Geopark “Biokovo-Imotska Lakes” wants to become part of the UNESCO World Geoparks Network

first_imgWe currently have two UNESCO Geoparks in Croatia: the Papuk Nature Park and the Vis Archipelago, and we will soon find out whether the Biokovo-Imotska Lakes Geopark will become the third UNESCO Geopark in Croatia. The boundaries of the future Biopark-Imotski Lakes Geopark have already been determined, and their total area is 431 km2, and they cover the areas of the municipalities of Imotski, Proložac, Podbablje, Zmijavce, Lokvičići, Lovreć, Zagvozd and Runovići. One of the main ways to stimulate the economy and sustainable development of the future UNESCO Geopark is through geotourism, he points out. Luka Kolovrat, president of the association Geopark Imotska jezera and adds that by raising awareness and educating about the importance of geological heritage, UNESCO geoparks give the local community a sense of pride and strengthen their identification with the area in which they live. PAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTION UNESCO Geoparks are unique geographical areas of international geological significance governed by a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Find out more about the Biokovo-Imotska Lakes Geopark application initiative with the aim of joining UNESCO Global Geoparks HERE In general, when we talk about the area that will include the future Biopark Biokovo-Imotska Lakes, it is an area that in addition to attracting attention with its relief and geomorphological forms, or numerous karst phenomena, adorns a great wealth of flora and fauna including many endemic species. In addition to the most attractive protected natural monuments and phenomena of world importance, Red and Blue Lakes, there is also the spring Krčevac, which is currently the only confirmed locality of the human fish (Proteus anguinus) in the Imotski region. There is also the Zovnjača cave in the municipality of Podbablje, which was recently established as an important archaeological and biospeleological site. Photo: Association Geopark Imotska jezera The network of UNESCO World Geoparks consists of areas of geological and geomorphological heritage of international importance, while the goal of the UNESCO World Geoparks program is to protect geological, geomorphological and other values ​​of geoparks and manage the area through education and implementation of activities in accordance with sustainable development goals. and for the benefit of the local community. center_img So far, numerous systematic and complex geological surveys have been carried out, monitoring is being carried out, the public is being educated, brochures, guides, manuals, educational materials, brochures, etc. have been printed. Precisely with the aim of protection, sustainable development and tourism, the Association Geopark Imotska jezera and the Public Institution Nature Park Biokovo launched an initiative for joint application and establishment of “Geopark Biokovo-Imotska lakes“With the aim of joining UNESCO Global Geoparks. The creation of a joint Geopark website is in progress, as well as the creation and marking of geo-trails, and a joint Facebook page has been created, which is updated daily, he points out. Ivana Capin from the Association Geopark Imotska jezera and adds: “Aware of the great potential of the area in which we live with all its features, together we embarked on this challenging project with the aim of becoming part of the international network of UNESCO Geoparks. As for our joint future activities, they are holding a presentation in November this year, then making a ten-year study with a management plan, and making and marking the geo-trail of the future Biokovo-Imotska Lakes Geopark. And most importantly, in the summer of 2021, the arrival of the Commission and evaluation is expected, and after that the accession to the network of world Geoparks under UNESCO protection.”Emphasizes Capin. “Our joint initiative stemmed from the fact that the Biokovo Nature Park and Imotski Krajina form a geologically, geomorphologically and landscape-unique area of ​​the Dinaric karst, and our wish is to use the potentials of both areas for the benefit of the local community. Kolovrat points out. VISA ARCHIPELAGO BECAME THE SECOND UNESCO GEOPARK IN CROATIA RELATED NEWS: “Geoparks attract a large number of visitors with their activities and enable the launch of various production and service activities that contribute to the socio-economic development of the community. Not only geologically interesting places, but also various other ecological, archeological, historical and cultural sights contribute to geoparks, and they are supported and actively participated by local communities that know how to recognize and want to affirm their geological, historical and cultural heritage, mostly through the idea of ​​geotourism.. The creation of innovative crafts and new jobs encourages the creation of new sources of income within geotourism, strengthens the local community, and at the same time the geological resources of the area remain protected.Kolovrat points out. Other sights include the Opačac spring, the Vrljika river, Ričice lakes, Galipovac, Knezovića and Mamića lakes, Prološko blato, Lokvičićka lakes, Dva oka and numerous other localities that were created during a long geological period by tireless work of water. The ichthyofauna of the Imotski region is significant for several protected endemic species, and some of them are soft-mouthed trout (Salmothymus obtusirostris), basak (Rutilus basak), Imotski gaovica (Delminichthys adspersus), makal (Squalius microlepis), Illyrian vijun (Cobitis il) dr.last_img read more

2 people arrested after man’s body was found in Okeechobee County street

first_imgOkeechobee County police have arrested two people after officials found a 24-year-old man’s body in the street early Sunday morning.Sheriff officials said deputies responded to the scene on the 200 block of NE 14 Ave., where they found the body of Tohermain Rosier. Rosier was pronounced dead at the scene but cause of death is still unknown.31-year-old Derrick Levi Clay, and 25-year-old Cheyenne Mackenzie Smith, have been arrested and both face charges.Clay was charged with one count of murder. Smith was charged with one count of accessory after the fact.Officials say the investigation is ongoing.last_img

Crime drops in Pico Rivera

first_imgThere were 56 fewer reports of violent crimes last year. Aggravated assaults declined by 19.6 percent, from 224 in 2005 to 180 last year. There also were 10 fewer rapes in 2006 than in 2005. None of the rapes were of the type in which an assailant targets a victim at random, Rothans said. Of the 10 homicides in 2006, seven were believed to be gang-related, Rothans said. All occurred between January and August, before extra anti-gang patrols were in place. Overall, Part 1 crimes – violent crimes plus property crimes – fell 7 percent in `06 from a year earlier, he said. Council members last April approved an additional $600,000 for the local sheriff’s station, allowing Rothans to hire the new two-deputy team, along with a third deputy assigned to nuisance abatement. That deputy responds to graffiti, loud parties and other quality- of-life issues. PICO RIVERA – Violent crime decreased 22 percent in 2006 from a year earlier, with murders declining by 33 percent, from 15 in 2005 to 10 last year, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official said. “It’s the work of the team,” Capt. Michael Rothans, head of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, told City Council members Tuesday night. He was referring to last year’s hiring of two additional deputies that serve in a new anti-gang unit. Officials said deputies assigned to gang enforcement units made about 300 arrests from May and December. “By them taking that many people to jail, violent crime fell,” Rothans said. The city’s public safety director, Steve Gutierrez, said, “it worked. … The City Council recognized that it was important to increase public safety and they brought in additional resources,” he said. Some of the money also was used to label deputies’ patrol cars with the city’s name. Mayor Pete Ramirez said that has helped residents feel like deputies are working for them. “We needed more pride in the community with the sheriffs,” he said. “You have to have the trust of the public, and now that has grown by leaps and bounds.” Crimes involving stolen or damaged property, including robberies, burglaries, vehicle burglaries, arsons and others, declined by 4.7 percent compared to 2005, Pico Rivera Station statistics show. The only category that rose in 2006 was auto thefts, which increased by just 1 percent. “We had five more cars stolen. … But when you talk about where are we now, I think we’re in a very good place,” Rothans said. Residents can take steps to protect themselves from auto thefts, which rose from 498 reports in 2005 to 503 in 2006, Rothans said. “People go outside in the morning and start their car, then return to their house to get something,” said Rothans. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img