Voditelj tog jedinstvenog dvodnevnog projekta je prof. dr.sc. Đani Benčić, predstojnik Zavoda za voćarstvo i maslinarstvo Agronomskog fakulteta u Zagrebu. Radna posjeta njegovih 30-tak najbližih znanstveno-nastavnih suradnika, studenata na dodiplomskom i poslijediplomskom studiju, novinara i javnih zagovaratelja, predviđa uzorkovanje plodova s 15-tak najstarijih stabala i berbu maslina na Brijunima te upoznavanje s procesom prerade maslina u djevičansko hladno-prešano maslinovo ulje u uljari Palunko u Fažani. Za vrijeme trajanja rada studijske skupine, znanstveni savjetnici Instituta Ruđer Bošković obaviti će uzorkovanje najstarijih maslina na Brijunima, u Fažani i Valbadonu s ciljem utvrđivanja približne starosti AMS 14 C metodom i moguće zaštite tih milenijskih stabala. Nekoliko mjeseci poslije “odležavanja”, od uzoraka tog ulja organizirat će se prvo stručno i sommelijersko ocjenjivanje maslinovog ulja dobivenog od milenijskih stabala na Brijunima. O toj svojevrsnoj maslinarskoj forenzici i stvaranju brenda maslinovog ulja s Brijuna produkcijska kuća Nove boje medija iz Zagreba snimiti će dokumentarni film koji će se početkom iduće godine prikazati europarlamentarcima u Briselu i europskoj gastronomskoj javnosti.
Od 23. do 31. listopada 2017. U Nacionalnom parku Brijuni održani su Dani otvorenih vrata.
U ponudi je bio najam bicikala i elektromibila, dnevni izbor obroka, smještaj i polupansion te organizirani tematski obilasci edukacijsko-interpretacijskim centrom Kuća za brodice, poučnom stazom Zelenikovac, kulturno-povijesnim lokalitetima po promotivnim cijenama. Raznolikost izletničkih sadržaja, onih s vlakićem ili pješke, prigodna ugostiteljska ponuda i dobro vrijeme bili su idealna prilika za savršeni doživljaj Brijuna. Bio je to dobar razlog za prvi ili ponovni posjet Brijuna, parka očaravajuće prirodne ljepote i tragova ljudskog djelovanja kroz stoljeća te je tako park u tom periodu posjetilo 4.191 posjetitelja, a u hotelu je ostvareno 760 noćenja.
Brijuni National Park marked several globally relevant nature protection days by organizing a series of educational workshops. With the first days of spring, we have marked the International Day of Forests and the World Water Day a day later, followed by the World Meteorological Day and Earth Hour. On this occasion, Brijuni National Park Public Institution prepared a series of educational workshops for preschool and school children, as well as several games promoting research spirit and awareness regarding nature that surrounds us. The pupils took a tour of the Veliki Brijun island, and they visited the Safari Park of Brijuni, the Pheasant Farm, old olive tree and the locality of Bara that represents the only freshwater habitat on the island, where they performed experiments, learning how various types of pollution impact upon the composition and quality of water, and learning about water cycle in nature. The pupils also visited a holm oak forest with bay laurel, where they learned how to recognize plant species, while discovering various forms of life hidden in the forest. Towards the end of their stay, the pupils visited the Boathouse – a modern visitor center of the National Park dedicated to education and interpretation.
The race consists of 6 disciplines: swimming, running, cycling, kayak, free diving and absail. The aim of the race is to find control points in the shortest time possible, by using topographic maps and compass (use of GPS devices is not allowed). The control points will be placed in Brijuni National Park (running, swimming, free diving and kayak), and in Štinjan, Vodnjan and the Municipality of Fažana (cycling).
With the arrival of warmer weather, Grande Gianni is in the Brijuni pool again, in conditions fairly similar to the natural sea turtle habitat. The current status of Grande Gianni is still rather challenging, however, due to poor eyesight caused by head injury and the resulting difficulties in obtaining food independently. It is expected that the sea turtle's instinct for independent search for food will eventually recover in due course (i.e. the senses of smell and sight should soon recuperate), which would allow the turtle to return to nature.
