“During the period April-August 2008 and in toward the TOR, a range of field work and other activities were performed by the project team members. Inside the five predefined priority areas (PAs, island Pag, Krka valley, Cetina valley, Vis and remote islands, island Mljet and Pelješac peninsula) the total of 36 smaller areas are detected, particularly important for biodiversity (Important Biodiversity Area – IBDA): 5 on island Pag, 6 in Krak river orifice, 19 on island Vis and remote islands of south Adriatic, 3 on island Mljet, 3 on Pelješac peninsula and 7 in river Cetina valley. In each IBDA the mapping activities were performed for target vascular flora and habitats in total of 173 localities. (Fig. 1). The total of 1323 species and subspecies were detected, i.e. 25% of total number of taxa in whole Croatia (Annexes 1-6). As a contribution to the knowledge on taxa distribution the total of 11912 geocoded data are gathered on the field. All findings are now the part of Flora Croatica Database (FCD, (http://hirc.botanic.hr/fcd/) fully available to the public. Photo documentation, part of this Report, contains a great number of photos of species, habitats and localities (DVD in attachment). Between mapped species and related records, occur the new localities for 63 endemic species. For the group of threatened species (according to the Red Book of Croatian Vascular Flora, published and on-line version 2008) occur the new localities for 14 critical endangered taxa (CR), 17 endangered taxa (EN), and 22 vulnerable taxa (VU). New findings are recorded for 167 taxa protected by the law and 171 taxa strictly protected by the law. Also, the part of collected data are new findings for species from Habitat Directive 92/43 1993 (Annex II 2004). In all IBDAs are recorded incidences of rare and threatened habitats according to the specific criteria. The collected data set contain numerous new findings, but also confirmation of some doubtful records from the literature and collections, sometimes several decades old. Practical, expert and scientific value of activities preformed inside COAST project is very high. New cumulated data have practical importance for many disciplines, i.e. spatial valorization, sustainable development and management, biodiversity conservation, invasive species tracking, education, popularization, dissemination, …), especially on the light of systematic inventory weakness in Croatia. Also, inside the project frame, the autochtonous flora inventory of agriculturally important sites is performed. The comparison of biodiversity in olive groves and vineyards cultivated on conventional and ecological manner on islands Hvar and Brač were done. New and original results show significantly higher biodiversity in ecologically treated areas. For each IBDA the management recommendations are suggested, as well as recommendation for integration in national ecological network and level of protection for some areas and localities, and other activities (i.e. instructive paths, tourist attractions, etc.). As a part of project activities, the book «The Flora of Adriatic Coast and Islands” is produced and published in December 2008. This publication cover 250 most common Mediterranean species and species with more than 300 additionally mentioned taxa, presented on attractive and popular manner on total of 558 full color pages. All nine authors are professional botanist. The publishers are Faculty of Science-Zagreb, and Školska knjiga d.o.o.-Zagreb. The three official presentations are done until now: in the frame of Flora Art fair, InterLiber books exhibition and as an official presentation in publishers organization. The part of circulation is devoted to UNDP office in Zagreb, and the most part is available in book shops across the conutry.”
Mitić, B.; Topić J.; Ilijanić, Lj; Jasprica, N.; Milović, M.; Ruščić, M.; Pandža, M.; Bogdanović, S.; Dolina, K. Kartiranje flore Dalmacije : prioritetna područja: otok Pag, estuarij Krke, otok Vis i pučinski otoci, Pelješac i Mljet, tok Cetine. Zagreb : Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, 2009.