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Škocjan Caves, Slovenia: an integrative approach to the management of a World Heritage Site

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Vanja Debevec
Vanja Debevec
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Škocjan Caves Park, Škocjan 2, SI-6215 Divača, Slovenia
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Borut Peric
Borut Peric
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Škocjan Caves Park, Škocjan 2, SI-6215 Divača, Slovenia
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Samo Šturm
Samo Šturm
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Škocjan Caves Park, Škocjan 2, SI-6215 Divača, Slovenia
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Tomaž Zorman
Tomaž Zorman
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Škocjan Caves Park, Škocjan 2, SI-6215 Divača, Slovenia
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Peter Jovanovič
Peter Jovanovič
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Institute of Occupational Safety, Chengdujska 25, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Published:
January 01, 2018

Abstract

The Škocjan Caves are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to their outstanding natural features. The caves include a large underground canyon containing the Reka River, collapse dolines with vegetation in rock fissures and impressive archaeological sites with a rich history of speleological and scientific research. They are also included in the Ramsar Directory of Wetlands of International Importance. Together with their broader surface area, the site is known as the UNESCO Karst Biosphere Reserve. The aim of the management of the reserve is to protect the World Heritage Site and to preserve its outstanding universal value for future generations. The protection activities are regulated by the provisions of international documents, the Škocjan Caves Regional Park Act and the park’s management plan. These activities include monitoring of the water quality in the Reka River and meteorological surveys on the surface. Monitoring of the microclimate of the caves focuses on measuring the effects of tourism and monitoring the levels of radon, with the aim of the ensuring the safety of the park’s employees. Ensuring a favourable status for the underground habitats and species is laid down in the Natura 2000 management programme. Particular attention is paid to ensuring high-quality, safe visits to the caves and providing educational and awareness-raising activities on the surface of the park.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Advances in Karst Research: Theory, Fieldwork and Applications

M. Parise
M. Parise
University Aldo Moro, Italy
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F. Gabrovsek
F. Gabrovsek
Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Slovenia
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G. Kaufmann
G. Kaufmann
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
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N. Ravbar
N. Ravbar
Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, Slovenia
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Geological Society of London
Volume
466
ISBN electronic:
9781786203786
Publication date:
January 01, 2018

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