|Some Problems Encountered by the Croatian Forestry in Today’s Economic, Social and Ecological Circumstances (from the Report at the 107th Annual Assembly of the Croatian Forestry Society in Županja). PDF||211|
|The Role of Forestry in the Protection of Drinking Water PDF HR EN||217|
|Summary: Forests and water are a gift of nature which can only survive if it is well managed. By managing forests, we also manage water. Undoubtedly, apart from oxygen and aesthetic beauty, forests also ensure water as the most important forest product. It is time that the wider community and foresters in the first place, realised that timber is only a secondary product of forest management, and that forestry and forestry profession manages forests primarily with the goal of ensuring their survival and functioning in the optimum of their structure and sites. Their functioning based on natural laws, as well as on the principles of forestry science, produces, renews and preserves water. Today, water is the most valuable resource which originates in the forest and exists as a result of the complex relationship between the site and the biocoenosis within the forest ecosystem.|
The disappearance of forests causes the disappearance of water sources, while the return of forests to their sites means the re-emergence of their water sources. This scientific truth has often been confirmed by forestry practice. With the disappearance of the forests in the area of Senjska Draga in the hinterland of Senj, at the point where Velika Kapela and Velebit merge, a number of springs of good quality water also vanished, making the conditions of life in this area even more difficult. The foundation of the Office for Littoral Karst Reforestation in Senj in 1878 marked the first, the largest and the most valuable ecological project in this part of Europe. Today, Senjska Draga is again covered with forests, enabling the return of numerous springs of drinking water.
This is only one of the many endeavours of the Croatian forestry profession in these areas, which has never been properly evaluated, except by the forestry practice. We produce water, while others trade with it and use it for their profit. Meanwhile, the forestry practice, which is daily sinking into poverty, is left with the obligation to pay water tax.
The question "What role does forestry play in the preservation and conservation of drinking water?" can be answered in the simplest and shortest way: "Very important". However, the question is whether we are following the right path and whether we are capable of using this water in the material sense by increasing the area and quality of forests and producing even more good quality water.
|Milković, I., Starčević, M., Pećarević, M.||UDK 630* 611 + 116|
|The Role of Forestry in the National Fresh Water Monitoring, Protection and Conservation Programme in Croatia pdf HR EN||219|
|Prpić, B.||UDK 630* 263 + 181.3 + 48|
|The Effects of Technical Operations in the Area of Lowland Forests pdf HR EN||230|
|Supplement to the topic: The Role of Forestry within the National Programme of Recording, Protection and Conservation of Croatian Fresh Waters PDF||235|
|ORIGINAL SCIENTIFIC PAPERS|
|Šugar, I.||UDK 630* 17 (001)|
|A Contribution to Croatian Terminology of Plant Classification pdf HR EN||237|
|Medvedović, J., Martinović, J., Vranković, A.||UDK 630* 181.2 + 114|
|Continental Ecosystems of Croatia pdf HR EN||249|
|Glavaš, M.||UDK 630* 232.3 + 449 + 453 + 413 + 414|
|Plant Health Status and Protective Measures Taken in Forest Nurseries in 2002 pdf HR EN||257|
|Oluić, M., Oluić, D.||UDK 630* 582 + 583|
|Land Use and Land Cover Mapping of Istria According to CORINE Programme pdf HR EN||269|