“Clean Serbia” safeguards more than 40 Serbian rivers

5. April 2023.

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A direct effect of the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” Project will be visible on almost 50 of our rivers. Whether we are talking about large water systems or smaller rivers known only to the locals, the implementation of the “Clean Serbia” Project will accomplish the preservation of their biodiversity.

The importance of rivers is clearly seen in the fact that they are a natural habitat for many species. Fish, birds, mammals live in rivers or around them and depend on them in order to source food. Additionally, rivers play a very important role in connecting various habitats and they are a pathway in the movement of plants, animals and nutrients. Rivers are very important for birds who depend on them for food, water and habitat.  The birds use wetland habitats in order to reproduce, and through the rivers, they migrate from one habitat to another.

Apart from the aforementioned, the health of river ecosystem directly impacts the quality of drinking water. Forests and rivers have the role on natural filters which constantly treat the water, which in turn requires less chemical treatment and other expensive artificial treatment means in order to make it suitable for drinking.

In our rivers unfortunately, fecal waters are one of the most common pollutants. Unplanned settlements and spontaneous construction have led to many rivers getting polluted. Such pollution leads to the reduction of other plant and animal species. Certain Serbian rivers are a far cry from a shining pearl of nature that they used to be.

With the construction of sewage network and by draining the wastewater to the wastewater treatment plan, “Clean Serbia” makes it possible not only for water, but the surrounding nature to remain clean.

The Danube and the rivers Morava, Toplica, Kolubara, Tamnava Dunav, Morava, Toplica, Kolubara, Tamnava are just some of the rivers included in the Project, and the number of residents covered by this program is around 2.5 million in 69 units of local self-government.