MORE UNESCO HERITAGE FOR CENTRAL DALMATIA: GEOLOGICAL PARK BIOKOVO IMOTSKI LAKES IN 2 YEARS
(Photo credit Romulic and Stojcic)
Central Dalmatia is a region of incredible culture, with no less than 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as a wealth of other UNESCO heritage. And it will soon be adding to that number with the Geological Park Biokovo Imotski Lakes, which is expected to join the UNESCO family in the next two years.
Earlier this month, the National Commission for UNESCO Geoparks of the Republic of Croatia sent the UNESCO Council of World Geoparks based in Paris documentation for registration and accession of the Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark area to the network of UNESCO World Geoparks.
“This completes a significant chapter on our path to the ultimate goal of becoming a Geopark under UNESCO protection,” said Luka Kolovrat, director of the Imotski Tourist Board Imota.
The arrival of UNESCO evaluators is expected in the summer, and if everything goes according to plan, the Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark’s proclamation will be in the next two years.
“The initiative was launched in 2018 when we reported the Imotski Lakes Geopark project to the National Commission, and at the same time, the Biokovo Nature Park had a similar initiative. The position of the Commission was to unite the initiatives and to approach this project together,” says Kolovrat.
There are many reasons for this. One of them is that the area of Imotski Krajina (Imotski region) with the Biokovo Nature Park is a geologically, geomorphologically, and unique landscape area of the Dinaric karst. Thus a joint application would use the potential of both areas for the benefit of the local community.
“At the end of 2018 and in 2019, the City of Imotski carried out a very complex and comprehensive geological research of the area of Imotski Krajina. It was the basis for future applications. The Geological Institute prepared the geological brochure of Imotski Krajina. At the same time, we conducted intensive negotiations with representatives of PP Biokovo on a joint application, defining names, headquarters, borders, coverage, management of Geopark, etc. At the end of 2019, the geological brochure was presented to the public, and the association Geopark Imotski Lakes was founded, which took over the management, operational affairs, and coordination from the Imotski Tourist Board,” Kolovrat states the chronology. To learn more about the magical region of Imotski, click here.