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

ECO KARST Facebook page

Related image

ECO KARST Instagram page

Image result for instagram icon


Ecosystem services of karst protected areas – driving force of local sustainable development
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2273302,5
ERDF Contribution: 1427776,87
IPA Contribution: 504530,25
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
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 Slovenia
Notranjska Regional Park ERDF partner Slovenia
Public Institution „Nature Park Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje“ ERDF partner Croatia
Kalkalpen National Park ERDF partner Austria
Global Nature Fund – International Foundation for Environment and Nature ERDF partner Germany
See all

Project News

    - 22-11-2017

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

    - 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....

  • ECO KARST - Upcoming event: Study visit tour in National Park Kalkalpen, 25th -27th September, Austria
    - 29-08-2017

    An exciting Study visit tour in National Park Kalkalpen will take place from 25th until 27th September in Austria. Over 50 participants from 6 karst protected areas are invited to participate in exchanging experience and visiting best practice...

  • 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...

See all

Subscribe to project newsletter

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