Project "ECO KARST - ecosystem services of karst protected areas - driving force of local sustainable development" is carried out in the framework of the common policy of the European Union and the Danube Transnational Program (DTP), which promotes the economic, social and territorial cohesion in the Danube region with the integration policy selected areas (Interreg - Danube Transnational Program). The specific objective of the project is to encourage the sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources. The project started on 1 January 2017 and lasts 2.5 years. The project involves 12 partners from 9 countries in the Danube region, led by the Slovenian Forest Service. The total value of the project financed by the EU (ERDF + IPA) is € 2,273,302.50.
The first meeting of project partners was held in the period 8th to 10th of March 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where activities on the project Eco Karst started, with aim to preserve biodiversity characteristic karst areas in the framework of the Danube Basin and the development of local entrepreneurship based on ecosystem services.
The idea of the project is to first develop a methodology to assess the state of biodiversity of karst ecosystem in 7 protected areas, and together with the local people come to the list of possible ecosystem services. For all the pilot areas, the action plan will be prepared for the improvement and preservation of biodiversity and the development of local entrepreneurship based on ecosystem services. The experiences of this project will be applicable to the entire area of the Dinaric Arc and the Danube Basin.
Project partners are:
- Slovenian Forest Service, Slovenia
- Notranjska Regional Park, Slovenia
- Public Institution “Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje”, Croatia
- National Park Kalkalpen, Austria
- Global nature Fund - International Foundation for Environmental and Nature, Germany
- Bukk National Park Directorate , Hungary
- Center for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
- RNP "Romsilva - Apuseni Nature Park Administration", Romania
- Parks Dinarides - Network of Protected Areas of Dinarides, Montenegro
- Center for Environmentally Sustainable Development, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cantonal Public Institution for the Protected Natural Areas of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Public Utility "National Park Tara", Serbia.
Associate partners in the project are:
- Ministry of Physical Planning, Civil Engineering and Environmental Protection of Sarajevo Canton, B&H
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Slovenia,
- Bihor Council County, Romania,
- Alpine Association Slovenia.