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 - ECO KARST Final Conference: The Future of Pro Biodiversity Businesses in Protected Areas of the Danube region
    - 28-06-2019
    ECO KARST Final Conference: The Future of Pro Biodiversity Businesses in Protected Areas of the Danube region

    ECO KARST project has come to the successful ending and the Final conference was held in Postojna, Slovenia. Around 100 project partners, experts, academia, government officials, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders from 10 different countries...

  • ECO KARST - Pro Biodiversity Award in the Bükk National Park
    - 28-06-2019
    Pro Biodiversity Award in the Bükk National Park

    Activities in protected natural areas can only be successful if the people living there find the opportunity for improving their lives while respecting the law of nature. In protected areas, certain activities are limited by nature conservation...

  • ECO KARST - The best PBB entrepreneurs awarded in Croatia
    - 28-06-2019
    The best PBB entrepreneurs awarded in Croatia

    As ECO KARST project is coming to an end, a press conference and PBB award ceremony was held in Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature park. The event was a part of the whole-day programme organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the...

  • ECO KARST - Pro Biodiversity Award Ceremony organized in Apuseni Nature Park
    - 28-06-2019
    Pro Biodiversity Award Ceremony organized in Apuseni Nature Park

    Between April and May 2019 the Apuseni Natural Park Administration organized a competition within the ECO KARST project, whose purpose was to identify local businesses that correspond to the Pro Biodiversity model. To participate in this contest,...

  • ECO KARST - Kalkalpen National Park awarded four entrepreneurs with Pro Biodiversity Business Award
    - 27-06-2019
    Kalkalpen National Park awarded four entrepreneurs with Pro Biodiversity Business Award

    Strengthening awareness of biodiversity conservation is a major concern of the Kalkalpen National Park. Within the ECO KARSTS project, four Pro Biodiversity companies were awarded for the highest contribution to the sustainable development of the...

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