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Help Save a Key Wetland in Slovakia!
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Help Save a Key Wetland in Slovakia!

BROZ an award winning conservation NGO in Slovakia are trying to save a key wetland site by raising the money to buy it and manage it for nature. If you can support them and share with your network you can help to protect this vital site. Visit their website and fundraising site to see more […]

An Iceland Turf Tribute to Pink Floyd
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An Iceland Turf Tribute to Pink Floyd

Brian Wilson: Traditional Craft Maestro ANOTHER TURF in THE WALL    (by Pink FJORD)   We don’t need no new construction, We don’t need cement at all. No concrete mortars in our buildings, We don’t need no bricks at all.   Hey! Helgi! Leave them spades alone! All in all it’s just, another Turf in the […]

Slovenia: Wildflowers & Sustainable Tourism
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Slovenia: Wildflowers & Sustainable Tourism

Faced with a crowded national park and local communities and crafts struggling to survive from traditional activities,  their strategy is to encourage and promote tourism as a way to help the communities thrive. Educating the local communities (from school children to farmers) is key to the success of the programme. Tourism is seen as the generator of sustainable change.
It was interesting to hear that their Slovenia Green Platinum Scheme was inspired by the Green Tourism Scheme in Scotland. The Triglav National Park and more particularly Bohinj have now taken it a step further by creating a Triglav Quality Mark and a specific Bohinj brand .

Slovenia Bohinj Wildflower Festival Story Map Report
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Slovenia Bohinj Wildflower Festival Story Map Report

The Wildflower Festival provided a way to encourage locals to keep the meadows uncut for longer periods of time, reduce pressures on the local communities by offering a tourism package that moves away from ‘lake, sun, beer’ model, outside of the peak season. It futher, spotlighted the cultural/social dimensions of nature, which is something I’ve been wanting to build more experience in as it is an important aspect of my current role, helping to develop an ecosystem health approach to protected area monitoring, which involves incorporating society and people into measuring the health of a given ecosystem.

ROMANIA: Small scale sustainable farming in Transylvania
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ROMANIA: Small scale sustainable farming in Transylvania

Aims & Themes: exploring small scale sustainable farming; hay making & orchards within a cultural landscape; the challenges of sustainable rural development, community engagement and heritage management. Participants will learn about subsistence farming as opposed to intensive farming, as well as traditional ways of managing the land. Hands on work like hay making with a scythe, fruit gathering, making preserves.

SLOVENIA: Wildflowers, Alpine Management & Heritage Tourism
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SLOVENIA: Wildflowers, Alpine Management & Heritage Tourism

26th May to 2nd June 2022 Course Full Wildflowers, Alpine Landscape Management and Heritage Tourism in the Julian Alps of Slovenia We are delighted to offer a new course based at the Bohinj International Wildflower Festival in the Julian Alps of Slovenia with our host trainers, Turizem Bohinj. Turizem Bohinj are experts in green and […]

Shepherds Newsletter March 2022
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Shepherds Newsletter March 2022

The EU4 Shepherds project is bringing together shepherd trainers, land managers and rural development specialists to update the options for sharing shepherding skills in the 21st century. The new edition of the newsletter has just been launched and features a series of 9 interviews of shepherds from across Europe.

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