Natural Monument “Vagan” Cave

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    Area

    120,000 m2

    Manager

    Municipality Šipovo

    Location

    Šipovo

    It was first declared as a protected area at the time of Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1970. The government of Republika Srpska confirmed its present status in 2013.

    Category

    Nature monument- III

    Specifics

    The Cave is rich with cave decorations including massive cave columns, stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones that are filling for the most part all the cave’s halls and tunnels. It’s a habitat of several species of bats. Vagan Cave got its protected status already back in 1970 when it was placed under protection as a geomorphological rarity by then Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Current State

    The entrance gate to the cave has been mangled on several occasions. Even though the power lines have been brought to the cave, it has never been electrified. Trash strewn around the cave’s entrance and in the cave.

    Allowed

    Scientific research, agricultural production in individual households, raising native deciduous species along with the preservation of native vegetation, construction of new facilities and doing work  conducting work with the aim to conserve and protect the natural heritage, road maintenance, keeping the existing road infrastructure and possibly paving only those roads that might lead to a planned parking lot that could connect the settlement and the current special purpose location in accordance with a planning ordinance or some other official document, street lighting in urban areas which can have exclusively landscape character Area.

    Prohibited

    Industrial extraction of mineral and non-mineral raw materials throughout the area, every type of ice extraction, primary processing and reconcentration of raw materials except in cases of strategic interest that call for redefining environmental protection concerns , depositing of primary gangue and secondary tailings, as well as communal, industrial and other rubbish or the leftover soil from excavation at a protected area; the construction of industrial, hydrotechnical, infrastructural and other facilities which might degrade the quality of the soil, waters, air, plant and living species environment, and the landscape’s beauty, cultural heritage and its surroundings;, to change the area’s land use designation, except for changes specified in the Manager’s program documents, land clearing and forest destruction, ploughing of fields and grazing land, planting, it is further prohibited to intentionally transplant or plant wild plants that are not native to the area’s wildlife, except in the case of erosion and landslide prevention.

    Related documents

    ZAKON O ZAŠTITI PRIRODE REPUBLIKE SRPSKE
    ODLUKU O ZAŠTITI SPOMENIKA PRIRODE VAGANSKA PEĆINA