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 - First round of workshops with stakeholders completed with the workshop in Kalkalpen National park
    - 02-08-2018
    First round of workshops with stakeholders completed with the workshop in Kalkalpen National park

    On July 2, 2018, representatives of Kalkalpen National park organized their first workshop with stakeholders. This way, a first round of workshops with stakeholders in ECO KARST project is successfully completed.  Numerous experts from...

  • ECO KARST - Workshop with project stakeholders held in Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature park
    - 02-08-2018
    Workshop with project stakeholders held in Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature park

    On June 12, 2018, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje Nature park organized their first workshop with stakeholders in the Eco Centre Slani dol. The workshop named „Ecosystem services mapping and Pro Biodiversity businesses identification“gathered 30...

  • ECO KARST - WORKSHOP WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS HELD IN BIJAMBARE PROTECTED LANDSCAPE
    - 27-06-2018
    WORKSHOP WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS HELD IN BIJAMBARE PROTECTED LANDSCAPE

    After successful workshops organized in Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia, project partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina also organized their first workshop with stakeholders. Workshop was held on June 21, 2018 in the educational...

  • ECO KARST - FIRST WORKSHOP WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS HELD IN TARA NATIONAL PARK
    - 26-06-2018
    FIRST WORKSHOP WITH PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS HELD IN TARA NATIONAL PARK

    Tara National park, ECO KARST pilot area in Serbia, organized their first workshop with stakeholders on June 19, 2018 in hotel Cepter Drina in Bajina Bašta. On this occasion, 40 stakeholders from the various sectors gathered, including local...

  • ECO KARST - STAKEHOLDERS' WORKSHOP SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED IN NOTRANJSKA REGIONAL PARK
    - 26-06-2018
    STAKEHOLDERS' WORKSHOP SUCCESSFULLY ORGANIZED IN NOTRANJSKA REGIONAL PARK

    In the period from June 13 to June 14, 2018 Notranjska Regional park  organized their first workshop with stakeholders in Cerknica, Slovenia.  The main objectives of the workshop were to inform relevant stakeholders in Notranjska Regional...

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