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Project was completed successfully by 31st December 2007. Final report was sent to the European Commission according to planned date, 31st March 2008.
Past events (available only in Slovene)
World Habitat Day – October 1st, 2007
This year's event in the Mercator Centre in Celje was marked by children's noise. Each day we prepared, for groups and random visitors of the Centre, exhibition featuring habitat types as well as workshops. More ... →
Monitoring of the project areas (action F3), August 2007
In compliance with the project application, several surveys of species and different monitoring of species, habitat types and land-use impacts have been carried out in the project areas. More ... →
Presentation of detailed management plans for the Natura 2000 areas, June 2007
In June 2007, presentations of detailed management plans for the Natura 2000 areas were organised within the framework of A3 operation. There were five presentations, one for each detailed pilot area management plan. The presentations took place in the pilot areas of Boletina, Jelovica, Dobrava and Jovsi, Petelinjek, and Snežnik, at which some useful observations we obtained, which were subsequently included in the detailed management plans. The presentations and detailed management plans were well received by the public. With the presentations, the operation embracing the preparation of detailed management plans for the five pilot areas was eventually concluded.
Link to summaries of presentation of detailed management plans for five pilot sites
Purchase of old trees with nest holes at Dobrava - Report on press conference at the end of the operation - May 29th, 2007
At the end of the operation, press conference was organised by our project partner, the Slovenian Forest Service, Brežice District Unit, within the framework of the Forest Week 2007.
The conference was held on May 29th, 2007 in the Natural History Information Room at Kapele. It was attended by numerous guests and several journalists.More ... →
Competition for the best poster entitled »Natura 2000 in my neighbourhood« - May 18th, 2007
Children constitute the most important part of our society, considering that half of the world revolves for them or owing to them. Their nature conservationist participation during their early years is therefore of exceptional significance for our future. Bearing this in mind, an opportunity was given to the primary school children to design, within the project's framework, a poster on the subject of Natura 2000 areas in their vicinity they know best. At the competition, which lasted for almost the entire school year, eight Slovene primary schools situated in the vicinity of the project's pilot areas took part. 123 pupils made 43 posters under the tutelage of ten mentors. Very different products were submitted, from utterly artistic to very diverse posters as far as their contents are concerned. In creation of their products they resorted to natural materials, pasting of photographs and freehand drawing. Some of them even made three-dimensional replicas. More ... →
Within the framework of the LIFE project, a suitable information table was designed, elaborated and set up for the Natura 2000 area of Ličenca near Poljčane. The table, which was voluntarily erected by the locals, stands at Sv. Andrej at the beginning of the Petelinjek nature trail that is still in the process of being set up. More ... →
In literature, the data on the Pasque Flower's abundance at Boletina are very diverse. The professional estimates in literature refer to some 500 individual plants at the Boletina site (Sonja Skornik, Pulsatilla grandis – Pasque Flower, Natura 2000 in Slovenia – Plants, ZRC Publishing House, 2004). No monitoring that would last for several years and would furnish us with more accurate data on the numbers of Pasque Flowers at Boletina has been carried out yet. More ... →
Our three-year monitoring of the Pasque Flower, implemented according to the line survey method, was carried out at its entire site. Each year, the site was divided into several segments. Only individual plants were counted and not all individual blossoms, for we were aware that the Pasque Flower is a multiflorous plant, except that at times only a single flower puts forth. More ... →
Each year, the Pasque Flower's preserved site at Boletina in the vicinity of Ponikva again and again attracts numerous people to have a close look at this early spring plant with violet flowers. In our country, the Pasque Flower is a protected and rare species. In the territory of Slovenia, less than 2,000 specimens of this species are known to flourish, which is one of the reasons why its natural site at Boletina has been included in the European ecological network Natura 2000. More ... →
The main objective of the information tables made within the framework of the LIFE Project – Operation E4 is to delineate the Natura 2000 areas and to present their basic characteristics. The ten tables set up in the areas of Jelovica and Ratitovec acquaint the visitors with the significance of nature conservation at Jelovica and Ratitovec. The map of the project area denotes the borders of the Natura 2000 areas and the localities of the set up tables. More ... →
The formal opening of the Info Room took place on Thursday, December 7th, 2006. At the press conference that followed the opening, the representatives of the following subjects took part: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Brežice Council, Kapele Local Community, Kozjansko Nature Park, local societies, various media, non-resident associates in the implementation of the project, and of IRSNC. About 50 guests were acquainted with the significance of the LIFE project, and particularly with the significance of the Kapele Information Room, by:
• Dr Darij Krajčič, Director of the Institute of the RS for Nature Conservation;
• Dr Mirjam Galičič, LIFE Project Coordinator;
• Vesna Kolar Planinšič, MSc, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning;
• Goran Dominko, author of the Info Centre set-up;
• Ivan Molan, Mayor of the Brežice Council;
• Tone Cerjak, President of the Kapele Local Community Board.
