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Folder Protected Areas

Areas of exceptional geological, biological, ecosystem, and/or landscape diversity can be declared as protected areas of general interest.

According to the Law on Nature Protection, there is a three-level protection regime in protected areas with strictly defined activities that are prohibited or limited. The government can prescribe protection regimes in greater detail, as well as procedures and their implementation methods. The Law also envisages public participation in protected areas’ designation and adoption of their management plans. Such a protection regime helps avoid previous uncertainties and situations in which some institutions and organizations could decide to carry out activities prohibited or not allowed within protected areas.

The total area currently covered by the protected area system amounts to 518,204 ha and represents 5.86% of the Republic of Serbia’s territory.

The list of protected areas can be downloaded below.

The preliminary list of proposals for UNESCO world heritage contains five protected areas: National Parks Djerdap, Tara and Sar Mountain; Monument of Nature Djavolja varos and Special Nature Reserve Deliblato Sands.

Within the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” programme, Nature Park “Golija” joined the biosphere reserve network in 2001 when it was named “Golija-Studenica”. Another nine natural areas have been nominated for biosphere reserve status.

Based on the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, nine areas have gained Ramsar Area status, of which eight are protected. These include: Special Nature Reserves “Obedska bara”, “Carska bara”, “Ludasko jezero”, “Slano kopovo”, “Labudovo okno” (part of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve), “Gornje Podunavlje” and “Zasavica”, Landscape of Exceptional Characteristics “Vlasinsko jezero” and “Karajukica bunari” in Pester field, covering an area of 55,627 ha.

Protected area system

No. of sites

Territory (in ha)

%

Protected areas

464

518,204

5.86

UNESCO MAB

1

53,804

0.61

Ramsar sites

9

55,627

0.63

IBA

42

1,259,624

14.25

IPA

61

747,300

8.5

PBA

40

903,643

10.22

Source: Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, 2010

Detailed lists of IBA, IPA and PBA areas can be downloaded below.

Folder Ecological networks
PDF List of protected areas in Serbia Download (2 versions)
PDF List of Internationally Important Bird Areas (IBA), Internationally Important Plant Areas (IPA) and selected areas for butterflies (PBA) in the Republic of Serbia Download (2 versions)