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WORK PACKAGE 2 – MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

WORK PACKAGE 2 – MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

ACTIVITY 1 - Natural areas management plan

The "Management plan of natural areas in Karst" activity occurs as a response to the need to protect biodiversity, typical of the Karst environment, abandoned meadows and pastures, and remnants of the rural traditions and culture, which, after the suspension of the production function, is an important testimony of the local cultural identity. For this purpose, it is therefore necessary to lay down common methods of management, which will focus on both the natural and cultural-historical aspect of Karst. To achieve the latter, the intended activity includes the preparation of two documents, namely, the Study of Karst and the Guidelines for the Management of the Natural Areas in Karst. The Study on Karst will, as a preliminary study, deal with natural and environmental geography of Karst, with the emphasis on the most quality and interesting elements of the Karst area, threats to the integrity of the territory and the need to protect it, the Guidelines for the Management of the Natural Areas, will, however, be of operational nature. The latter will be devoted to public and private operators, who are the owners of natural areas in Karst and will provide operational rules and instructions on the proper management of such areas. The documents will allow a better understanding of the characteristics of the territory and of the needs for protection, and give the land owners the opportunity to act in ways that are appropriate in relation to the natural and historic value of the site. The expected result of the activity is thus a higher base of knowledge needed to launch further campaigns to protect biological diversity in Karst, on the basis of, from a technical perspective, effective strategies that will be strategically and politically unified.

The activity is led by the lead partner (VP) and the Province of Gorizia (PP2), in collaboration with the selected external contractors on the Slovenian and Italian sides of Karst. Other partners of the project cooperate within the Nature group, which has been, including the professional institutions in the area of Karst, created with the purpose of giving professional input and validation of the content of the produced documents.

ACTIVITY 2 – Assessment of the potential implementation of »geopark« in Karst

The objective of the »Assessment of the potential implementation of geopark in Karst« activity is to find out if the establishment of a geopark in Karst would represent a solution to keeping the natural characteristics of the area while promoting socio-economic development. By the definition of the European Network of Geoparks, which was launched in the framework of UNESCO, a geopark is a territory with a specific geological heritage of international importance in terms of scientific value, rarity, aesthetic and educational point of view. At the same time, this zone must also be important from the perspective of archaeology, ecology, history and culture, in which all mentioned aspects must be mutually intertwined and evaluated by the local population, local institutions and, last but not least, professional staff. In the broadest sense, a geopark is an area with exceptional natural and cultural heritage, which is kept by the tradition of space. In addition, a geopark must have well-defined boundaries and be sufficiently large in scale to ensure sustainable economic development, primarily based on tourism. The objective of the geopark is to connect the physical aspects of space and initiatives to preserve natural, in particular geological heritage through sustainable development, directed towards "geotourism". For this purpose, its creation must be based on precisely defined territorial development strategy because the primary purpose of the geopark can be made only with proper planning and management of the territory. The activities of the geopark geared towards fulfilling the above mentioned objectives may be implemented in various ways, namely, as educational, scientific, sports, didactic, cultural and other activities, through which the zone of the geopark must be presented to its visitors in an integrated way. Since the aim of the geopark is to create greater opportunities for employment of the local population, the education and encouraging the latter to acquire the necessary knowledge to be eventually able to act within the framework of the geopark and act in different roles (whether you like hiking, mountain biking, riding and other guides, tourist informers, makers of the landscape, various craftsmen and the like) is of paramount importance. Considering the natural and cultural features of Karst, it could therefore be alleged that it has all the characteristics necessary to be recognized as a geopark (as part of the European Network of Geopark or in conjunction with the UNESCO Global Network of Geoparks).

The activity therefore envisages the elaboration of the Feasibility Study on Establishing a Geopark in Karst where there won’t be any performance study for the establishment of a geopark, but a research study with an analysis of the possibilities and ways of its establishment and verification of the degree of acceptance or inclination to it (political inclination, inclination of the local population and other local actors). In the context of the study, which will be based on the methodology used for the feasibility studies on the known European geoparks, strategies for local development, social and economic aspects, the needs of the local population and suitable actors for the establishment of the geopark will be analyzed besides the sources of natural and cultural heritage. A model of a geopark, specific to Karst, will be defined, which would protect and evaluate the territory without restricting economic growth, but would create opportunities for new entrepreneurial initiatives and for "sustainable" development. A study will be made in the "cross-border" perspective, taking into account the need to harmonize the strategies for spatial planning of the cross-border regions.

The activity is led by the lead partner (VP) and the Province of Triest (PP1) in collaboration with the selected external contractors on the Slovenian and Italian sides of Karst. Other partners of the project are involved in particular in implementing the participatory part of the study.

 

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Project KRAS-CARSO / Sustainable management of natural resources and regional cohesion cofinanced by the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia 2007-2013, by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds.
Projekt KRAS-CARSO / Trajnostno upravljanje naravnih virov in teritorialna kehezija sofinanciran v okviru Programa čezmejnega sodelovanja Slovenija-Italija 2007-2013 iz sredstev Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj in nacionalnih sredstev.
Progetto CARSO-KRAS / Gestione sostenibile delle risorse naturali e coesione territoriale finanziato nell'ambito del Programma per la Cooperazione Transfrontaliera Italia-Slovenia 2007-2013, dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e dai fondi nazionali.

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