The Room was symbolically opened by Andrej Hudoklin by setting up the Corn Crake's models in the Room and by presenting its contents to all present there.
The Info Room is intended for the reception and animation of its visitors. It is to serve the LIFE Project's implementation as well as various presentations and seminars. More ... →
Windbreak at Jelovica - June 29th, 2006
Windbreak In the afternoon of June 29, 2006, Jelovica experienced a destructive power of winds and thus the most powerful windbreak since 1951. In the prealpine region of Pokljuka and Jelovica, windbreaks are indeed a fairly common phenomenon, but certainly not of such tremendous strength as in 2006. Owing to the fact that the plateau is heavily overgrown, still weather prevails most of the time, but occasionally the air masses that descend from the steep Julian mountains in the north develop into powerful winds, which here and there cause great economic damages.
According to the Slovene Forest Service, some 180 ha of economically very important forests were erased. The quantity of fallen trees is estimated at 85,000 m3 of Spruce wood. More ... →
Pupils testing themselves in managing Natura 2000 areas – June 26th, 2006
Within the LIFE III Project, which has now reached about a half of its course, several tasks were drafted within the framework of the so-called E2 activity, with which we wish to build public awareness on the significance of Natura 2000 pilot areas. With notices and articles in mass media and various paper materials we wish to present, particularly to the inhabitants of the Natura 2000 areas, the nature conservationist endeavours for a favourable conservation status of species and habitats present in them. With this intention in our minds we even visited some classrooms to enable the young to get information on LIFE Project and Natura 2000 at first hand. More ... →
One of the LIFE Project's objectives is to acquaint the public, especially the young generation, with the significance of nature conservation in its immediate environment. Several activities are foreseen to be carried out within the project's framework, with different segments of the public taking part, while in one of the activities we shall work directly with school youth. This is why your school is kindly invited to take part in the competition for the best poster entitled »Nature conservation in Natura 2000 area«. More ... →
Visit by the Monitoring Team LIFE representative at Jovsi – March 21st, 2006
On Tuesday, March 21st, 2006, Jovsi was visited by a non-resident expert of the European Commission (Astrale Geile – Ile group). More ... →
Signing of the agreement on cooperation between the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation and the Slovene Environment Agency regarding the creation of N2k information system – February 28th, 2006
The Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, which acts as the coordinator of the LIFE III – NATURE Project (Project code No. LIFE04NAT/SI/000240) ''NATURA 2000 in Slovenia – management models and information system«, gave an initiative to the Slovene Environment Agency to sign an agreement on cooperation in the creation and functioning of NATURA 2000 information system, which is one of the activities of the previously mentioned project. More ... →
On World Habitat Day, the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation publicly presented itself at the Trade Centre in Celje. In this way, information on the work carried out by our Institute and on the current topics was directly transmitted to the Centre's guests More... →
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