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Slovenia

THE KARST

 
 
  Brief description   The core area of the Biosphere Reserve corresponds to the protected Park kocjanske jame. The special protection regime that is applied here for natural and cultural monuments is due to the special value of the area and its significance for World Heritage. The inclusion of the Mejame caves in the protected area is being prepared, since many endemic species live there; it is a unique habitat with all the typical geomorphological peculiarities of contact karst. The buffer zone covers the Reka River basin. It is an important area in forming the karst underground ecosystems. The transition area covers the area of the Classical Divača Karst in Slovenia. Due to the great vulnerability of the surface and complexity of underground karst water and its flows it is necessary to carefully plan the activities that must provide constant underground water quality.

Monitoring of microclimate and radio-activity; Monitoring of meteorological measurements; Hydrology; Inventorying of lampenflora (algae, mosses and ferns); Bioindication of ground ozone; Tourist visit statistics; Possibilities for fruit cultivation and development of traditional farming; Speleotherapy; Honey production; Tourist promotion of the Karst and its effects; Significance of sheep breeding for preserving biodiversity; Economical and social aspects of woods and grasslands; School network - connecting different generations and preserving traditions.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, contaminants, hydrology, indicators, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies, pollution, pollutants, speleology.
  Biodiversity   Algae, biodiversity, breeding/reproduction, flora, monitoring/methodologies, temperate grassland.
  Socio-economic   Agriculture/Production systems, economic studies, social/socio-economic aspects, tourism, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge.
  Integrated monitoring   Education and public awareness.


Last updated: 4/6/2006

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