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WORK PACKAGE 4 – NETWORK OF DIDACTIC CENTRES AND RECEPTION STRUCTURE

WORK PACKAGE 4 – NETWORK OF DIDACTIC CENTRES AND RECEPTION STRUCTURE

ACTIVITY 1 – Plan for the management of the reception centres

The "Plan for the management of the reception centres in Karst" activity occurs in response to an ever-greater need to establish a coordinated operation of existing and emerging reception and other centres for visitors. There are a lot of them in Karst (The Škocjan Caves Park, the Lipica Stud Farm, the Youth Hostel Pliskovica, tourist information centres, the Glinščica valley, the Reception Centre of Gradina, the Center for Cultural Activities in Repnič, the Didactic Centre in Bazovica and others), which testifies to the great interest in natural and cultural value of this space. But the fragmentation of these structures, which are small or very small, both in administrative and organizational perspective, prevents the development of the process of a complete evaluation of the territory. The aim of this activity is therefore to prepare a Plan of Coordinated Management of Reception Centres, an instrument, on the basis of which the coordination with organizational, management, operational and substantive point of view will be established between those structures. These will, taking into account the specific nature of each reception centre, each area of attractions, as well as the entire territory of Karst, be connected in a network, the main purpose of which will be to promote diverse offerings to increase the attractiveness and evaluation of the Karst territory among different target users (schools, visitors, tourists).

The activity is led by the lead partner (VP) in collaboration with the selected external contractors. Other partners of the project are involved in the implementation of activities by offering their staff according to the specific technical competencies and experience.

ACTIVITY 2 – A new living museum and the Information Centre of Karst

The activity involves the implementation of a Living Museum of Karst in the open area, which measures over 700 hectares and is located between Sežana, Lipica and the Slovenian-Italian border and the implementation of the Information Centre of Karst in the old building of the Municipality of Sežana. The selected area of the Living Museum represents the area of the so-called classic Karst with the greatest intensity of karst phenomena (over two hundred registered caves, the largest Karst collapsed valleys, terrific limestone pavements and many other typical karst geomorphic phenomena), with a large number of entries in the register of protected natural values and protected natural areas. On the edge of the area lies also the oldest tourist cave in Europe, the Vilenica Cave, and the most picturesque non- tourist cave in Slovenia, the Gustinčič Cave, deep under the surface, however, runs the cross-border Reka / Timav river. The exceptionality of this area against other locations is also in the fact that it was closed for free access for almost half a century (after WWII) and is therefore an entirely preserved former natural and cultural landscape, with the only major problem, which is reflected in the overgrowing of the surface due to the suspension of the former agricultural use (mowing, grazing). The project aims, with the arrangements of the central part of the classical Karst as a pilot case for the entire Karst, at presenting the classical Karst from the perspective of an integrated natural and cultural heritage, at contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and to the restoration of the traditional cultural landscape and finally at leading to the new poles of attraction in the area of Karst, integrated with other local initiatives for the protection of the territory.

To this end, the entire area will be physically inspected within the framework of the implementation of the activities with the intent to record and analyze all the natural and cultural attractions of the area and the selection of those which will be most important for the final impact of the project. At the same time, also zoning of the areas of stone karst, grass-mowable mountain meadows, pastures, forests and abandoned land will be produced. The latter will be carried out in cooperation with the local people (owners), as the implementing project activities will focus on the editing of defined areas in order to facilitate the maintenance of the landscape in the future, notably by grazing and mowing. The implementing phase of the Living Museum of Karst will include maintenance work at the central connecting axis of the area, an old Austro-Hungarian road Sežana-Bazovica, arrangements for access to the identified natural and cultural attractions, the marking thereof with the interpretational descriptions, the organization of thematic trails and cross-border recreational trails and the implementation of the interventions for the conservation of biodiversity. The defined area will not be sharply marked off, it will be linked with the nearby cultural monument of the Lipica Stud Farm with a nearly fivehundred-year-long tradition, the Scientific Didactic Centre in Bazovica, the emerging Museum of Stone Quarry near Lipica, the emerging Museum of Water in Karst in Gropada, a Botanical Garden in Sežana, and with the recreational trails it should cross-link in the direction of Bazovica and Gropada.

In addition to the Living Museum of Karst, the regulation of the Information Centre of Karst has already been envisaged and made within the framework of activities in the old building of the Municipality of Sežana, the festive opening of which took place in March of the last year (2011). With its exceptional location in the immediate vicinity of the Botanical Garden, with which it represents two extreme cultural-historical monuments, it hopes for both informational as well as interpretational function. The latter is reflected through the collection of fossils of the classical Karst, located in the renovated premises, while for a wider interpretation of Karst the interested visitors will be directed to the visit of the Living Museum of Karst and other attractions in the area of Karst. At the same time, on the basis of the Plan of Coordinated Management of Reception Centres, it will take over the role of the facilitator and coordinator to the now functionally fragmented reception centres and other structures, as well as attractions.

