ECO KARST Ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development

The ECO KARST project aims to contribute to the protection and sustainable development of karst bio-regions in the Danube region based on their valued Ecosystem services*. The project addresses 7 nature protected karst areas in 7 different countries with common features and similar problems.

Rosalia longicorn (Rosalia alpina), National Park Kalkalpen, Austria (Foto: Marek)

The project builds on the opportunity to use the natural heritage of 7 protected areas as an economic development factor. The project will support development, based on a sustainable management and awarness of the vulnerability of karst ecosystems. By doing so, the project will increase pro-biodiversity business (PBB) opportunities.Bijambare lake, Bosna i Hercegovina (Foto: E. Muratović) 

ECO KARST will involve various public and private actors into capacity building, networking and know-how transfer. 7 local action plans and 1 common strategy for karst nature protected areas will be developed by local participatory Ecosystem valorisations.  This will upgrade nature conservation and facilitate pro-biodiversity business in the Danube region.
Notranjska regional park, Slovenia (Foto: D. Bordjan)

Pro-biodiversity business models for entrepreneurs in the pilot areas will be developed and best PBB ideas will be widely promoted. Local and transnational networks for experience sharing and promotion will be established. Resulting guidance on how to introduce Ecosystem services and  and Pro-biodiversity business will serve as a toolkit for the entire Danube and Dinaric region.

*ES = the benefits people obtain from ecosystems, MA 2006

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Ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development
Start date
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2 263 661
ERDF Contribution: 1 427 777
IPA Contribution: 496 335
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Slovenian Forest Service Lead partner dragan.matijasic@zgs.si Slovenia
Notranjska Regional Park ERDF partner jost.stergarsek@notranjski-park.si Slovenia
Public Institution „Nature Park Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje“ ERDF partner kristijan.brkic@park-zumberak.hr Croatia
Kalkalpen National Park ERDF partner christoph.nitsch@kalkalpen.at Austria
Global Nature Fund – International Foundation for Environment and Nature ERDF partner hoermann@globalnature.org Germany
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Project News

  • ECO KARST - Second workshop on sustainable development held in the Apuseni Nature Park
    - 16-11-2018
    Second workshop on sustainable development held in the Apuseni Nature Park

    On November 15, 2018, Apuseni Nature Park Administration organized the workshop on sustainable development of the Apuseni Nature Park area at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vârtop. The workshop was supported by the Slovenian Forest Service and Global...

  • ECO KARST - Second workshop with stakeholders organized in Notranjska Regional park
    - 09-11-2018
    Second workshop with stakeholders organized in Notranjska Regional park

    This week, a second workshop  with stakeholders of Notranjska Regional park was held in Cerknica at the Anglers' Club. The main objective of the workshop was to identify key elements of a successful Pro Biodiversity business as well as to list...

  • ECO KARST - Tara National Park organized their second workshop with stakeholders
    - 02-11-2018
    Tara National Park organized their second workshop with stakeholders

    On October 26, 2018, a second workshop named Possibilities for Pro Biodiversity business development with stakeholders was organized in Bajina Bašta, Serbia. The workshop was organized by Tara National Park with the support of Slovenian Forest...

  • ECO KARST - Second workshop with stakeholders held in Hungary
    - 30-10-2018
    Second workshop with stakeholders held in Hungary

    In October 2018, a second workshop with stakeholders of the Bükk region was held in Eger, at Szt. István hotel. The workshop was attended by 45 stakeholders from the local government, business, local population and general public. The first...

  • ECO KARST - Second workshop with project stakeholders held in Bijambare Protected Landscape
    - 19-10-2018
    Second workshop with project stakeholders held in Bijambare Protected Landscape

    On September 21, 2018, a second workshop with project stakeholders was held in Bijambare Protected Landscape. The workshop was organized within the fair of local products titled Golden colours and organized by the Cantonal Public Institution for...

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