as possible,” said Iva Miljević of Banja Luka’s Center for Environment organization.
“Last year we had visitors from all continents. (…) With so many people visiting, it is a real challenge to protect the park’s gems and we have to work harder to produce materials that will inform (the visitors) about the park’s beauties and the importance of responsible behavior in such a valuable place,” said Dejan Pavlović, the Sutjeska national park director.
The info boards were produced as part of a project on raising awareness on the importance of protection of Sutjeska’s water bodies, supported by Republika Srpska entity’s environment protection and energy efficiency fund.
Established in 1962, Sutjeska it is Bosnia’s oldest national park. It includes the highest peak of Maglić at over 2,386 meters and Perućica, one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe. The park is also famous for being the site of the Battle of the Sutjeska in 1943 during World War II.