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 - Tara National Park organized their third workshop with stakeholders
    - 18-04-2019
    Tara National Park organized their third workshop with stakeholders

    On April 10, 2019 a third workshop named Pro Biodiversity Business ideas development and potential financial resources was held in Tara National Park, Serbia.  The workshop was an ideal opportunity to present results achieved so far on the...

  • ECO KARST - Third workshop with stakeholders organized in Croatia
    - 18-04-2019
    Third workshop with stakeholders organized in Croatia

    On April 10, 2019, a third workshop named Presentation of the Action plan with the aim of overview and improvements of suggested activities for ecosystem conservation was held in the Eco Centre Slani Dol, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature Park,...

  • ECO KARST - Training D for Pro Biodiversity entrepreneurs in the wider area of Bijambare PL successfully organized
    - 17-04-2019
    Training D for Pro Biodiversity entrepreneurs in the wider area of Bijambare PL successfully organized

    The second training Development of Pro Biodiversity business ideas for entrepreneurs was held on April 8, 2019 in Ajdinovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The training was organized by the Dinaric Arc Parks and attended by 8 entrepreneurs,...

  • ECO KARST - First training for Pro Biodiversity entrepeneurs held in Ajdinovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    - 17-04-2019
    First training for Pro Biodiversity entrepeneurs held in Ajdinovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The first training Pro Biodiversity Business plan development for the future entrepreneurs in the wider area of Bijambare Protected Landscape (PL) was held on February 7, 2019 in Ajdinovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The training was organized by...

  • ECO KARST - Third workshop of Bukk National Park organised in Eger, Hungary
    - 16-04-2019
    Third workshop of Bukk National Park organised in Eger, Hungary

    Bukk National Park (BNPD) organised the third workshop of EcoKarst project on February 27, 2019, in Eger. The main objective of the workshop was to continue the mutual conversation with the stakeholders in order to set concrete goals into the...

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