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1 SI Natura2000 Management - Natura 2000 Management programme for Slovenia for the period LIFE11 NAT/SI/ Project description Environmental issues Beneficiaries Administrative data Read more Contact details: Project Manager: Andrej BIBIC Tel: Project description: Background Slovenia is home to 354 Natura 2000 sites, 323 of which were designated according to the Habitats Directive and 31 according to the Birds Directive. These sites contain 236 priority species and 60 priority habitat types, covering km2 ha or 37.2% of the country, which is the highest (terrestrial) percentage in the EU. A new Management Programme for the period was required after the conclusion of the previous one in The programme would form the basis for achieving a favourable conservation status of Natura 2000 species and habitat types for the next financial framework. In order to prepare as good a Management Programme as possible, implementation of measures and achievement of objectives of the previous Management Programme needed to be thoroughly analysed. A draft version of the new programme would also need to be discussed with all relevant stakeholders and prepared for adoption by the Slovenian government. Additionally measures from the new programme would be integrated into operational programmes for attracting EU funds. Objectives The main objective of the project was to prepare the Natura 2000 Management

2 Programme for Slovenia for the period , which would be adopted by the government. Further project objectives were to: Integrate measures/solutions from the Natura 2000 Management programme ( ) into operational programmes for gaining EU funds (agricultural, structural and cohesion, fisheries and LIFE+); Finalise and update a Prioritised Action Framework as required by Article 8 of the Habitats Directive; Analyse the implementation of measures and achievement of objectives from the Natura 2000 Management Programme and to use these results in preparation of the new programme; Communicate measures for Natura 2000 to different stakeholders and target groups and raise their awareness of Natura 2000 and increase awareness of general public on importance of Natura 2000; Identify the opportunities of Natura 2000 sites for local and/or regional development, jobs and economic growth; Adopt an act (the Natura 2000 Management Programme) harmonised with all competent sectors to properly manage the Natura 2000 sites in the country in the period ; and Increase the understanding of the main stakeholders that Natura 2000 is a good opportunity for sustainable development. Results The SI Natura2000 Management project provided the basis for future biodiversity conservation in Slovenia. Its main outcome, the Natura 2000 Management Programme for the period , was officially adopted by the Slovenian government in April The programme provides the foundation for achieving improved conservation status of Natura 2000 species and habitat types in the future. The Management Programme also provides the basis for applying for specific EU funds. Measures from the Natura 2000 Management Programme have already been integrated into several sectorial and other operational programmes, including: Rural Development Programme ; Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy ; Regional development programmes (12 regions); European Territorial Cooperation (4 Cross Border Cooperation programmes); and Operational programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The project furthermore created a comprehensive database that includes detailed conservation objectives for every species and habitat type in the Natura 2000 sites. To facilitate potential applicants submit Natura 2000 project proposals, a sophisticated web tool was developed that guides them through the preparation process. Additionally, the following official documents were prepared: Prioritised Action Framework ;

3 Analysis of the implementation of measures and objective achievement of the Natura 2000 Management Programme ; Recommendations for the better use of funds in the new operational programme; Overview of financing opportunities for Natura 2000 in the new EU financial perspective; Guidelines for financing the measures defined in the Natura 2000 Management Programme for the period ; and Integration of measures/solutions of the Natura 2000 Management Programme into sectorial and operational programmes for obtaining EU funds (agricultural, cohesion, structural, Maritime and Fisheries Fund). These documents establish the legal basis for identified conservation measures, planning, implementing bodies and types of funding sources. The improvement of the conservation status of Natura 2000 species and habitats is expected through the strong involvement of public services, responsible for management of forests, waters, fisheries and indirectly agricultural land, as well as through increased conservation efforts. An Annex of the Management Programme includes a list of investments and services that can benefit from the Natura 2000 network. The Natura 2000 Management Programme serves as a good practice example for EU candidate countries, such as Montenegro, Serbia and FYR of Macedonia. These countries have similar legislation on the management of natural resources due to their joint legislation in the past. Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Conservation Plan (see "Read more" section). Environmental issues addressed: Themes Land-use and Planning - Sensitive and protected areas management Keywords land use planning protected area management plan Target EU Legislation Nature protection and Biodiversity Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds ( ) Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv... COM(2011) 244 final Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to

4 Natura 2000 sites Not applicable Beneficiaries: Coordinator Type of organisation Description Partners Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo in okolje (Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment) National authority The Slovenian Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning promotes and coordinates efforts towards sustainable development and the efficient use of natural resources. The main task of the ministry is to draw up legislation on environment and spatial planning. In Slovenia, Natura 2000 sites were designated in 2004, and the following year the ministry began to prepare for the Natura 2000 site management programme , included in the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). The programme establishes measures for achieving the conservation objectives of the species and Natura 2000 habitat types within the management plans. It also outlines means of attaining EU funds and the work programmes of public institutions. The Ministry for the Environment and Spatial Planning led the development and coordination of the programme, which was adopted in 2007 by the Government of Republic of Slovenia. Zavod za gozdove Slovenije (Slovenian Forest Service) Zavod RS za varstvo narave (Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation) Zavod za ribištvo Slovenije (Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia) Inštitut za vode Republike Slovenije (Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia) Kmetijsko gozdarska zbornica Slovenije (Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia)

5 Administrative data: Project reference LIFE11 NAT/SI/ Duration 20-AUG-2012 to 30-JUN Total budget 1,706, EU contribution 853, Pomurska(Slovenia Slovenija),Podravska(Slovenia Slovenija),Koroska(Slovenia Slovenija),Savinjska(Slovenia Slovenija),Zasavska(Slovenia Slovenija),Spodnjeposavska(Slovenia Slovenija),Gorenjska(Slovenia Project location Slovenija),Notranjsko-kraska(Slovenia Slovenija),Goriska(Slovenia Slovenija),Obalno-kraska(Slovenia Slovenija),Jugovzhodna Slovenija(Slovenia Slovenija),Osrednjeslovenska(Slovenia Slovenija),Extra-Regio(Slovenia Slovenija),Associated Slovenia (SLO)(Slovenia Slovenija) Read more: Project web site Project's website Publication: After-LIFE Title: After-LIFE Conservation Plan Year: 2015 Conservation Plan Editor: SI Natura 2000 Management No of pages: 14 Publication: Layman report Title: Layman report No of pages: 16 Publication: Technical report Title: Project's Final technical report Year: 2015 Editor: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning No of pages: 73 Project description Environmental issues Beneficiaries Administrative data Read more

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