Tourist dock Sakadaš
Nature Park Kopački rit is one of the most preserved floodplains in Europe. It is characterized by its unique biodiversity and exceptional beauty of the landscape, which is constantly changing with changing seasons, but also influenced by the entry and exit of water. Kopački Rit provides optimal living conditions and enables survival of many biological species. A tour of Kopački Rit by waterway along with expert guides is one of the most attractive offerings of the Park, but the existing dock at Sakadaš Lake is inadequate because it depends on the current level of flooding and does not provide fast, safe and easy boarding / unloading of visitors. The project of the construction of the tourist dock Sakadaš in Kopački rit Nature Park is financed by the funds from the European Structural and Investment Funds, from the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020”, Call KK.06.1.2.01. – Promotion of sustainable use of natural heritage in national parks and nature parks. The
grant agreement between JUPP Kopački rit, SAFU and the Ministry of Regional Development and European Funds was signed on October 5th, 2017.
The total eligible project costs are 11,014,407.14 kn, of which 85% are financed by the European Union (9,362,246.06 kn), and 15% are Public funds (1,652,161.08 kn) – of which the Environment and Energy Efficency Fund co-finances up to 981.843,50 kn and the Ministry of Environment and Energy maximum 670.317,58 kn. The implementation of the project is planned until 2021. In 20211 the implementation of the project has been extended until December 15, 2021. This project will valorise the natural heritage of Kopački rit by building a new infrastructure, ensuring the development of visitor and educational content and facilitating a simpler, safer and more regulated approach to one of the most visited attractions of the Park, which is the driving of tourist boats and small boats.
The main objectives of the project are: increase of the number of visitors educated on natural heritage of Kopački rit Nature Park, construction and equipping of new visitor infrastructure within the Park, new pontoon system that adjusts to the water level of the area and ensures better access to visitor amenities in the Nature Park, also for people with disabilities and increased number of visits. The project will also finance the purchase of a tourist boat solar powered and four small boats, which will significantly enhance the experience of the natural values of Kopački rit, due to its quiet movement and environmental harmlessness . Within the project, educational programs for
pre-school children, elementary and high school students and adult visitors will be conceived and developed, and a study of visitors management will be developed. Investing in infrastructure and the development of new educational content will enable a greater fluctuation of visitors, and the supply of excursion electroplating boat and small boats will allow all visitors a completely new experience of flora and fauna in the Nature Park.