The International Global Green Destination Foundation (GGD) has assembled sustainable green travel locations and accounts of admirable practices for the seventh consecutive year. Istria, one of the recognized destinations for 2021, is listed among the top 100 global sustainability success stories!
Protection of Biodiversity in Smaller Wetlands narrative of good practice has the Region of Istria up for nomination in the Nature and Ecotourism category along with the Natura Histrica Public Institution.
The only ornithological reserve in the Istria Region is Palud. The shallow marsh region, which is connected to the sea by a canal, allows salt water to seep into its system, turning it brackish. Palud is therefore a coastal lagoon with a highly particular ecological type that, regrettably, is on the verge of extinction along the Adriatic coast, mostly as a result of human activities.
Even though Palud is just roughly 220 hectares in size and only has 18 hectares of wetland habitat, it is an essential nesting site for many endangered bird species and a resting point for a large number of migrating birds in the spring and fall. This ornithological reserve close to Rovinj has a total of over 240 bird species on record.
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