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VLASINA is a mountainous region of southeastern Serbia. It is a border area to Bulgaria , a region of the Rhodopian Serbia, with old rocks and mountains. Its most prominent landforms are eponymous Vlasina River and Vlasina Lake . It corresponds to the territories of municipalities of Crna Trava , Vlasotince and Surdulica .

The region consists of fours smaller, micro-regions: Crna Trava , Znepolje , Lužnica and Vlasotince . Near Vlasotince, remains of the ancient volcanic eruptions are quite visible.

ECONOMY

The largest center of the whole region is the town of Vlasotince , but in general, the area is one of the least developed in Serbia, very poor and extremely depopulating. For example, population of Crna Trava municipality decreased from around 14,000 in 1953 to mere 2,500 in 2002. Accordingly, density also plunged, from 43 per km² in 1953 to only 8 per km² in 2002.

A circular freeway connects the valleys of the Vlasina and Južna Morava rivers.

In 2005 Hellenic Bottling Co., a subsidiary of The Coca Cola Company, bought the local water factory ("Rosa" is a trademark for this water) which is located close to the Vlasina source thus causing potests of the local environmentalists. Activists from the "Eco base South" (Eko baza Jug) were afraid of overexploitation drying out the sources of the river.

REFERENCES

* Jovan Đ. Marković (1990): Enciklopedijski geografski leksikon Jugoslavije; Svjetlost-Sarajevo; ISBN 86-01-02651-6 * Veliborka Staletovic, Environmentalists Against Exploitation of Potable Water, 23 February 2005, published at * Valentina Zlatković (2007-06-22) Biser juga pod zaštitom države. Politika (in Serbian)

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Geographical regions of Serbia

* Azbukovica * Bačka * Banat * Belica * Binačko Pomoravlje * * Braničevo * Deliblatska Peščara * Dobrič * Drenica * * Goljak * Gora * * Gornje Livade * Gornji Breg * Gruža * Homolje * Ibarski Kolašin * * Jablanica * Jadar * Jasenica * Kačer * Kolubara * Komarani * Kopaonik * Kosanica * Kosmaj * Kozjačija * Kučaj * Lepenica * Lešnica * Levač * Ljig * Lugomir * Lužnica * Mačva * Malo Kosovo * * Metohija * * Metohijski Podgor * * Mlava * Morava Valley * Moravac * Negotinska Krajina * Opolje * * Pančevački Rit * Pčinja * Pešter * Pocerina * Podlužje * Podrimlje * Podrinje * Podunavlje * Polimlje * Pomoravlje * Pomorišje * Posavina * Potisje * Prekoruplje * * Preševo Valley * Prizenski Has * * Prizrenski Podgor * * Rađevina * Rasina * Raška * Sandžak * Šajkaška * Sirinićka župa * * Šopluk * Sredačka župa * * Srem * Stari Vlah * Stig * Šumadija * Šumadijska Kolubara * Svrljig * Tamnava * Telečka * Temnić * Timočka Krajina * Toplica * Užička Crna Gora * Valjevska Kolubara * Veliki Rit * Visok * Vlasina * Zaglavak * Zlatibor

(*) indicates location within Kosovo

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Protected areas of Serbia

NATIONAL PARKS

* Đerdap * Fruška Gora * Kopaonik * Šar Mountain * Tara

NATURE RESERVES

* Bagremara * Brzansko Moravište * Bukovo * Stari Begej – Carska Bara * Danilova kosa * Deliblato Sand * Goč * Gornje Podunavlje * Jelašnička river Gorge * Jerma * Karađorđevo * Koviljsko-petrovaradinski rit * Kraljevac * Lake Ludaš * Obedska bara * Okanj * Pastures of the Great Bustard * Prebreza * Prokop * Selevenjske pustare * Slano Kopovo * Suva Planina * Titelski Breg * Trešnjica river Gorge * Uvac * Venerina padina * Vinatovača * Zasavica

NATURE PARKS

* Begečka jama * Golija * Grmija * Jegricka Nature Park * Kamaraš * Šargan - Mokra Gora * Palić lake * Ponjavica * Sićevačka Gorge * Stara Planina * Tikvara * Stara Tisa * Zlatibor

Landscapes of outstanding features

* Avala * Đetinja Gorge * Gradac Gorge * Kamena Gora * Kosmaj * Ćelije hydroacumulation * Mali Rzav Springs * Miruša Waterfalls * Ovčar-Kablar Gorge * River Pčinja Valley * Radan * Lepterija - Soko Grad * Ras - * Sopoćani * Subotička Peščara * Veliko Ratno Ostrvo * Vlasina * Vršac Mountains * Zaovine

Natural monuments (selection)

* Đavolja Varoš * Marble cave * Resavska cave * Rugova Canyon *