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CADRG, Cadrg village, © Mateja Kutin

Transformation of mountain agriculture in a village to ecological farming with a revitalisation effect on the village and development of sustainable tourism. The village of 30 inhabitants also accepted the establishment of a drug abuse rehabilitation centre Don Pierino in a former school house.

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Ekološka vas Čadrg

Location of CNA: Slovenia

Municipality / regional entity: Tolmin

Category of the experience: Measure
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Land use 
Secondary field(s): Tourism Other field: agricultural

Spatial scale: Local
Time & duration:

Start date: 1990s
Duration: permanent

Key word(s): ecological farming, revitalisation


The inhabitants were able to overcome the accessibility barriers and a long lasting trend of moving to urban areas. The village lies within the Triglav national park and due to regulations a transition towards ecological farming is now a win-win scenario for all. Many goals were reached during the time of transition in the village: depopulation has stopped and young people are taking over the farms, the village has developed high recognition and tourism is now an important source of local economy. It is an example for other mountain areas in the local area and wider on how a common goal can be reached with following a clear vision.


A transition to ecological farming was needed in order to be competitive with products. Added value was given to the products via tourism and direct marketing. A clear support form the national park authorities was present and also the municipality of Tolmin had to invest into its infrastructure to support the process.


It shows that repopulisation of rural areas is possible, but the investment per capita is high and it is a long term process. An innovative approach is needed in order to be competititve on the market.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Medium

It is a small village therefore the total quantity of CO2 reduction is small, but the idea itself shows the possibilities of action in small areas.

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

The idea is being selfsustainable, because of the size it is also possible.

Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Very positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Very positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": Very positive

All effects bring added value to tourism.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Very positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

The idea grew in the society itself so the bottom up approach helped to organise common activities and disseminate it as a common vision.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Very positive
- Added value / income: Very positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

Added value was needed in order to stay competitive, because cost of farming are high due to the mountain climate, landscape and accessibility issues. This was the basic point for creating new job opportunities.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

The village was used as a good practice example in many cases and it grew recognition in the national and international level.

Transferability: High


Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High

Carbon neutrality was not the vision, but all the activities were supporting it.

Good governance: Medium

Support from the national park authorities and from the municipality was needed to support the initiated process.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Individuals

No official structure exists. PRC is located in the same region and is cooperating with the initiative.

Contact person(s):

Name: Miro Kristan
Institution: Posoški razvojni center
Address: Trg svobode 2, 5222 Kobarid
Phone: +38653841500
Fax: +38653841504

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