• Branislav Drašković University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Geography, Istočno Sarajevo
  • Slađana Petronić University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Biology, Istočno Sarajevo
  • Marko Gutalj University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, Istočno Sarajevo
  • Nataša Marić University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Biology, Istočno Sarajevo




grassland distribution, grassland loss, CLC database, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Two databases related to grassland in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) have been used in this research—the Copernicus Grassland (GRA) and CORINE Land Cover (CLC). The data have been processed by using GIS tools, and the spatial distribution of grass vegetation in relation to three biogeographical and four elevation zones has been determined. By using the Copernicus Water and Wetness (WaW) database, an insight into the coverage of grass vegetation in wetlands has been obtained. In addition, the analysis of changes in databases determined the total amount and location of the largest grassland losses. Based on GRA database, B&H is one of the richest countries, with 22.4% of its territory covered by grassland. According to the CLC database, pastures occupy 6.3% and natural grasslands 5.6% of the territory of B&H. However, grassland is exposed to various anthropogenic and natural processes that affect its distribution, quality, functions, etc. The CLC database has been processed by extracting the grasslands (pastures and natural grasslands) and calculating their spatial coverage and changes which happened during the three six-year periods from 2000 to 2018. The trend of decreasing pasture areas and increasing natural grasslands has been noticed. The pastures are most endangered by the processes of conversion to other types of agricultural land, while natural grassland increased spatial coverage during the period 2012–2018 mostly due to the revitalization and grazing of burned areas in the region of Herzegovina. Grasslands have been particularly targeted for afforestation and cropland conversion at present.

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How to Cite

Drašković, B., Petronić, S., Gutalj, M., & Marić, N. (2022). HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOSS OF GRASSLAND IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Journal of the Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” SASA, 72(2), 159–173. https://doi.org/10.2298/IJGI2202159D