LIFE for LASCA - LIFE SAVING LASCA Urgent measure to conserve nearly extinct species Protochondrostoma genei

LIFE16 NAT/SI/000644

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Contact details:

Contact person: Kaja Pliberšek
Tel: 38631652089
Fax: 38612443405
Email: kaja.plibersek@zzrs.si

Project description:


South European nase (Protochondrostoma genei) is a fish species that inhabits northern Italy and western Slovenia, where it is considered close to extinction. All its populations across its entire range are in drastic decline. A preparatory study was performed in 2015-2016, following IUCN guidelines for reintroduction, with a multidisciplinary approach and including a genetic analysis of Italian (Ticino) stock compared with Slovenian specimens. The results of this study supported the reintroduction programme, including the release of Ticino specimens.


The main objective of the LIFE for LASCA project is to conserve the extremely endangered fish species, South European nase (Protochondrostoma genei).

Specific project objectives include:

  • Ensuring the back-up of genetic material in the form of captive-bred South European nase, which serve as a source of specimens for its reinforcement in the wild;
  • Planning the species’ reintroduction to the Vipava river basin in order to improve the conservation status of the species in Slovenia;
  • Establishing a South European nase conservation management plan, which considers all threats to the species in the wild; and
  • Reducing numbers of the invasive fish species, Chondrostoma nasus, which competes with the South European nase for resources.
  • Thus, the objectives are strongly linked to Annex II of the Habitats Directive and the EU Regulation on invasive alien species.

    Expected results:

  • Creation of South European nase stock in Slovenia, as a source of juveniles for reintroductions;
  • Release of at least 150 000 specimens into the Vipava river watercourses, expecting about 500 successfully released specimens by 2021;
  • Production of an action plan for South European nase conservation, and its verification and official adoption by competent authorities;
  • Numbers of the invasive fish species, Chondrostoma nasus, decreased by at least 60% in the Vipava river watercourse ; and
  • Young people’s and anglers’ awareness of the endangered fish species is raised significantly.



Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Fish


endangered species‚  introduction of animal species‚  river‚  management plan

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...
  • Regulation 1143/2014 - Prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien ...
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target species

 Protochondrostoma genei     

Natura 2000 sites

SCI SI3000226 Dolina Vipave



Coordinator Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia
Type of organisation Research institution
Description Slovenia’s fisheries research institute is a public institution that oversees freshwater and marine fisheries in accordance with the Freshwater Fishery Act, the Marine Fisheries Act, and regulations on nature conservation and environmental protection. In addition to fisheries biology research, the institute also engages in commercial activities, including sport and recreational fishing, and fish farming. The institute develops fisheries management plans, conducts fish monitoring, manages relevant databases, and develops methodologies for evaluating the ecological status of waters.
Partners Consorzio Parco Lombardo della Valle del Tichino, Italy


Project reference LIFE16 NAT/SI/000644
Duration 01-OCT-2017 to 31-DEC -2021
Total budget 2,223,788.00 €
EU contribution 1,331,160.00 €
Project location Lombardia(Italia) Goriska(Slovenia Slovenija)


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