Adriatic Region is unique biodiversity is internationally important. High percentages of the region’s indigenous species are endemic (they are found nowhere else on Earth). The uniqueness of many of Adriatic Region’s indigenous plants and animals means that responsibility for their continued existence is entirely ours.
Adriatic Region’s natural resources include unique species and special places on land and in marine areas that are valued and enjoyed for their intrinsic values, for what they offer to future generations.
The intrinsic and intergenerational values of these natural resources are part of the heritage of all peoples. Many of the natural features that give Adriatic Region an international reputation as an „half island region“ of outstanding natural values, lie wholly or in part within public conservation lands and waters. Peoples in Adriatic Region have developed a deep understanding of and strong links to natural resources over many centuries.
The vision of the Adriatic Nature Heritage Fund is to protect indigenous ecosystems that represent the full range of natural diversity originally present in the landscape through the establishment of a sustainable and interacting system of protected areas.
The objective is to enable, facilitate, and support activities directed at the protection of indigenous ecosystems, through helping to permanently protect representative, sustainable, landscape and amenity values of indigenous ecosystems. It does this by purchase of interest, or, while leaving the land in private ownership, through covenanting, leasing, accords, and management agreements.
The fund’s scope includes all indigenous terrestial ecosystems that in their local or national context are considered important ecologically. It includes indigenous forests, wetlands, tussock lands and coastal ecosystems on private land.