Blazer came to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Pula in June 2014. Prior to that, veterinarians from the Blue World Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Mali Lošinj took care of him. When found, this particular member of the strictly protected taxon loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), with the shell 70 centimeters long, was clearly malnourished and apparently hungry for a long period of time. Blazer had deep wounds and was merely floating rather than swimming. Therapy for the sea turtle was therefore prescribed, in cooperation with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb, together with further treatment and recovery procedure. We look forward to the turtle's remaining stay in our Park.
In cooperation with the company Lazuli komunikacije, and with support of the Underwater Sports Association Zagreb, the Croatian Red Cross (HCK) began implementing the ecological pilot project entitled Red Cross in Blue Frame. The aim of the project is to clean the coastal region and to link scuba diving clubs, national parks and local communities, in order to ensure the sustainability of cleaning campaigns and to enhance mutual cooperation and public awareness (among both inhabitants and tourists) on the need to protect the environment, the sea and the coastal region. In addition, one of the aims is to point out the importance of safe and responsible behavior at sea and on the coast. The creation of a software application is also foreseen within the project, in order to map the cleaned-up areas. The app will contain relevant data on the locations, quantity and type of collected waste, the number of scuba divers, time invested in cleaning, the number of the local inhabitants in the area, as well as on competent local institutions relevant for the implementation of eco campaigns focusing on sea and coastal area cleaning.
The second eco campaign in a row was held in the Brijuni National Park in the period from 10 until 12 June 2016. Two sites were cleaned during the campaign: the cove of Verige and the port of Brijuni. The campaign included the involvement of 15 scuba divers who continuously participate in activities aimed at cleaning the submarine and coastal areas, as well as local scuba diving clubs involved in the process.
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The Trail of Good Vibrations links eight carefully chosen sites – three in Fažana and five on the island of Veliki Brijun. Equipped with art benches, deck chairs, swings and information panels, they reveal the uniqueness of each location, coupled with the sounds of nature, piano music and a cappella songs that add to the experience.
Trail sites in Fažana can be visited at any time, free of charge and without prior notice. Visits to the sites located in the National Park require prior notice and payment of the Park entry ticket.
The campaign was initiated in 1995, by the Italian environmental protection organization Legambiente. Since then, every year in May, many associations, schools and other local institutions in 21 Mediterranean countries participate in the cleaning of the coast and the removal of waste from local beaches and protected areas. In addition to cleaning, the purpose of the campaign is to educate and raise awareness of the general public on sea pollution and consequences of unethical behavior of individuals. This year, Brijuni National Park will organize the cleaning campaign in the cove of Javorika, for approximately twenty volunteers.
The program is part of the Volunteer in Parks of Croatia program. Ten volunteers, helped and supported by Park staff, will engage in the clearing of common golden thistle from the grasslands of Brijuni – the plant that has covered large surfaces in some areas of the island of Veliki Brijun in recent years, thus directly impacting upon biodiversity. Common golden thistle (Scholymus hispanicus) is a rather frequent species in coastal areas. However, due to its prickly leaves, Brijuni game animals tend to avoid it, while at the same time grazing all the other plants in the vicinity. The aim of this volunteer program, complementing the Game Protection Program of the National Park, is to protect and conserve biological and ecological balance of the grasslands of Brijuni, thus also protecting and conserving biodiversity of the entire archipelago.
Brijuni educators and biologists prepared a special educational program for the visitors – after a tour of the island of Veliki Brijun by tourist train, the kids got the chance to explore the Saline ornithological park on foot. They learned about the bird species of the area, their living habits and threats that they are facing, but also about the importance of protected areas for birds and for biodiversity in general.
We invite all schools, kindergartens, companies, families and other interested parties to join this campaign that enables us to take care of the environment. By getting involved, you will help others, but also get a chance to visit the Brijuni National Park.
The aim of the campaign is to collect plastic bottle caps from plastic and cardboard packaging, thus enabling the Association to exchange them for funds that will then be used to purchase expensive medication needed for treatment of persons with leukemia and lymphoma, and not covered by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO).
The Brijuni National Park wishes to additionally motivate all those interested in the collection of bottle caps. Everyone who collects 1 kg of bottle caps in the period from 6 October 2015 until 3 April 2016 will receive two free entry tickets to the National Park after the end of the campaign.
Various packaging caps can be collected, including caps from oil bottles, fabric softeners, toothpastes, etc. Following the closure of the campaign, collected bottle caps will be exchanged for free entry tickets.
