Remediation of Palic Lake, Serbia

What can make a lake die? Palic lake affected by agrotoxics from the surrounding agricultural activities, and bad sewage treatment waits for appropriate measures to be applied.


Palić lake is a shallow Pannonian lake near Subotica. It is part of a protected natural park that sticks within 3^ category protection and includes a lake and part of the Palić village, with a total area of 713 hectares and 869 hectares safety zone. Water depth varies according to the season between 1-2 m. It's a popular tourist destination, with 3 separate beaches covering 23,8 km , and shallow waters averaging 1.9 m in depth. It is situated in the midst of a mild continental climate and receives an average of 2,100 hours of sunshine per year, with an average summer temperature of 20°C. As early as the end of the last century the Lake’s vegetation begun to increase and water levels to recede, affected by increased temperatures, changing wind patterns and the presence of waste water.

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Basic Data
NameRemediation of Palic Lake, Serbia
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Water Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Water treatment and access to sanitation (access to sewage)
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThey will dug out 1.9 million cubic meters of silt From the lake and built a tape for the disposal of sludge, as well they'll construct aquatic ecosystems designed to improve water quality in the lake.
Level of Investment (in USD)1,887,753
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date01/01/1970
Relevant government actorsLocal authorities
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCentre for Ecology and Sustainable Development (CESD)

Provincial Institute for Nature Protection
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)UNKNOWN
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Project StatusIn operation
Development of AlternativesThree years ago Regional Institute for the Protection of Nature has done the revision of lake protection, prepared a new study, re-assess the state of the lake and changed the decree on the protection order in the frame of the applicable EU legislation.

A Platform to improve the ecological status of Palic lake and its surroundings was establish by the mayor and is made up of experts from Subotica.

The responsibles say that the first results will be seen in two - three years "if we are seriously approaching the realization of this platform and we keep the action plan." But the problem could be the lack of funds.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Sources and Materials

Eutrophication: Status, Trends and Restoration Strategies for Palic Lake
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Uskoro akcioni plan za sanaciju Palićkog jezera
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Sanacija jezera Palić
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Sanacija jezera Palić
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Action plan
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U maju počinju prvi radovi na sanaciji jezera Palić
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Prezentacija Platforme za unapređenje statusa Palićkog jezera
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Sanacija jezera Palić
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Media Links

U maju počinju prvi radovi na sanaciji jezera Palić
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Video: Jezero Palic - Sanacija (Izmuljavanje ) 70-tih godina
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ContributorKatarina; Focus, association for sustainable development; [email protected]
Last update04/11/2014