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

The ECO KARST project aims to contibute 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

 

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: 2273302,5
ERDF Contribution: 1427776,87
IPA Contribution: 504530,25
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

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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 - Kalkalpen National Park, declared as UNESCO world natural heritage on 7.7.2017
    - 17-07-2017

    We are happy to share the news that about 5.400 hectares within Kalkalpen National Park had been declared as a UNESCO world natural heritage on Friday, 7.7.2017. This is the first and only Austrian world natural heritage! NPK is now a part of...

  • ECO KARST - A successfull Kick-off meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia
    - 14-03-2017

    The ECO KARST project - Ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development in the Danube Region – was officially launched at the three-day Kick-off event from 8-10th March 2017 in Ljubljana. The meeting...

  • ECO KARST - Kick-off Meeting Invitation
    - 02-03-2017

    Invitation to the ECO KARST Kick-off Meeting Dear Madam/Sir, We are happy to announce that all conditions have been fulfilled for starting up the ECO KARST project.   The main objective of the ECO KARST project is to contribute to the...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)