"Nature is something we tend to think of in the context of leisure and annual leave. However, in a country where tourism is an important branch of the economy, nature also represents an important resource. We can see that conserved nature is one of the three key reasons why so many tourists come to Croatia. According to the official data for 2014, almost three million visitors came to our National Parks and Nature Parks. According to the data available for 2015 so far, it seems we will exceed the 2014 results by at least 10 percent. In order to increase the number of visitors, while avoiding threats to nature, in particular threats to the most sensitive areas such as National Parks, it is necessary to invest – and the Boat House of Brijuni is an excellent example of investments that provide new value," Mr. Nenad Strizrep, Assistant Minister of Environmental and Nature Protection, said.
The opening ceremony hosted approximately one hundred guests, including many collaborators, performers, colleagues from various protected areas of Croatia, as well as representatives of institutions that contributed to the successful completion of this substantial and financially demanding project. In total, approximately 9,000,000.00 HRK have been invested in the renovation, equipment and other activities to prepare the Boat House for visits during the past four years. The sources of funding included own funds of the Brijuni National Park Public Institution and grants of the World Bank, Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, and MedPAN.
"Examples such as this visitor center show us how we can acquaint guests coming to our country with the richness of Croatian natural and cultural heritage in an innovative and modern way, ensuring even more attractions for them to enjoy during their visit," said Daglas Koraca, Assistant Minister of Tourism.
The visitor center is located in the Boat House – originally named Boothaus, and also known as Čamčarnica in Croatian. It is a unique Secession building on the island. Eight rooms in the facility are used to present the traditional life of Brijuni, including games, dance, music and artwork, as well as information about celebrities that visited the archipelago. The facility keeps memory of the former tenants – the Lenz family – and includes the Time Machine of Brijuni, telling the tale of the archipelago from its first inhabitants until the present day. Visitors can look at aerial video recordings of all 14 islands of the Brijuni archipelago at the push of a button, get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the archipelago through scents and play, as well as through scanning and various applications. Part of the exhibition space is dedicated to the undersea world, and the facility also includes a classroom equipped with microscopes and training equipment for educational workshops. The tour also includes rooms dedicated to threats that nature is facing and to raising awareness of its value. Souvenir shop is available as well.
This facility was built in 1902 by Paul Kupelwieser, Austrian industrialist who was the owner of Brijuni at that point in history. Young Viennese architect Eduard Kramer provided the design of the building, which served as a combination of a house and boat storage. Reinforced concrete was used in the construction – an absolute novelty in civil architecture back in those days, and the contractor was the company Ast & Comp. from the Austrian city of Graz. For over 30 years, this facility served as home to the island doctor Otto Lenz, who lived there with his wife Maria and their son Gerhard. From the end of World War II until the 1960s, the Boat House served as headquarters of the archipelago administration. In 1965, the Natural History Collection was displayed there, until 1986 when it was moved to its current space on the ground floor of the museum building. In the period from 1986 until 2012, the facility had no dedicated function. After it was renovated in 2012, the House again started serving as exhibition space for temporary exhibitions and educational workshops for children, and as venue for various lectures.
"The opening of this visitor center is an example how cooperation and understanding between various institutions, such as the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, financial institutions and the National Park Public Institution, together with experts in various profiles, can result in the creation of new value, while at the same time preserving and presenting cultural and natural heritage, and even opening new jobs. With a lot of effort and teamwork, the dream has turned into reality. Brijuni, the Istrian peninsula and Croatia got an innovative and attractive space, and this historical building can again shine in its original appearance and beauty. There is no doubt that it will continue to serve many generations to come," Sandro Dujmović, General Manager of the Brijuni National Park, concluded.
By celebrating the Earth Day, we wish to draw the attention of the public to the importance of conserving our planet. The National Park contributes to this important goal by organizing educational cycling tour as the best way to raise awareness on the importance of nature conservation, since experience of the beauty of nature of Brijuni leaves nobody indifferent. Participants will thus cycle around the northern part of the island, the Safari Park and Ethno Park, where they will look at dinosaur footprints. After that, the tour proceeds to the central part of the island and the famous ancient olive tree, the Mediterranean garden and the pond of Brijuni. Estimated duration of the tour is two hours, and its length is approximately 7 kilometers, taking cyclists along fairly easy trails. Bicycles are ensured for all participants, and children's bicycles and child bike seats are also available.