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Natural parks

Somewhere deep within us there are stories about pure nature, clear streams, endless green forests and birds singing lively songs. Some of us remember these stories from our childhood, while others are preserved in the memories of our grandmothers, and we very rarely have the opportunity to experience them in real life. Natural parks are areas where we can still experience the bounty of primal nature with all of our senses. These parks are the pride of Slovenia.

Protected parks all over the world have been created to protect the diversity of flora and fauna and natural habitats. The first nature reserves in Europe were established in Sweden in 1910, and Slovenia followed as early as 1924 when it established a protected area around the Triglav Lakes, becoming the fifth country in Europe to have a nature reserve.


After this, the number of protected areas around Europe continued to increase, and so today, EU member states have almost 600 different categories and over 42,000 protected areas.

In Slovenia, the Nature Conservation Act divides protected areas into small and large protected areas, and distinguishes between six different categories. Small protected areas are strict nature reserves, nature reserves, and natural monuments, while large protected areas, also called parks, include natural parks, regional parks and landscape parks.

While small protected areas are mainly subject to nature preservation measures, parks play a much broader role, in preserving the biological variety of flora and fauna and their corresponding habitats, while protecting landscape diversity. In parks, the possibilities for development, recreation and the spiritual enrichment of the population are also taken into account. The idea of a park in Slovenia is therefore in accordance with the Parks for Life action plan supported by the World Conservation Union IUCN in 1994.

The Future

Currently there are several national projects to establish new parks and protected areas. Foremost among these is the proposal to establish the Kamniško-Savinjske Alpe Natural Park, which has been listed among proposals for parks for several years now. Other planned parks include a landscape park at the Ljubljana Marshes and another at Kolpa, with initiatives for the establishment of a Pohorje regional park and a park located at the border the Karst region.

The parks are therefore active agents in preserving the environment, while at the same time they also help top reserve cultural heritage, carry out development projects, provide unique opportunities for tourism, education and the international promotion of Slovenia.

Where to go for recreation and new adventures?

At the national level, Slovenia has one national park (the Triglav National Park), two regional parks (the Kozjanski Park and Škocjan Caves), three landscape parks (the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, Strunjan, Goričko), and one nature reserve, Škocjanski zatok. At municipal level, one regional park has been established (the Notranjska Regional Park), and 34 landscape parks which are scattered all around Slovenia.

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