Basic information
Original title:
Creative Sustainable Management, Territorially Compatible Marketing, and Environmental Education
Researchers involved:
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Duration:
1 July 2010–30 June 2013
Description

2Bparks sought to integrate environmental issues into core institutional thinking and private investment choices by developing innovative governance patterns for protected-area enhancement. To achieve this goal, 2Bparks:
- Assisted protected-area managers with effective decision-making when economic issues and social situations had to be reconciled with the environmental issues of protected-area policies and plans.
- Involved businesses and the public as effective drivers of protected-area enhancement.
- Created new possible employment positions, supported and enabled by the biodiversity and landscape diversity; contributed to education and research.
- Increased collective awareness of protected-area values and opportunities while strengthening sustainable tourism in protected areas.

2BParks general objectives were: the planning and management of protected areas by creating a Strategy for directing their development; creating a Strategy for expanding sustainable tourism and its marketing to the public and private sectors; contribute to research and the public’s education by preparing an interactive educational website, thus giving protected areas a competitive advantage and enabling new employment positions.

The sound balance between the improved standard and condition of living on one hand and preserving nature and natural resources on the other hand had an encouraging effect on sustainable development, supported by environmental, economic and social aspects, as well as cultural diversity.

By integrating environmental concerns into decision-making processes and developing sustainable tourism and awareness, 2Bparks contributed to sustainable utilization of natural resources and strengthened connections among Mediterranean societies, economies, and protected areas. The Slovenian protected area included in the project, Ljubljansko barje Nature Park, a 150 km² wetland, is one of the southernmost raised bogs in Europe, stretching across the southern part of the Ljubljana Basin. However, the millennia-long coexistence of man and nature has begun to show cracks in the past few decades. Consequently, this area was declared the Ljubljansko barje Nature Park in the fall of 2008. The park’s goal is to protect its biodiversity and landscape diversity and to promote sustainable development in harmony with regional tradition. 2Bparks helped this project during the starting phases of the park development.

In Ljubljansko barje Nature Park, the designs for interpreting the natural and cultural heritage in 15 selected areas were created. Special attention was paid to the Iška River. 11 signboards were made for The Iška River Meander Nature Trail and were set up along 13 km of existing trails. Three e-lessons were added to the contents of the trail. These are intended for three different groups of elementary and high school-aged children. The field exercise bank was created, where the children and their mentors can familiarize themselves with the field tasks along the Iška River. The website contains over 50 tasks for three different groups of elementary and high school-aged children. Visitors can adjust the tasks to suit their needs and print them out in PDF format. The e-lessons and the field exercise bank are learning materials created by experts and have been coordinated with the curriculums for elementary and high schools. We also created the preliminary draft of the “Meander Open-Air Classroom” concept, which will help visitors understand how nature functions and how humans impact it. Finally, a publication entitled Heritage Evaluation in the Ljubljana Marshes, is set to be published in the fall of 2014.

      

 

Results

1) The 2Bparks brochure.pdf

The project brochure illustrates how valuable past experience and sustainable development can help preserve protected areas for future generations.

2) Signing of the Scientific Research Collaboration Agreement

The Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and the Ljubljansko barje Nature Park signed a Scientific Research Collaboration Agreement on Tuesday, 8 November 2011, in the ZRC Atrium. The idea for the agreement arose during the collaboration on the 2Bparks international project.

A video of the event is listed below; the video can also be downloaded in .fvl format.

3) Round table on the development challenges in the Ljubljana Marshes

Representatives from ZRC SAZU and the Ljubljansko barje Nature Park held an interesting round table on 8 November 2001, in the ZRC Atrium in Ljubljana to discuss the development challenges in the Ljubljana Marshes and on how to bridge the gap between the researchers and the users.

4) Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ljubljana Marshes

In November, visitors were invited to view an exhibition about the natural and cultural heritage of the Ljubljana Marshes. The majority of the exhibition was prepared by the Ljubljansko barje Nature Park.

5) Interview on the Pogled v znanost (Outlook on Science) show on ARS Radio Slovenia

On 5 December 2011, ARS RADIO SLOVENIA aired the Outlook on Science talk show, prepared by Goran Tenze. The half hour-long show interviewed guest Aleš Smrekar, who presented the issues of the development of the Ljubljana Marshes, which is part of the 2BParks project.

The interview recording is listed below; the video can be downloaded here in mp3 format.

6) Photography competition for the youth “Ljubljana Marshes: Man and Nature”

Ljubljansko barje Nature Park, the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and GEA Magazine organized a photography competition for the youth called “Ljubljana Marshes: Man and Nature”.
Click here for more on this news.

7) The Iška River Meander Nature Trail

11 educational signboards were set up along the Iška River addressing nature and human activities in the landscape and served as an example of environment interpretation. The Iška River Meander Nature Trail extends along 13 km of existing trails and is best visited by bike.

Result links:
The Iška River Meander Nature Trail (leaflet)
The Iška River Meander Nature Trail (signboards)

8) E-lessons

Three e-lessons were added to The Iška River Meander Nature Trail. They are intended for three different age groups of elementary and high school-aged children. The materials have been coordinated with the curriculums for elementary and high school.

Links to the e-lessons:
The Iška River: From Spring to Faucet
The Three Faces of the Iška River
Sawing and Grinding

9) Field exercise bank

The field exercise bank contains over 50 field tasks along the Iška River. Visitors can adjust the tasks to suit their needs and print them out in .pdf format. The tasks are intended for three different age groups of elementary and high school-aged children. The materials have been coordinated with the curriculums for elementary and high school.

http://tomcat.geopedia.si/Ljubljansko_barje_en/

10) Final project publication

The 2Bparks MAINSTREAM booklet illustrates the project’s most prominent results with a special focus on their pan-national dimensions; it also lists recommendations for sustainable management and protected area planning in the future.

Link to the publication

KEY WORDS

Protected area • management of protected area • sustainable tourism • awareness • education • environment interpretation • Mediterranean • Ljubljana Marshes

Lead partner

Project manager

Project manager at ZRC

Partners

Parco Naturale Regionale delle Serre, Serra San Bruno • Conselleria de Turisme, Govern de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca • Conseil général de l'Hérault, Montpellier • Provincia di Vercelli, Vercelli • Dimos Volou, Volos • Associação dos Empresarios do Alentejo Litoral, Grândola • Ayuntamiento de Andújar, Andújar • Institouto Geoperivallontos, Athens • Etaireia touristikis anaptyksis & provolis Troodous; Nicosia

Keywords

protected area • management of protected area • sustainable tourism • awareness • education • Mediterranean • Ljubljansko barje