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 - UPCOMING EVENT: The Third Steering Committee Meeting and the First Year Review meeting
    - 16-02-2018

    The Third Steering Committee meeting will be organized next week (February 19 – February 22, 2018) in the National park Bukk, Hungary. The event will gather all project partners from 9 different countries, who will do the first project review and...

  • ECO KARST - THE FIRST PROJECT YEAR IN REVIEW & LOOK AHEAD
    - 26-12-2017
    THE FIRST PROJECT YEAR IN REVIEW & LOOK AHEAD

    As 2017 is coming to an end, we at the ECO KARST project are summarizing our first achievements and reflecting on past events. The project implementation officially started on January 1, 2017. Our starting point was Ljubljana in Slovenia,...

  • ECO KARST - THE FIRST TRAINING FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF PARK ADMINISTRATIONS HELD IN SAMOBOR, CROATIA
    - 22-11-2017

    A training on Identification of ecosystem types, ecosystem services and stakeholder mapping and analysis was organized in the period from 13 to 16 November, 2017 in Samobor, Croatia. This was the first of total 4 planned trainings organized...

  • ECO KARST - UPCOMING EVENT: FIRST TRAINING FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF PARK ADMINISTRATIONS
    - 09-11-2017

    The training on Identification of ecosystem types, ecosystem services and stakeholder mapping and analysis will be organized next week (November 13 - 16, 2017) in Nature park Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje, Croatia. This is the first of total 4...

  • ECO KARST - Study visit tour to National Park Kalkalpen
    - 03-10-2017

    In the period from September 24 until September 27, 2017 around 60 participants from 9 different countries visited the National Park Kalkalpen in Austria. The study tour to National Park Kalkalpen was organized within the ECO KARST project....

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