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

Building a program takes time

first_imgUSC has been home to national champions in almost every sport. The football team is a consistent winner and one of the most successful programs in the history of the sport. Baseball had its glory days under coach Rod Dedeaux.There have been multiple Olympians coming from championship track and field teams. The Women of Troy basketball team won two titles consecutively in the 1980s.Brand new · Though 2012 is the first season women’s sand volleyball is an NCAA sport, it is unfair to expect too much of a young program. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationThe school recently added its newest varsity sport, women’s sand volleyball. Though it is easy to assume the team will be championship caliber right off the bat, it would be a disservice to put that sort of expectation on the Women of Troy.Those championship teams named above? They weren’t always that great. No matter what the sport, a program takes time to develop.The football team, which was started in 1888, played only two games in its inaugural campaign. The first year they played a full 10-game schedule was in 1905, and the team went 6-3-1. Solid, but hardly spectacular. In fact, USC football did not experience its first 10-win season until 1921, 33 seasons after the program was founded. The Trojans’ first national title came in 1928. It took 40 years for USC to win its first national championship. Not exactly a quick rise, honestly.The baseball team, which has won 12 national titles, did not start keeping win-loss records until 1921, in which they finished 8-2. In 1923, the team finished 6-10. The Trojans won their first national title in 1948, a season in which they went 26-4. It took 27 seasons for the team to reach the top of the college baseball world, a surprisingly long time considering the success the Trojans have had since.The Women of Troy basketball team was established in 1976. Led by Cheryl Miller, it won its first title in 1983 and another in 1984. Despite its quick rise to the top, the team has not won a title since 1984, showing how difficult it can be to not only start a program, but to sustain excellence over the years.The USC women’s soccer team, which won the national title in 2007, hardly had a great start. In its first season in 1993, the squad went 2-15-2. Though the team is consistently a contender on the national level, it was not always so.The men’s tennis team was established in 1924 and won its first title in 1946, and has not looked back since. But it took more than two decades to get started.Perhaps the exceptions to the rule is the women’s water polo team. The team should, however, serve as the exception, not the rule. The women’s water polo team was started in 1995 and captured its first championship four seasons later in 1999.USC has 114 national championships in men’s and women’s sports and is well on its way to more. The point, however, is not how many they have won, but rather how long it generally takes to win. It does not happen overnight; it often takes decades.Though it is certainly easier now, given intense recruiting and great facilities on campus to attract prospects, it is unrealistic the women’s sand volleyball team will contend nationally right away.Yes, this is the inaugural season for the sport around the entire NCAA. Every school, for all intents and purposes, is starting fresh. Somebody has to win the national championship; and that someone will have been playing for just as long as the other teams. Why not USC?It is certainly possible. USC knows how to win. That cannot be overstated. But given the general process of building a national powerhouse in college sports, it is unreasonable to expect immediate national success and a national championship right off the bat.Instead, it is realistic to do what all the other programs have done on campus: build and wait.The best programs here took time to develop. There shouldn’t be any doubt that the program will be incredibly successful in the coming years, just don’t expect a perfect record in 2012.Good things come to those who wait. Just ask the 114 championship teams that have banners and trophies displayed in Heritage Hall. “Goal Line Stand” runs Thursdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit or email Michael at katzml@usc.edulast_img read more


first_imgPETER EURTON, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “It’s been a great ride (winning four in a row). We had one little hiccup when he ran on the dirt (fourth last April 25 at Santa Anita) and he didn’t get involved. I blame myself for that, but ever since then, he’s learned how to run.“I’d like to see him go a one-turn mile down the road. He’s had some issues with tibias, shins, little things like that. The neatest thing about him is he puts himself in a good spot. He could go to the lead any time he wants to, but he saves himself by pacing himself. If the pace is slow, he’ll be on the lead; if it’s fast, he’s able to rate himself without being very far off the lead. He doesn’t have to give away a lot of ground.”MARTIN JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, SECOND: “I was proud of him, he ran well. Bettys Bambino is pretty sharp right now and (Ambitious Brew) hasn’t run in a while. He ran a good race, though; he’s a nice horse.” TRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “I had a lot of horse when we crossed the dirt; I was really comfortable. I wanted a clean trip. He’s a really big horse and it’s better when I put him to the outside where he can run free; he loves the downhill.“Last time out he hurt my knee pretty good in the gate but the gate guys have done a really good job with him, they have really helped him. They make him quiet down and he broke clean today.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) of Minnesota; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland.-30-last_img read more