Marking the European Park Day
Within the Biodiversity Week, the European Park Day was marked by visiting Natural Monument Lazar’s Canyon („Lazarev kanjon“), organized by the United Nations Development Programme and the Public Enterprise Srbijašume.
“UNDP has been actively working with the Government on Serbia’s strategic approach to conservation of biodiversity, through improving the legislative and financial framework, which is also the requirement of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity”, stated Mr. William Infante, UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia, adding that events and the Biodiversity Week are important for raising awareness and understanding the genuine value of biodiversity.
"The importance of biodiversity week is not only the celebration of the week itself. The main goal is to increase efforts to maintain biological diversity in Serbia. We are grateful to UNDP for helping us recognize the need to preserve the environment, not only in this, but also in other projects as well”, stated PhD Zorana Mihajlovic, Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection of Republic of Serbia.
After the official part, a tour of Lazar’s Cave was organized, as well as a walk to the viewpoint and Vernjikica Cave, followed by a presentation on speleological research. Lazar's Canyon is one of the rare habitats of Crimea pine, populated by chamois and many other indigenous animal species. The area of Zlot gorge is on the list of Europe’s significant ornithology areas. The Lazar's Canyon natural monument is characterized by a unique melange of lime canyon valleys with impressive dimensions and prominent morphological features, numerous and very important speleological sites, interesting phenomena and processes of karst water circulation, exceptional floral and phytocentologic diversity, rich and versatile fauna and extraordinary landscape diversity and beauty.