In 1987 the municipality established the Logarska Dolina Landscape Park; however, this failed to solve the tourism-related problems as no financing of the the park's operation was specified in the municipal ordinance. Therefore the local population set development goals, founded a company and acquired the concession to manage it from the competent municipality. The development of the park, which has been of great economic significance for the wider area for thirteen years, is based on the balance between nature protection, social and economic aspects and the cooperation of competent organisations.
Logarska Dolina d.o.o. is a non-profit company of fourteen partners, the majority of whom are local land owners. Ever since it was set up, the company has invested all the obtained funds into programmes of nature protection, infrastructure, preparation and implementation of programmes of sustainable economic development of the park and its wider area. It is a vehicle for activities that call for joint organisation and coordination within the park and represents the interests and orientation of Logarska Dolina externally.
Mr Avgust Lenar
Logarska dolina d.o.o.
Logarska dolina 9
SOLCAVA SLOVENIJA email@example.com
Phone 00386-41766-098 Fax 00386-3838-9003
The company partners, who own land and significant real estate in the park, local community members, visitors to the area, all organisational structures responsible for managing protected areas. The company closely cooperates with a number of organisations and individuals involved in sustainable development of comparable areas. The park is a member of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas. Logarska Dolina gave the initiative for the establishment of a regional park together with the neighbouring municipalities in the Kamnik Savinja Alps and Austria.
ADOPTED BY THE FOUNDERS OF THE COMPANY: • Development must not harm the environment; it must rely on natural potentials, tradition and the local population. • Ecotourism must be given special attention – the focus should be on tradicional activities, products and services • Accommodation should remain limited to approximately the present number of beds – with possible modernisation • Tourist motor traffic needs to get gradually replaced by other forms of mobility • Additional tourist activities must be adapted to protected areas ADDED SUBSEQUENTLY: • To encourage dispersed development of tourist facilities in the wider area • To protect real estate from being sold off as holiday homes • To develop the necessary tourist infrastructure in the Solcava village and thus relieve the protected areas • To encourage the setting-up of the Kamnik Savinja Alps regional park for a more efficient protection of natural and cultural heritage, better promotion of geographical identity and creation of new jobs.
IN THE FIRST YEARS the activities were focused on the ecological restoration by remedying the consequences of random tourism development (waste dumps, unregulated parking) and on the provision of the basic conditions for sustainable development of the park. PERMANENT ACTIVITIES SINCE THE SETTING UP: preserving an exceptional landscape rich in natural and cultural resources, putting in place and maintaining the infrastructure in the park, visitors management, education, realisation of long-term goals, coordination of different positions on development within the private sector, development of public-private partnership by including all the structures responsible for protected areas. IN RECENT YEARS the emphasis has been on the development of ecotourism in the wider area, environmental and standard infrastructure, inclusion into development programmes of the region, integration of municipalities in the area of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, with a view to establishing a regional park, cooperation with the representatives of other areas to exchange useful experience and joint preparation and implementation of cross-border programmes.
MANAGEMENT OF THE PARK: • Adoption of development orientation and goals • Preparation of, and signing of the concession contract with the municipality • Introduction of an entry fee for motor vehicles (the first such case in Slovenia) and a system of visitors' management • thirteen-year management and care of the park MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTMENTS THAT THE COMPANY INITIATED, PREPARED AND, TOGETHER WITH PARTNERS, REALIZED: • type-system of marking • construction of an entrance zone with a carpark • district heating using wood biomass (800 kw) • sewerage system (3 km) with a purification device DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES: • leading a team for the change of the municipal spatial planning documents • a nature and ethnographical trail • maintenance of 22 natural/cultural sights • registration of a trademark and restoration of an Alpine dairy offering its own products • highly developed additional ecotourist services WIDER AREA • A letter of intent of mayors of five municipalities of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps on the setting-up of a regional park.