Nature parks, nature reserves and natural monuments
Protected areas include nature parks, nature reserves and natural monuments. Nature parks (i.e. wider protected areas under the law) are classified into national, regional and landscape parks. They are protected by the state, the municipalities, or the state and municipality together and are subject to special regimes and prohibitions.
On-the-spot nature protection
Be it an animal, plant or inanimate nature, we usually want to preserve it where it is (in situ). That is why we protect their living spaces, as they are crucial for their survival in the future as well.
All protected areas have been designated by Slovenia with regulations on nature conservation, and many of them are also of international importance (for example Natura 2000 and Ramsar).
Nature park and nature reserve management
All major and some smaller nature parks and nature reserves are managed by state or municipal public institutions, concessionaires or public utility units (operators). Their most important task is to protect animal and plant species, habitat types, natural features, and landscape by taking appropriate action. They also arrange visits and raise public awareness. The monitoring of compliance with regulatory regimes is carried out by nature conservation and voluntary supervisors.
Slovenia set up and provides management for:
- Triglav National Park,
- Škocjan Caves Regional Park,
- Kozjansko Regional Park,
- Goričko Landscape Park,
- Sečovlje Salina Nature Park,
- Kolpa Landscape Park,
- Ljubljana Marshes Nature Park,
- Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve,
- Strunjan Landscape Park,
- Radensko polje Nature Park (Co-founder: Grosuplje Municipality),
- Zelenci Nature Reserve (Co-founder: Kranjska Gora Municipality, managed by the public utility unit of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning),
- Ormoške lagune Nature Reserve
Individual municipalities manage the following nature parks:
- Notranjska Regional Park,
- Lahinja Landscape Park,
- Logarska dolina Landscape Park,
- Pivka Intermittent Lakes Landscape Park,
- Drava Landscape Park (the part in Starše Municipality is managed),
- Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski hrib Landscape Park,
- Debeli rtič Landscape Park (The agreement on the protection of natural features of national importance in Debeli rtič Landscape Park was concluded between the Municipality and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia on 13 March 2018).
Areas of parks on the map of Slovenia
If your land is located in a protected area and you wish to sell it, the state has a pre-emptive right. This means that you first have to offer your land to the state – you should send an offer to the Slovenian Environment Agency.
If you wish to build or otherwise intervene in the area or nature in a protected area, you should first check whether such intervention is allowed by the regime specified in the regulation on the establishment of the protected area.