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Nature protection and reducing human impact in the vulnerable Classical Karst region

Organisation: Umanotera Website: Added: July 07, 2023
Project start date: September 01, 2017
Project end date: December 31, 2022


Despite the fact that Slovenia is a biodiversity hotspot, there are only few EU projects that fund nature conservation and restoration in Slovenia. The purpose of the "Za Kras" project was to improve the condition of three Natura 2000 habitat types and 21 species in the entire Natura 2000 Karst (Slovenian "Kras") area in the west of Slovenia. The Classical Karst in Slovenia is the name giver of karst topography and various karst phenomena around the world. The main goals of the project "Za Kras" were to improve the state of conservation of selected species and habitats, for example by establishing quiet zones and areas of stricter protection, by insulating medium-voltage transmission lines, by improving municipal waste water treatment, by cleaning and closing of underground caves, by taking care of the safe passage of amphibians crossing the road during migrations, and by restoring and maintaining sinkholes. Moreover, the project provided a modern interpretation, education and awareness raising among the general public about the importance of preserving selected species and habitats in the Nature 2000 Karst area.

Financial data

EUR 3.189.527,95 (80% EU, 20% Ministry for the environment)


Only few nature conservation projects get EU funding. In a drastically changing evironment, it is important to not only maintain existing biodiversity hotspots, but also actively restore nature and reduce the human pressures on habitats and species. The project "Za Kras" combined well nature conservation and restoration measures with communication and outreach activities.

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Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.