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 - Apuseni Nature Park successfully organized the first workshop with stakeholders
    - 13-06-2018
    Apuseni Nature Park successfully organized the first workshop with stakeholders

    On June 7, 2018, Apuseni Nature Park organized their first workshop with stakeholders in Vârtop, Romania. The main objectives of the workshop were to inform relevant stakeholders in Apuseni Nature Park region about the ECO KARST project, present...

  • ECO KARST - First workshop with stakeholders successfully held in Eger - Hungary
    - 12-06-2018
    First workshop with stakeholders successfully held in Eger - Hungary

    ECO KARST project is making a great progress towards sustainable development of karst areas in Danube region. A first round of workshops in pilot areas has started and the first country to initiate the local participatory approach in ecosystem...

  • ECO KARST - Third ECO KARST training successfully held in Slovenia
    - 18-05-2018
    Third ECO KARST training successfully held in Slovenia

    The Training C was held last week (May 7 - May 11, 2018) in Notranjska Regional park, Slovenia. Over 40 participants gathered in Grahovo to work on the preparatory steps for the Action Plan development. The training was a great chance for all...

  • ECO KARST - Easter Greetings- Interesting Easter Customs in the countries of the Danube region
    - 30-03-2018
    Easter Greetings- Interesting Easter Customs in the countries of the Danube region

    Easter is celebrated around the globe, but the customs can be very different depending on where you live. Here's how Easter is celebrated in ECO KARST pilot area countries. SLOVENIA Easter in Slovenia has many colourful traditions and...

  • ECO KARST - “Vielfalter” - The Idea Contest around the Kalkalpen National Park - The national park a driving force of local sustainable development
    - 29-03-2018
    “Vielfalter” - The Idea Contest around the Kalkalpen National Park - The national park a driving force of local sustainable development

    The Kalkalpen National Park, in collaboration with regional initiatives and the private Scheuchfoundation, organized a competition to promote sustainable entrepreneurship and economic development in the region while exploiting the potential of...

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