Traditional varieties and breeds of Dalmatia

20 May 2015

The book Traditional varieties and breeds of Dalmatia is designed to convey the richness and diversity of the Dalmatian natural environment to readers. But this is not just a coffee table book, however stunning the photos. 

And it is not just an academic study, however rigorous the science behind it. More than that, it is a call to action to protect, revitalize and promote the traditional varieties of crop plants and the breeds of domestic animals, that have made Dalmatia such a diverse and unique region – and that now face the threat of competition from industrialized agriculture and the ominous shadow of climate change.

This comprehensive publication was prepared with UNDP’s support as part of a broader USD 7-million project, which in the period from 2006-2013 helped create more than 100 “green businesses” in Dalmatia. 

The thinking here was to create a model for family businesses that would combine three goals: preserving the natural environment and protecting biodiversity; generating sustainable livelihoods for local farmers, and thus slowing outward migration; and cultivating specifically Dalmatian traditions, landscapes, cuisine and culture. 

The book was designed as part of the COAST project, which in the period from 2006 to 2013, was conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection. The aim of the project was to promote green rural development of Dalmatia based on local resources, traditions and environmental protection, and was implemented with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

The authors of the publication are renowned Croatian scientists in the field of agronomy and biological sciences: Roman Ozimec, Francis Strikić, Jasminka Karoglan Kontić, Edi Maletić and Zdravko Matotan. Editors are Snježana Mihinica and Roman Ozimec.

The book was published with the support of the State Institute for Nature Protection, the Public Institution "Krka National Park", Zadar County, the Public Institution ReraSD for the coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.