Karst without boundaries by Zoran Stevanović, Neven Krešić, Neno Kukurić

By Zoran Stevanović, Neven Krešić, Neno Kukurić

Karstified rocks of other lithology conceal greater than 10% of the continental floor of our planet. it truly is recognized that a few 20% or perhaps a few percentage extra of the worldwide inhabitants mostly is dependent upon karstic groundwater yet in lots of karst parts around the globe there are restricted typical assets together with absence of ingesting waters. the issues of water scarcity, equitable water use or water safety from toxins, develop into extra troublesome once they come to transboundary areas. The Dinaric zone is a classical karst sector the place created borders of newly tested international locations after the civil warfare in Nineties resulted with an pressing have to create atmosphere for sustainable water administration. The venture DIKTAS is among the first ever makes an attempt to set up sustainable built-in administration rules in a transboundary karst aquifer of the value of the Dinaric Karst process. This quantity offers chosen papers from the conference held in June 2014 in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina together with shows of a few of the project’s achievements but additionally variety of different examine effects performed in karst environments world wide.

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However, so far, no coordinated water resources management has been established. How confident are we about the definition of boundaries in karst? 4 Karst springs: A) the Auso, one of the main springs at the foothills of the Alburni Massif (Southern Italy); B) SyriiKalter, a beautiful spring in southern Albania; C) the main spring of the Unica River, coming out from the Planinska Jama at the southern edge of Planinsko Polje, in Slovenia. The high importance of transboundary water resources has been recognised by UNESCO within specific programmes on sustainable water resources management, by coordinating the International Network of Water/Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB).

The vision guiding the long-term water resources and ecosystem quality objectives is: To achieve joint sustainable and equitable use and protection of Dinaric karst aquifer system. 1 Proposed actions and suggested TBAs where they can be performed.  Promotion of eco-tourism 11. Precise mapping of land and water usage All TBAs Una, Neretva (Ljubuški town) Una, Neretva, Cetina, Bilec´ko Lake, Cemi/Cijevna Una, Neretva, Trebišnjica, Cetina, Bilec´ko Lake All TBAs Una, Neretva, Cetina All TBAs All TBAs Neretva Neretva Cetina With this vision in mind, the following objectives were planned: • Groundwater Quantity Objective A: Ensure sufficient groundwater availability in dry periods, especially for water supply and to support environmental flow.

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