The activity is led by the lead partner (VP) in collaboration with the selected external contractors. Other project partners are involved in the implementation of activities by offering their staff according to the specific technical competencies and experience.

ACTIVITY 3 – Cross-border infrastructure

The "Cross-border infrastructure" activity envisages the implementation of various initiatives of an investment nature (restructured or newly established structures) to evaluate the territory for the sustainable exploitation of nature, environmental and cultural-historical heritage, since the latter also indirectly as well as directly stress the importance of maintaining good quality elements of karst area, but through established economic mechanisms contribute to better economic prosperity of the territory.

The initiatives, undertaken by each of the partners of the project, are as follows:

  • Ressel trail: The regulation of the forest educational Josef Ressel trail with five learning points (information boards and didactic devices, also for blind and partially sighted visitors) as a termination of the already carried out Ressel trail on the Italian side of the border. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Sežana (VP) and the Institute for Forest Service (PP13).
  • Organization of the Tourist Information Centre of Hrpelje-Kozina. The purchase of premises and equipment. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Hrpelje-Kozina (PP3).
  • The Betanja-Gabrk road: The regulation of the dirt road from the Škocjan Caves Park (Betanja) to the road at Gabrk in the length of 1,400 m or the surface of around 4,200 m2 with the installation of tailings and draining ditches, with partial asphalting and by setting up information boards. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Divača (PP4).
  • The trails from Gorjansko and Brestovica to the border with Italy: The regulation of cross-border trails in the area of Brestovica in the total length of almost 6 kilometres, and in the area of Gorjansko in the total length of 3.3 km, as well as in the area of Brije pri Komnu in the total length of 1.4 km. The cleansing and the consolidation of the trails with the installation of information boards and ensuring the access for the intervention vehicles. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Komen (PP5).
  • The Cerje viewing platform: The regulation of 60 m long access route to the viewing platform, the consolidation of the 200 m long main route toward Cerje and the regulation of around 600 m2 of macadam parking lots. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Miren-Kostanjevica (PP6).
  • The regulation of the Devin-Nabrežina road: the installation of 20 lattice draining ditches and the restoration of the 250 m long road with the installation of public lighting and asphalting.  The intervention is led by the Municipality of Devin-Nabrežina (PP12).
  • The regulation of cycling trails by the Osp creek: The regulation of the 800 m-long main path and the 1,000 m long side path with the installation of handrails, benches, fences, boards, and roadside signs, with the regulation of the roadside rest areas and 4 viewing platforms. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Milje (PP7).
  • The regulation of roads and paths in Gropada. The regulation of the road to the Museum of Water in Karst, which will be carried out in the framework of this project, the regulation of the paths that will enable the connection from Bazovica up to the cave point in Trebče by setting the corresponding information boards with historical, cultural and scientific content and the regulation of the roadside rest areas equipped with bench seats. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Triest (PP11).
  • The implementation of the Museum of Water in Karst. The regulation of  the new museum structure in the  "Gypsy" well at Gropada. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Triest (PP11).
  • The realization of the Centre for Cultural Activities in Repnič. The regulation of open space for cultural activities with about 270 seats. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Zgonik (PP10).
  • Improving the Reception Centre of Gradina. The equipped playground at the Reception Centre and the realization of the associated external arrangement. The intervention is led by the Province of Gorizia (PP2).
  • Improving the Reception Centre of Boljunec. Improving the overall structure of the Reception Centre with the arrangement of the library and multi-purpose halls. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Dolina (PP8).
  • The reorganization of the square in Repen. The closure of the works for the regulation of the square in Repen. The intervention is led by the Municipality of Repentabor (PP9).
  • The Scientifically-didactic Centre in Bazovica: the update and improvement of the equipment of the Centre. The intervention is led by the Office of Provincial Forest Service of the Main Directorate for Agricultural, Agro-food and Forest Resources of the Autonomous Province of FVG (PP14).
  • The control of fires in the forests. The preparation of a map of the endangered areas of Karst and the preparation of informative material and the training courses for schools and residents. The intervention is led by the Province of Triest (PP1).
  • The implementation of a system for the guided visit of Karst with GPS technologies on individual devices (PDAs, navigators, mobile phones, iPod-s, etc.). The intervention is led by the Province of Triest (PP1).

The activity is carried out by the individual project partners (PP), in cooperation with the selected external contractors, while the lead partner (VP) is responsible for monitoring the progress of individual initiatives.

 

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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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