Project name: Baseline documentation for the proclamation of Ćićarija Regional park within the project “LIKE – Living on the Karst Edge” (INTERREG V-A Slovenia – Croatia 2014.-2020.)
Client: Istria County
Period: 02/2019 – 02/2020
As part of a joint venture, Oikon developed baseline documentation for the proclamation of Ćićarija Regional Park. The documentation included:
(1) Collection of all available data on the characteristics of the area: location of the area, geomorphology, geology, hydrography and hydrogeology, state of water bodies, landscape values, cultural and historical values, biodiversity, Natura 2000 ecological network, mapping of areas important for the flora and their valorization
(2) Analysis of the existing use and the current state of the area: population and settlements in the area of Ćićarija, infrastructure, land cover, economic activities in the area of Ćićarija (agriculture, forestry, hunting, tourism), land use analysis based on cadastre analysis with reference to past land use
(3) Valorization of the area (biodiversity, cultural heritage, stakeholders and the local population, land use, water)
(4) Proposal of protection and protection measures – based on the valorization of the area, the boundaries of the protected area in the category of the regional park have been proposed
(5) Management guidelines
(6) Assessment and sources of funds required for the implementation of protection
(7) Analysis of the consequences of the establishment of formal national protection and the category of the regional park
(8) The socio-economic aspect of the planned regional park in order to define the benefits for the local population and the economy by establishing a regional park (ecosystem services)
(9) Preparation of cartographic maps.
As part of the project, a stakeholder analysis was made in the area proposed for protection. As part of the consultation process with stakeholders, their views were collected and the possibility of developing the area in case of protection of the area was promoted. The consultation process was made through stakeholder interviews and through facilitated workshops
During the project, field research was conducted on grasslands, cultural heritage, underground habitats (with an emphasis on Natura 2000 ecological network areas) and landscape values.
As part of the project, the data were organized into a GIS database.