Žumberak 2021

„Žumberak 2021.“ is the 23rd annual educational-research project of the Biology Students Association – BIUS which takes place in Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje Nature Park. The main activities of this project are the popularization of science, nature preservation, and education of local communities in the area, as well as the general public.

The projects main objectives are:

  1. Education of participants: Before fieldwork, members of the Association are introduced to theoretical knowledge, scientific issues, and the purpose of research concerning organisms or subjects that are of interest to a specific section of the Association. In fieldwork, members have a chance to apply their newly acquired knowledge.
  2. Collecting data for the scientific community: data gathered in the field is analytically processed and combined into a collection of scientific studies in an online format. The collections of the Association were proven to be an important asset to the scientific community.
  3. Promotion of science and education of the community: Alongside education of students, it is important to also educate the local community and local youth by promoting science and conservation of nature.

Nature Park Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje is exceptional when it comes to biodiversity, contributed by great geodiversity and hydrological treasures. There are three areas of special protection inside the Park: the landscape of special importance Slapnica, special woodland reserve Japetić, and park-forest Okić. Peat bog Jarak is distinguished as a member of endangered bogland habitats in Europe and the world. The Park is a part of ecological net NATURA 2000, which includes endangered areas of exceptional biodiversity in the European Union.

Nature Park Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje presents a great cultural center and tourist destination in the Republic of Croatia and should therefore be preserved. Participants of this Project take part in the preservation through volunteering in a wide range of activities, while gaining experience in fieldwork and acquiring knowledge and skills needed for the current and future protection of the Park.

The project is co-financed by: