Connecting Natural Heritage in Vojvodina Province (Republic of Serbia) with the EuroVelo 6 Route via Greenways



Publication Date

August 2022


EuroVelo is a network of 17 long distance cycle routes through European continent which length is over 90 000 km long. EuroVelo 6 route connects the Atlantic ocean with the Black sea, and its total length is 3 653 km. It is also called “Rivers Route” because this cycling route runs along some of Europe’s major rivers, such as Loire, Saone, Rhine and Danube. The EuroVelo 6 enters Serbia near the town of Bački Breg and follows the meandering Danube. Through Vojvodina Province, the “Rivers route” is 328 km long and it passes by exceptional natural and landscape totality. In the north – west of Serbia, on the border with Hungary and Croatia, Special Natural Reserve “Gornje Podunavlje” is located. “Gornje Podunavlje” is a protected natural area, and it belongs to the first category of protection. It is used for tourism, forestry, hunting and fishing. Special Natural Reserve “Karađorđevo” is located near the town of Bač, it belongs to the second category of protection, and is used for the same purposes. Only a few kilometers away, near the town of Bačka Palanka, Tikvara Nature Park is located. This natural area belongs to the third category of protection, and it represents the potential of tourism development. Near the end of the EuroVelo 6 route through Vojvodina there is Special Natural Reserve “Koviljsko-Petrovaradinski rit” which represents a mosaic of forest, meadow and swamp ecosystems (Amidžić et al., 2017). Connection of natural heritage in Vojvodina with the EuroVelo 6 route can potentially be achieved via greenways. Greenways are much more complex and richer than the simplistic ways greenspace is often conceived of, as mere open that is, undeveloped space. Because of their various functions, greenways can be important mechanisms for helping fit development to the environment (Hellmund and Smith, 2006). By planting appropriate indigenous species of trees and shrubs would be created more pleasant conditions for cyclists, provide shade, protect from wind gusts and excessive insolation. Greenways would also improve the aesthetic value of landscapes. Besides that, it would also provide increased yields in agriculture, wood production, improvement of environmental conditions and offering other ecosystem services like carbon sequestration and thus reduce climate change, allows the migration of animal, etc.