Lipica Stud Farm is the leading partner of the "Protecting Diversity in Karst Regions by Revitalizing Culture and the Renaturation of Natural Heritage" cross-border project, known as "Karst Revived". The other two partners in the project are the municipalities of Vrbnik and Punat in Croatia.
The Operative Cross-Border Cooperation Program Slovenia – Croatia 2007 – 2013 is a development program co-created by Slovenia and Croatia to solve common problems and tap shared potential. The program was co-financed by the European Union as an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, and has been financed as part of the European Fund for Regional Development since 1 July 2013.
The karst region management plan focuses on three karst regions: the Lipica Stables estate on classic karst in Slovenia, the traditional path from Vrbnik to Kozica (Vrbnik municipality), and the traditional path from Prgon to Tri križa (Punat municipality) on the island of Krk in Croatia.
The "Karst Revived" project will help provide suitable maintenance for protected and natural regions. It will help prevent the landscape from becoming further overgrown, increase the value of natural and cultural karst elements through both the revitalisation and renaturing of heritage. It will educate both the local population and visitors alike on the importance of natural and cultural resources and the ways in which they can be protected.
The goal of the management plan is to provide guidelines by which to ensure the maintenance and protection of natural and cultural heritage in the pilot regions. The strategic guidelines and starting points of implementation plans are oriented towards the holistic protection and sustainable development of the region.
LIPICA STUD FARM IN THE "KARST REVIVED" PROJECT: PASTURES FOR LIPIZZANER HORSES
The project’s lead partner is the Lipica Stud Farm, the original stud farm of the Lipizzaner horse, an equestrian centre and a tourist area. Lipica Stud Farm has always advocated a strong connection between man and his landscape, and the project has restored overgrown pastures and paths along sinkholes in the regions of Sirkovci and Bezovščina in order to provide additional grazing land to a permanent herd of 350 horses. Additionally, fences, dry stone walls, sinkholes, wells, reservoirs, and extensive old tree-lined paths have been preserved.
LOOK AT THE "KARST REVIVED" BROCHURE!