NATSLOMPIS - NATURA 2000 in Slovenia - management models and information system

LIFE04 NAT/SI/000240

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Mirjam GALIČIČ
Tel: + 386 1 230 95 12
Fax: + 386 1 230 95 40
Email: mirjam.galicic@zrsvn.si

Project description:


Slovenia has a rich biodiversity, encompassing Mediterranean and Alpine regions. The Slovenian government has proposed 35 percent of national territory as Natura 2000 sites. Intensive farming practices, however, together with a gradual emigration of the younger generation from the countryside to the city, and the consequent abandonment of pastures and meadows, are having a direct negative impact on habitats and species whose conservation is considered as a priority by the Habitats and Birds Directives.

More than a half of Slovenia is covered with forest, but past intensive afforestation practices with exotic conifers have resulted in a drastic reduction of native tree species and habitats for forest bird species. The Slovenian government intends to address these problems and meet the challenge of contributing to the European network of protected areas. But Natura 2000 sites can be managed successfully only if local administrations are aware of their rich biodiversity value and the best way to protect and conserve these values.


The main objective of the project was to provide local administrations with a model on which to base the actions aimed at the conservation of habitats and species of EU interest.The beneficiary, the Institute for Nature Conservation of the Republic of Slovenia, foresaw the drawing up of official “Guidelines for preparation of management plans for Natura 2000 sites in Slovenia” and the production and implementation of five specific management plans, covering a total area of over 67 000ha. The project would target three priority species and 19 habitats (six of which priority), according to the Habitats Directive, two priority birds and 20 other species listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive.

Specific actions would be carried out within all five Natura 2000 sites, including lease of trees important for wood peckers, owls and other forest birds, so as to prevent their destruction, mowing of at least 100ha of meadows to prevent the disappearance of Molinia and lowland hay meadows, fencing of an area with Deditel mare (Pulsatilla grandis), improving hydrological conditions, creating new educational trails and the construction of a bird-watching tower. The beneficiary would carry out an ambitious information and awareness raising national campaign, consisting of the setting up a Natura 2000 information system and the organisation of numerous workshops, both at local and national level.


The project brought together all concerned parties in a series of workshops to review the existing national nature conservation legislation and incorporate the Natura 2000 requirements. A document “Guidelines for the preparation of management plans for Natura 2000 sites in Slovenia” was prepared. These guidelines will be of a great use to those who will be drawing up management plans for the Natura 2000 sites in accordance with the recently adopted national “Natura 2000 site management programme, 2007-2013 Operational programme” and for other protected sites in Slovenia.

The project drew up specific management plans for five different pilot Natura 2000 areas (Snežnik, Jelovica, Jovsi, Petelinjek, and Boletina) to test the guidelines and to assure the necessary nature protection measures. A methodology based on the inclusion of existing sectoral management instruments was used.

To raise public awareness, several nature conservation related articles were published in different media, including local newspapers. A series of workshops and lectures were also held for local project partners’ representatives, local communities and other stakeholders. Also, lectures, excursions and a competition for the best poster were arranged for school children, and notebooks, time-tables, school calendars with awarded drawings were distributed to them. An information centre was built in the village Kapele in the Jovsi project area.

The project carried out a set of well-defined nature protection action: placing information boards at all project sites, building the Petelinjek educational trail, lease of 101 old trees (the habitat of the middle spotted woodpecker in the Dobrava forest), building a fence around the Deditel mare habitat, mowing and cleaning of meadows, and improving the hydrological conditions in Jovsi. Monitoring of key species and habitats was initiated in all project areas.

The project created a Natura 2000 information system, a modern data warehouse with a user-friendly graphic, web-based interface, which stores all the existing nature protection related datasets, which are stated in the Nature Conservation Act, and for which the Institute of Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation is responsible. This information system was designed to be a tool that assists Natura 2000 sites monitoring, management, and reporting. Its designs allows for new modules to be added to the system in the future.

Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report (see "Read more" section).


Environmental issues addressed:


Land-use & Planning - Sensitive and protected areas management
Species - Birds


protected area‚  land purchase‚  management plan‚  information system

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target Habitat types

  • 91K0 - Illyrian Fagus sylvatica forests (Aremonio-Fagion)
  • 91L0 - Illyrian oak-hornbeam forests (Erythronio-Carpinion)
  • 6430 - Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 6520 - Mountain hay meadows
  • 7110 - Active raised bogs
  • 7140 - Transition mires and quaking bogs
  • 7230 - Alkaline fens
  • 8310 - Caves not open to the public
  • 9110 - Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests
  • 91D0 - Bog woodland
  • 91E0 - "Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)"
  • 4060 - Alpine and Boreal heaths
  • 4070 - Bushes with Pinus mugo and Rhododendron hirsutum (Mugo-Rhododendretum hirsuti)
  • 5130 - Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands
  • 6110 - Rupicolous calcareous or basophilic grasslands of the Alysso-Sedion albi
  • 6170 - Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands
  • 6210 - Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
  • 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)"

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
Type of organisation Public enterprise
Description The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (hereinafter referred to as ZRSVN)was founded in 1999 according to the Nature Conservation Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 56/99, No. 31/00, No. 119/02). It consists of seven regional units and a coordinating central unit. Together with the regional units the ZRSVN covers the entire territory of Slovenia.

ZRSVN is a professional public organisation responsible for nature conservation whose main tasks/activities are the drawing-up of nature protection guidelines, the issuance of consents in procedures of environment assessment and the promotion of public awareness on the importance of nature conservation.

ZRSVN is also carrying out duties for the National Scientific Authority for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in accordance with its articles.

ZRSVN employs 68 people, among which professional biologists, geologists, geographers and forest engineers.

Partners Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio, Italy Slovenia Forest Service The Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia Notranjska Museum Postojna, Slovenia Local Community Kapele, Slovenia Municipality of Sentjur Pri Celju, Slovenia


Project reference LIFE04 NAT/SI/000240
Duration 01-JAN-2005 to 31-DEC -2007
Total budget 1,686,077.00 €
EU contribution 843,039.00 €
Project location Associated Slovenia (SLO)(Slovenia Slovenija)


Read more:

Leaflet "Jelovica, the shelter of silence" (3.9 MB)
Leaflet "Snežnik, the exceptional diversity of nature" (2. ...
Leaflet "The Licenca and Petelinjek Ponds, Glitter in the ...
Leaflet "Jovsi and Dobrava - pearls of nature in the Lower ...
Leaflet "Natura 2000 in Slovenia - Management Models and I ...
Newsletter "Boletina. Habitat of the Pasque Flower" (686 KB)
Poster "The NATURA 2000 Information System for Slovenia" ...
Poster "Jovsi – the cultural landscape and a sanctuary of ...
Poster "A restoration of a favourable Pasque flower (Puls ...
Project web site Project's website (SL/EN)
Project web site Information system Natura 2000
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Vodnik vsebin za pripravo podrobnejših načrtov up ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Usmeritve za ohranjanje ali vzpostavitev ugodnega ...
Publication: Layman report Layman report (SL/EN)


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