Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Slovenia 4 to 12th July 2019

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Slovenian Biodiversity & Sustainable from the Alps to Adriatic Sea.

Airport: Trieste

4th July to 12th July 2019

Host: VITRA  (Bojan Znidarsic)

Local transport: van

Please visit the reports section of this website to read the reports from the NET4 visit to Slovenia in 2018.

Draft Itinerary: Day 1 Arrival at Trieste (Italy); Day 2 Notrjanska Regiona Park, Rakov Natural Park, Cerknica Lake, Krizna Lake; Day 3 Kocevska Region, Krokar Virgin Forest, Mlakar Ecofarm, Sneznik Castle; Day 4 Lake Cerknica, Slivnica Hill, Tourism Development; Day 5 Hrusica Fort, Nanos Mountain (above Vipava Valley), Mountain farm, Goce Medieval Village, Medieval town Stanjel; Day 6 Secovlje Salt Pans Landscape Park on the Adriatic Coast, Portorose, Fiesa and Piran; Day 7 Soča Valley Development Centre, Vrsic Pass in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled, Ljubljana; Day 8 Skocjan Cave UNESCO WHS & Departure from Trieste.

Name Sustainable development in Slovenia

Day 1

Biodiversity with all part of sustainable development
Collect group on Trieste airport (Italy) at 16:30. We need 1.5 hour for trip to accommodation.
Dinner, discussion of Erasmus+ programme and objectives of NET project. Confirm details.

Day 2

Ecosystem management, managing habitats and ecosystems. Rural biodynamic food in the Regional natural park
8.00 Breakfast
9.00 Leave Logatec
9.30 Visit staff of Notranjska regional park (Irena Likar, project leader),, management system of Notranjska regional park
11.00 Drive and walk in Natural park Rakov Skocjan, together with small and big natural bridge.
13.30 Lunch in tourist farm Kontrabantar, Dolenja vas
14.30 Drive and walk (and swim) around Cerknica Lake
16.30 Presentation of the association and management of caves in Slovenia, cooperation,…
17.00 Visit Krizna cave with guide (1,5 hour),

Day 3

Adaptive approaches to species management. Biodiversity in forest
8.00 Breakfast
9.00 Leave Logatec, via Bloke plateau to Kocevska Reka (1.5 hours), stop in Ribnica (20 min)
11.00 Visit virgin forest Krokar (crow) in Kocevje,,, leading by forester Mirjam Mikulic (Slovenia forest service),, lunch (sandwich) somewhere in the forest.

Day 4

Management for countryside activities for all generations with green jobs
9.30 Activity on Lake Cerknica (thematic day of Notranjske regional park), swimming, fishering,…
13.00 Slivnica hill (short walk) + lunch
15.00 – 19.00 Tourism development “from scratch”:

Day 5

Management of Karst cultural landscapes – environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability
9.00 Planina field (wet meadow, typical pattern of agriculture field)
11.00 Visit Hrusica, fort ruins from Roman period
12.00 Visit Nanos (mountain above Vipava valley). Light typical Karst lunch jota on Mountain tourist farm Abram, Presentation and discussion with owner). Visit exceptional vantage point above the Vipava valley.
15.00 Visit old medieval village Goce (short walk)
16.00 Visit old medieval town Stanjel, with formal designed garden. Leading by Marko Bandelli, mayor.

Day 6

Environmental interpretation, bringing nature to people. Biodiversity in the See natural park
7.00 Leave Logatec to Adriatic sea (2 hours)
9.00 Visit Secovlje Salt-pans, Landscape park,, discussion with Klavdij Godnic, director, birds of Slovenian’s sea and coast, drive with bicycles owner one part of park.
14.30 Visit Fiesa and walk by see to Piran. Meeting with Natalija Planinc, leader of Anbot.

Day 7

Natural heritage and tourist management in Slovenian Alps
9.30 Visit Soča Valley Development Centre ( Open discussion about land and nature management with Miro Kristan, leader of Department for environmental and spatial planning and rural development.
11.00 Drive to Vrsic pass (1.5 hours) .Vršič (1611 m) is the highest Slovenian road crossing (also the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps).
14.00 Drive to Bled (1 hour) + 1 hour free time in Bled lake
16. 00 Drive to Ljubljana (1 hour) – capital city

Day 8

Managing for nature in a changing environment with UNESCO World Heritage Site
10.00 Skocjan caves, discussion with staff, visit cave, Škocjan Caves are the only monument in Slovenia, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Departure Trieste



Slovenia is small but the greenest European country. We have very good management of biodiversity in forest. Together with the Forestry Institute participants will have theoretical and practical experience in the forest.


Slovenia has natural parks which are located in different regions with typical biodiversity. The aim of the regional park is to protect nature and preserve outstanding natural and cultural values, protection of native, rare and endangered plant and animal species, natural ecosystems and the characteristics of inanimate nature and the preservation and care of the cultural landscape. They strive for balanced and sustainable development, enabling visitors to experience the park, we developed research work and provide optimal conditions for living organisms. An important part of the park as well is educational and teaching work and managing protected areas.

ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT – MANAGING HABITATS AND ECOSYSTEMS – Rural food with biodynamic approach. (8 hours)

The Biodynamic Association Notranjska will present biodynamic methods of food production and it uses as self-sufficiency with elements Ecosystem management.

DEALING WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON AND NEAR NATURA SITES –  Development of a trademark region. (8 hours)


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