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Cutting down of the Zlatibor park forest, Serbia

Despite opposition by the local civil association, Zlatibor park forest -consisted of pine trees aged from 50-100 years- was cut to give way to touristic infrastructure.


Zlatibor forest is a park located in the center of a small town Zlatibor on the mountain Zlatibor in the south-west of Serbia. The park of 202 ha was planted one century ago as a part of the afforestation plan of the Zlatibor Mountain, and it mainly consisted of pine trees aged from 50-100 years.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cutting down of the Zlatibor park forest, Serbia
Location of conflict:Zlatibor, Čajetina
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Tourism Recreation
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Deforestation
Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Urban development conflicts
Specific commodities:Land
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project details

More than 700 pine trees aged from 50-100 years were cut down.

Project area:202
Level of Investment:unknown
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:unknown
Start of the conflict:2011
Company names or state enterprises:Kalman DOO from Serbia - Project investor
Serbian Orthodox Church (Sprska Pravoslavna Crkva) (SPC ) from Serbia - Owner of the park land
Relevant government actors:The Municipality of of Čajetina, The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, The Serbian Environmental Inspection, The State Enterprise for Forest Management "Srbijašume"
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Civil association “Sačuvajmo zlatiborsku šumu”:
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Soil erosion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:No changes were made in the municipal plan as demanded.
Development of alternatives:The association “Save the Zlatibor forest” required changes in the Čajetina municipality regulation plan that would include halting the cutting down of the Zlatibor forest.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The construction projects are ongoing and the Čajetina municipality regulation plan has not been changed as demanded by the activists.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Zlatiborska suma Blog
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On line petition (English)
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Unistavaju sume, nicu gradilista
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Testerama unistavaju blago zlatibora
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Map with details (English)
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Nastavljena seca sume na Zlatiboru
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A gde je suma?
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Mere za očuvanje prirode na Zlatiboru
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Documentary movie by Udruzenje gradjana ‘Sacuvajmo zlatiborsku sumu’ (Serbian)
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Eko-karavan: A gde je šuma? - Posečena!
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Unistavanje parka prirode na Zlatiboru
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Documentary movie by RTS – Eko Karavan – Zlatiborska suma (Serbian)
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Contributor:Jovanka Spiric, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, vankajo(at)
Last update05/05/2016
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