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Dry Stone Walling – Croatia

December 12, 2007

VolunteerEko-centar Caput Insulae-Beli, in Beli, on Croatia’s largest island – Cres, is a research and education centre for the protection of nature which was founded in 1993 by Dr. Goran Sušić, who then became its president.

It is a registered non-governmental, not-for-profit, founded upon the integral protection of the Eurasian Griffon Vulture – one of the most endangered bird species in Europe that is threatened with extinction.  They adopted a holistic approach to the protection of natural and cultural-historical heritage on the island of Cres.

On a regular basis, for several years they have been working on the restoration of the drystone walls (gromača) and are striving to protect the traditional knowledge of how to build them.  The programme is run by Goran Sušić, PhD and Vesna Radek, BSc.Dry stone walling  This initiative along with pond cleaning, sheep shearing, craft making and path building is helping the sheep farmers remain on the Island which in turn helps the Eurasian Griffon Vulture survive.

Cost:  Euro 149 for 1 week up to Euro 871 for 12 weeks


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