At the beginning of September this year, the KRASn’KRŠ project began which is financed by the Interreg V-A Slovenia – Croatia programme. The main theme of the project is the protection and valorisation of the heritage of the karst landscape and the development of sustainable tourism in the cross-border karst landscape. The KRASn’KRŠ destination will link four localities with the characteristic types of karst landscape: Sežan, Škocjan Caves, Brod na Kupi and Punat on the island of Krk.
The innovative approach to the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the karst heritage will allow visitors to get to know this natural phenomenon via permanent exhibitions in interpretation centres, on themed trails and at other interpretation and informational points.
We are pleased that with this project we will be able to contribute our many years of experience in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, which from a professional viewpoint is important for the understanding of the local, national, regional and European identities and thereby of great significance for all citizens of Europe. Interpretation is the tool for the creation of stories that connect the local population with visitors, they raise the awareness of universal values, as well as generate the economic growth of the local communities developing new cultural-touristic products.
With our participation in this project we have the opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences, as well as to learn from all the other partners in the project and thereby strengthen our competencies and expand the range of our professional activity within the European context.
Our partners from Croatia and Slovenia are: Znanstveno raziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti (the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts) as the leading partner, Komunalno stanovanjsko podjetje d.d. (Communal Housing Company) Sežana, the Škocjan Caves Public Institution, Zavod Tovarna trajnostnega turizma Goodplace (the Goodplace Institute for Sustainable Tourism) from Ljubljana, the Natural History Museum Rijeka and the Municipality
of Punat on the island of Krk.