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Ecosystem services of karst protected areas - driving force of local sustainable development (ECO KARST)

The project is carried out in the framework of European Union - Danube Transnational Program (DTP) and implemented by 12 partners from 9 countries in the Danube catchment area.  7 nature protected karst areas in 7 different countries with common features and similar problemstake part in this partnership. 

The ECO KARST project aims to contribute to the protection and sustainable development of karst bio-regions in the Danube region based on their valued Ecosystem services. ECO KARST will involve various public and private actors into capacity building, networking and know-how transfer. 7 local action plans and 1 common strategy for karst nature protected areaswill be developed by local participatory Ecosystem valorisations. Project activities are directed to identification, mapping and valorisation of the ecosystem services, and fostering their sustainable use throughout development of pro bio-diversity entrepreneurs, as a factor of economic development of the areas of protected nature. Project activities include trainings, exchange of the knowledge and experience.

Besides CENER21, the following  organisations take part in this project:  Slovenian Forest Service (Slovenia), Notranjska Regional Park (Slovenia), Public Institution “Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborskogorje” (Croatia), National Park Kalkalpen (Austria),Global nature Fund - International Foundation for Environmental and Nature ( Germany), Bukk National Park Directorate  (Hungary), Center for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary), RNP "Romsilva - Apuseni Nature Park Administration" ( Romania), Parks Dinarides - Network of Protected Areas of Dinarides (Montenegro), Cantonal Public Institution for the Protected Natural Areas of Sarajevo (BiH),  Public Utility  "National Park Tara" (Serbia).

CENER 21 has the leading role in the workpackagededicated to communication, but is also participant in implementation ofthe project activities inside the BiH pilot area Protected Landscape Bijambare.  As a leader ofcommunication activities  CENER 21 was responsible for:

  • development of the Communication Plan that define communication channels between partners and between partners and stakeholders;

  • design of the project visual identity and promotional material(posters, leaflets, brochures, event tool pack, etc.)

  • creating and  maintaining of project micro-website and accounts on social network (Facebook, Instagram),

  • managing process of development of promotional film about project results

  • coordination of the partners related to project promotion and communication activities (trainings, workshops, press conferences and similar).


As a participant in implementation of other project activities,CENER 21 have contributed to development of pilot area action plan and common strategy, worked with the targets groups and worked on capacity building ofentrepreneurs relevant to development of pro-biodiversity business in protected area.