Agriculture, cattle breeding and sustainable development

Objective No. 1: Encourage the development of sustainable agriculture in the whole area of the Model Forest


  • Encourage the education of farmers about the usage of pesticides in the agriculture
  • Encourage the uniting of local agriculture producers
  • Organize the education for farmers and breeders about the usage of funds for agriculture development 
  • Encourage the farmers to form extensive and environmentally friendly production
  • Revitalization of extensive cattle raising with an emphasize on indigenous species (encouragement for organizing small farms with indigenous species) 
  • Make influence on giving incentives to the families who would return to the abandoned Model Forest areas
  • Encourage manufacturing- storage capacities for agriculture products
  • Forming the forests for cattle protection- historical element
  • Control the invasive agricultural species in the area of the Model Forest

Objective No. 2 Putting abandoned farmland in operation


  • Influence on adopting measures for the conservation of forest meadows and pastures
  • Encourage the resolution of property rights of abandoned farmland and informing the landowners of the state incentives
  • Encourage the raising of truffles plantation, and valuable chestnut and hazel plantation on uncultivated abandoned areas
  • Encourage raising of indigenous species plantations

Objective No. 3 Branding the local and indigenous products


  • Influence the introduction of criteria for branding the local indigenous products with a stamp Model Forest “River Mirna Basin”- as a proof of authenticity and territorial affiliation
  • Brand the local agricultural products in the Model Forest area with the stamp of authenticity
  • Brand the products derived from the breeding of the indigenous animal species.

Objective No. 4 Strengthen the offer and competitiveness of local products


  • Influence the introduction of control of meat and dairy products origin in cooperation with authorized institutions
  • Promote agricultural products inside the Mediterranean Model Forest Network via the web site Model Forest- initiative “Traceability of local products” 
  • Encourage direct milk selling from the local producers- putting milk machines in the Model Forest area
  • Develop a marketing plan for promotion of local and indigenous agricultural products from the Model Forest area.

Objective No. 5 Sustainable management of the Mirna watercourse and other watercourses in the Model Forest area


  • Encourage the creation of expert studies on the impact of current management of the Mirna riverbed on the surrounding ecosystems, species and habitats
  • Informing and educating about the valuable and protected species and habitats in the basin of the river Mirna and other watercourses
  • Establish communication and cooperation with cities and municipalities and authorized institutions in order to implement the necessary measures to improve the management of the Mirna River and other watercourses
  • Encourage the creation of hydrographical network of the Model Forest

Measurable results and effects: farms of indigenous species, new plantations of indigenous species, agricultural cooperatives, new brands and stamps in the Model Forest area, number of families who have returned to the abandoned villages, new means of managing the River Mirna watercourse, manufacturing- storage capacities, lectures, professional studies, an increase in sales.

Activity holders: Croatian Agricultural Agency, AZRRI, agricultural associations, Istrian Region, Croatian water management company, family farms and sole trades.

Included and target groups: farmers and breeders, owners of agricultural lands, residents from Mirna River basin.