Applications have been opened for the educational-volunteer camp Dinara back to LIFE, which will be held from 5 to 19 September 2021 in Vrlika near Knin. All students of natural sciences are invited to apply, who want to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about lawn restoration and sustainable nature management. One place in the camp is reserved for participants from Croatian emigration.
The costs of accommodation and food will be borne by the organizer, as well as the cost of transport for participants (arrival and departure). For participants from the emigration, travel costs will be co-financed in the amount of up to 200 euros. The number of participants is limited to 20.
Applications are open until June 5, and students admitted to the camp will be notified after June 15.
The camp is intended for students, future experts in the field of nature protection, motivated to volunteer at the camp and to use the acquired experience and knowledge for further study, scientific work or work. In addition to the practical experience of restoration, the emphasis of the camp will be on the educational component, presenting topics important for planning management in nature protection. Lecturers at the camp will be experts from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, LAG Cetinska krajina, as well as Biom experts.
Lawn restoration will be carried out in the Dinara area, close to the accommodation. The organizers will also provide students with transportation in the field, the necessary tools and equipment for work, as well as guidance on fieldwork. Accommodation of volunteers is in the Ecological Station Vrlika (renovated in 2009) located in the village Ježević, Vučemilovići.
It is to be expected from the volunteers to be ready to participate in the camp for two weeks, be motivated to work on the restoration of lawns and nature conservation, to participate actively in planned activities within the camp, to be willing to work with hand tools to remove woody vegetation on lawns and additional activities, to participate in the educational part of the program and to be motivated to further disseminate and use the acquired experience and knowledge.
The wider Dinara project back to LIFE (https://dinarabacktolife.eu/), which revitalizes natural habitats in the wider Dinara area, is implemented by the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Zagreb, Croatian Forests, Local Action Group “Cetinska Krajina” and the Biom Association as a leading partner.