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Three partner protected areas with various problems caused by motorized visit (road, sea and air) meet in the project. The project aims to conserve nature through offering visitation in an environmentally acceptable manner. Applicant will construct visitor infrastructure to become the first Slovenian managed nature park with no motorized access for visitors. Norwegian partner is looking for support for the implementation of the existing traffic and visitation strategy, while the Slovenian partner is about to prepare such a strategy. Other activities include the purchase of equipment, collection of data for strategic analysis and getting support from the general public, visitors of protected areas, local communities and protected areas staff for environmentally friendly transport solutions. Key results of the project include: construction of 4,480 m access roads, purchase of electric train and 8 bicycles, small infrastructure for visitor management/control, TV film, interactive and web contents, two study visits between partners and three press conferences.

Prijavitelj (Sečovlje salina Nature park)

The applicant has in the past ten years coordinated and implemented several projects in the field of nature conservation, which were financed from EU funds . Among these are two of the LIFE projects ( Conservation of Endangered Species and Habitats in the Secovlje salt – pans , 2003-2006 ; 0.7 million and MANSALT – Man and Nature in Secovlje salt – pans ; 2010-2015 ; 7.0 million where the company SOLINE d.o.o. was the lead partner and is currently participating in the LIFE project SIMARINE ; 2011-2015) . Among other projects funded by the EU, two ERDF program Slovenia – Italy 2007 – 2013 projects (CLIMAPARKS , 2010-2013 ; 0.2 million and Saltworks , 2011-2014 ; 0.2 million , both acting as partner) and INTERREG IV B Central Europe ( HABIT -CHANGE project ; 2010-2013 , 0.2 million; partner) were accomplished. Rich experience in administrative, technical and financial management of projects and work with partners was obtained (management experience in the protection of species and habitats, visitor management, reducing fragmentation, work with the public and raising environmental awareness and mitigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity). The applicant possesses particularly valuable experience in the implementation of technical, construction and carpentry works, undertaken by its employees who contributed significantly to the reconstruction of once completely abandoned salt pans. The key value of implemented projects of reconstruction of natural habitats, cultural heritage and restoration of traditional salt production is reflected in stable or even growing populations of endangered indicator species in the Park .


Project partner 1 (Jotunheimen National Park)

The applicant has adopted strategic documents with clear vision and implementation activities to be carried out to achieve the objective of effective biodiversity conservation of the areas through controleed and low-impact traffic and visitation of the area. These visions are approved in the key management and legal backgrounds for the area, adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Project results in the form of new public infrastructure for “green” visitation will be implemented in the project area the applicant (protected area and Natura 2000 site), but the applicant wishes to include partners in designing best possible “green” solutions. Slovenian partner at present does not have adopted strategic and operational documentation to allow for investments in the field of solving the problem of motorized transport. The Norwegian partner will seek funding for potential investments from other sources.



Project partner 2 (Landscape park Strunjan)

Partner 2 still has no strategy to reduce motorised traffic in the park and visitation. It also does not yet have acquired permits for the implementation of infrastructural facilities for “green” infrastructure to reduce traffic on land. The project partner wishes to participate in all the work packages, with the exception of the applicant’s infrastructural investments. Partner 2 estimates its major contribution to the project in the collection and interpretation of data, exchange of experience and information to the public. Partner’s expectations from the project are orientated primarily to gain support in drawing strategies for limiting the transport and management of the visitation and purchasing the necessary equipment.

One out of three employees will be included in the project implementation.