Impact of HE Ombla on bat fauna in Vilina cave

Radaković, Monika (2015) Impact of HE Ombla on bat fauna in Vilina cave. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

HEP had planned the construction of a hydroelectric power plant with the strength of approximately 68,50 MW. For the construction of HE Ombla, it would be necessary to build an underground dam on the spring of the subterranean Ombla river. The area of intervention Vilina spilja- Ombla is the area of highest biodiversity of cave fauna in Croatia, with a high percentage of endemic fauna. Regearding the bat fauna, 7 species have been noted so far and they are (in alphabetical order - latin) Miniopterus schreibersii, Myotis blythii, Myotis emarginatus, Rhinolophus blasii, Rhinolophus euryale, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum and Rhinolophus hipposideros. All the aformentioned species belong to additions II and IV of the directive on habitats, with some species being endangered on the national and global levels. Based on previous studies, construction risks of HE Ombla, its further running, and the risk of crisis situations are significant. The bat population could be threatened by various disturbances, such as unplanned sinking, changing of microclimatic conditions, and finally, the loss of their habitat. Consequently, the potential construction of HE Ombla would greatly, permanently and irrecoverably affect the ecological network and NATURA 2000. With that in mind, according to postulates of the European directive on habitats and the Law on nature protection, the project of HE Ombla construction would have to be of prevailing public interest. That is, it would have to bring great economical profit and social benefits. However, these benefits have yet to be been proven as current predictions show the energy production of mere 1.5%. On July 17th, 2015. The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection has denied the request of the Croatian national power company "Hrvatska elektroprivreda" for HE Ombla construction, and rightfully so, as the project didn't meet the (minimum) requirements in regards to the law on nature protection.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Zanella, Davor
Date: 2015
Number of Pages: 20
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 13:20
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/4736

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