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 - Fifth Steering Committee meeting successfully held in Sarajevo
    - 14-03-2019
    Fifth Steering Committee meeting successfully held in Sarajevo

    The Fifth ECO KARST Steering Committee meeting was held from 4th to 7th March 2019 in Sarajevo. The event was attended by all project partners from 7 different countries. The meeting was organized jointly by the Cantonal Public Institution for...

  • ECO KARST - Kalkalpen National park organized second workshop with stakeholders
    - 27-12-2018
    Kalkalpen National park organized second workshop with stakeholders

    On November 21, 2018, Kalkalpen National park gathered their stakeholders for the second time around the topic of sustainable development and nature protection in Kalkalpen National park. The Mayor of Steinbach, representative of the Chamber...

  • ECO KARST - ZUMBERAK-SAMOBORSKO GORJE NATURE PARK ORGANIZED THE SECOND WORKSHOP WITH STAKEHOLDERS
    - 27-11-2018
    ZUMBERAK-SAMOBORSKO GORJE NATURE PARK ORGANIZED THE SECOND WORKSHOP WITH STAKEHOLDERS

    On November 7, 2018, a second ECO KARST workshop titled „Setting goals and next steps for the economic and sustainable develpment“ was held in the eco-centre Budinjak in Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature park. 32 stakeholders from the...

  • 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...

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