Population - 275,000 (city), 643,000 (metro area)

Sarajevo lies within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River.

The city’s economy is a mix of manufacturing, administration and tourism.

The city contains a colourful centre with an eclectic collection of architecture and rich modern history.

NBS Exemplar
In Sarajevo, the NBS exemplar proposed is to create urban garden in a state-run Children’s Home which is located next door to a Centre for Healthy Ageing.  A core feature of the exemplar is to promote and encourage intergenerational learning through the joint design, management and maintenance of the garden.  If successful, the City of Sarajevo intends to roll out the model in similar settings across the city.

Connecting Nature Partner – Sarajevo Economic Region Development Agency (SERDA)

Contact: Asmir Kosovac - asmir@serda.ba



Poor quality of the river.

Urban poverty.



Healthy multifunctional green spaces.

Green focused local businesses.



5 years’ time

Clean drinking water.

Public green areas with a mix of wilderness and human managed zones (like allotment gardens). 

Better understanding of flooding challenges.

Healthier conditions for collaboration within the city.


10 years’ time

Seriously reduced pollution from vehicles.

The river water is clean enough to swim in.