Project BBio - Sustainable development of border areas through conservation of indigenous breeds and the establishment of gene-centers in Buhovo and Biokovo.

About BBio project

 

 

In the area of Dalmatia and Herzegovina there exists a wide variety of autochthonous – indigenous breeds of domestic animals and among the more important are cattle (Busha, Grey cattle), donkey (Primorje-Dinaric donkey, Hercegovinian donkey), sheep (Dubrovnik Ruda , Dalmatian, Herzegovinian and Lika Pramenka sheep) and goat (Croatian Spotted goat and Croatian White goat).

Due to new trends in agriculture over the course of the last fifty years, primarily industrialization of the agriculture and introduction of purpose-bred hybrids, traditional breeds are becoming more and more endangered and are disappearing at an accelerated rate.  At the same time, due to social and economic trends in the rural area with the tendency of switching to tourism, the number of breeders of traditional breeds is decreasing. However, recognising the value of the wealth of the genetic fund of our region through the production of agricultural and food products and creating a unique tourist offer offers itself as a basis for the development of the region. 

BBio project was developed precisely for that reason, with the aim to preserve and valorise the agricultural and biological diversity of border areas through territorial cooperation between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to ensure sustainable development of aforementioned areas, BBio project will establish an educational-info centre in Ravna Vlaška at the Biokovo Nature Park and educational multipurpose hall at the Centre for Autochthonous Breeds Preservation in Buhovo. Goal of the Centre is to maintain a base flock of breeds for further selection and reproduction, to promote the establishment of unique research units which will contribute to the preservation of priceless genetic wealth, raise public awareness on the preservation of breeds through educational activities, to develop adventure and ecotourism, to preserve breeds in their natural habitat which a at the same time preserves the diversity of the landscape and directly contributes to fire protection which is especially important within the context of preserving the Biokovo Nature Park. 

Long-term preservation of original breeds is not feasible without the breeders who “created” this diversity in the first place. Project envisages holding a series of educational workshops and development of manuals for the autochthonous breed breeders and producers which will contribute to the advancement of their knowledge, networking, stronger promotion of authentic products and better market organisation.

 

 

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