Cave Vjetrenica – monograph



In cooperation with the Public Company Vjetrenica d.o.o. (Trg Ruđera Boškovića bb, 88370 Ravno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) you can now buy the monograph: Vjetrenica, cave biodiversity hotspot of the Dinarides, through the NGO Osmica from Karlovac. The price of the book is 240,00 HRK (60 BAM, 32 EUR). If shipping is needed, extra postage is paid upon delivery. The monograph can be ordered via e-mail: and all information and arrangements for ordering and delivery can be done by e-mail or phone: +385 (0) 98890685 (Damir Basara).

The institutional-development project “Inventory, mapping and monitoring populations of the Natura species the olm (Proteus anguinus) and congeria (Congeria kusceri) and Natura habitat 8310 (Caves not open  to the public) in the future protected area Popovo polje-Vjetrenica” was supported by the Environmental Protection Fund of the BiH Federation, through 2019 and 2020, and conducted  by Public Enterprise Vjetrenica from Ravno and ADIPA: Society for Research and Preservation of the Natural Diversity of Croatia.  Amongst numerous other activities, as part of the project the monograph VJETRENICA: Cave Biodiversity hotspot of the Dinarides was prepared and published at the beginning of 2021.

The bilingual Croatian-English monograph is in horizontal format, printed on HQ paper, vacuum packed in transparent foil, with 356 pages and a hard cover. Along with the text, the monograph includes 323 photographs, 20 drawings, 27 copies, 27 maps, 32 tables and 2 graphs.

NameVJETRENICA: Cave Biodiversity hotspot of the Dinarides
Format240 x 196 mm, landscape
Paper135 g/m2
CoverHard 2,5 mm, rounded spine, vacuum packed in transparent foil
PrintedGrafotisak, Grude, BIH; 2000 pcs
LanguageBilingual, Croatian / English
Pages Nr356
AttachmentsPhotos: 323; drawings: 20; Copies: 27; maps: 27; Tables: 32; Graphs: 2
Weight1375 g
Authors31 from 12 states
PatronEnvironmental Protection Fund of the BiH Federation
PublisherPublic Enterprise Vjetrenica, Ravno, BIH
Co-publisherADIPA: Society for Research and Preservation of Natural Diversity of Croatia
Graphic designMarijana Pekas Lana

The monograph is the work of eminent experts, as many as 31 authors, from 12 countries (in alphabetical order): Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, northern Macedonia, Germany, United States, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and about 20 other contributors of photographs and other material listed in the imprint.

The monograph begins with the chapter PREFACES consisting of the Publisher’s preface written by the director of JP Vjetrenica Nikša Vuletić and the Editor’s foreword, signed by the editor-in-chief of the monograph Roman Ozimec.

Chapter 2 INTRODUCTION follows, in which we present the basic framework of Vjetrenica, first the fascinating geo-tectonic system of the Dinarides, then the elements of the Dinaric karst, and Popovo polje and its fantastic speleological features. The following is a concise, very interesting historical overview of the researchers and research in Vjetrenica, and finally, the cave’s description.

Within Chapter 3, GENERAL PART, the geographical location of Vjetrenica is described, along with extensive information on its speleogenesis, speleomorphology and hydrology, with the latest topographic plan of the cave, which is very elegantly technically incorporated into the book. The microclimate and ecology of Vjetrenica are described, along with all documented habitats, some of which are published here for the first time, along with proposed future classifications. Finally, the previously known paleontological value of Vjetrenica is highlighted, as well as newly discovered archaeological finds, indicating the potential that awaits further researchers.

The middle Chapter 4 SPECIAL PART gives an insight into the great hidden treasure of Vjetrenica, its exceptional biodiversity. The chapter begins with a systematic review of Vjetrenica biodiversity, followed by specialist subchapters dealing with the bacterial / microbial communities of Vjetrenica and, for the first time, its protists, and fungi. The most comprehensive subchapter of the monograph – the animals of Vjetrenica, deals with as many as 40 taxonomic groups (T.3.), some of taxa still not yet scientifically described.

Chapter 5 SYNTHESIS evaluates the speleological and biospeleological features of Vjetrenica and the Popovo polje-Vjetrenica area, for which a Speleological and Biospeleological Catalogue has been prepared and extended to include the entire municipality of Ravno. Threats to and protection of Vjetrenica and its ecological and genetic biodiversity are analysed. This is followed by an interesting overview of completed development projects at Vjetrenica, including the establishment of the first Biospeleological museum in the world.  The chapter concludes with a very interesting and possible futuristic vision for Vjetrenica.

Chapter 6 ADDITION provides a detailed taxonomic list of the entire currently known biodiversity of Vjetrenica, which includes as many as 230 species, of which 96 are obligatory cave species (stygobionts and troglobionts). The monograph concludes with Chapter 7 LITERATURE for which more than 530 references relating to Vjetrenica have been collected, and partly, together with other specialist references are included in this Chapter with finally about 400 references.