DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia
»Project LIFE STRŽEN is crucial for the conservation and promotion of the unique biodiversity on Cerknica Lake. Cerknica Lake is the only nesting area of the bird bittern in Slovenia. The bittern is a symbol and one of the umbrella species of nature conservation. By restoring its habitat, we will improve the living conditions of other endangered species as well. Let its spring drumming that booms across the lake, be an encouraging sign for the future.«
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation
»Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation considers project LIFE STRŽEN as one of the important pieces in the mosaic of improving the conservation state of wetlands in Slovenia. LIFE STRŽEN is improving the conservation status of the intermittent lake by restoring the double meander of watercourse Stržen. We expect the restoration to improve the hydrological conditions of wet meadows, increase the quantity of water in the stream during dry periods of the year and establish new spaces with suitable living conditions for protected species of animals. We believe a crucial part of the project is cooperation and involvement of local people and competent sectors in the process of decision-making, since these decisions will contribute to better governance of the area. The Institute for Nature Conservation is looking forward to working on the project and to new challenges and experiences it will bring.«
The Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia
»We were delighted when Notranjska Regional Park invited us to be part of project LIFE STRŽEN, as it enables joint effort of various expert institutions to improve such an important habitat area as Cerknica Lake. Project objectives are also in line with the mission of the Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia, the main expert institution in the field of fisheries in the Republic of Slovenia. We have tried to implement activities that will contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of their diversity ever since the Institute’s establishment.
Furthermore, one of the many responsibilities of the Institute is management of waters of special importance, including Cerknica Lake. Therefore, it is in our interest to ensure sustainable management of the lake, which is undoubtedly a kind of a world wonder.
As a project partner we will do our best to achieve all the set objectives and to carry out our tasks with utmost care and professionalism.«
Hidrotehnik d. d.
»Being part of project LIFE STRŽEN is an honour and a great opportunity for HIDROTEHNIK, a water management company with 70 years of tradition in water management. We believe that our preventative action in the field of water management, orientation towards sustainable development and careful attitude towards nature demonstrates social responsibility to current and future generations. When facing the challenge of the demanding execution of the restoration on Cerknica Lake, we will greatly benefit from our rich experience with designing and implementing environmentally-friendly sustainable solutions. These solutions ensure natural balance of aquatic and riparian ecosystems, prevent increased flood risk and reduce flood damage.«
Co-financers of the project
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
»Cerknica Lake is a vital area for the conservation of biodiversity. It is protected on different levels – it is a regional park, a wetland of international importance, and an ecologically important area, containing natural values of national importance. Last but not least, Cerknica Lake is part of the European network Natura 2000. The Ministry is co-financing project LIFE STRŽEN due to the great nature conservation value of that area, specifically because the project is focused on improving the conservation status of species of European importance. Among other objectives, the project will contribute to reaching the objectives of the Ministry’s Natura 2000 Management Programme for the area of Cerknica Lake.«
Municipality of Cerknica
»Project LIFE STRŽEN is incredibly important from the aspect of nature conservation. Additionally, it will bring the possibility of sustainable development to Notranjska region.«
Ebm-papst Slovenija d.o.o.
»Our company is part of a group where sustainable development is incorporated in the products (energy conservation, effect of motors and ventilators on the environment), as well as in working processes and technologies (environment friendly, minimizing resource consumption). The evidence for this is the award for sustainable development our then president of management received from the Slovenian Development Commissioner, Mr Potočnik. In our opinion, restoration of the watercourse is the only acceptable way to regulate conditions and infrastructure in a way that enables coexistence of tourism and natural environment.«
DS Smith Slovenija d. o. o.
»The company DS Smith Slovenia regularly supports activities in the local area, because we are aware of the importance of socially responsible behaviour. We believe that preserving natural and cultural heritage is the foundation of sustainable development of society, so we are happy to support Notranjska Regional Park and project LIFE STRŽEN.«
ALPOD d. o. o.
»Alpod d. o. o. is a socially responsible company that regularly supports activities in the local community. We were eager to support project LIFE STRŽEN, since we are well aware of the contribution it will bring to the Notranjska region in the fields of development, nature conservation and tourism.«
Agrarian local society Dolenja vas
»The project is crucial from our point of view, since it will establish guiding infrastructure, which will address the problem of visitors disturbing the most sensitive parts of Cerknica Lake and private lands, managed by our members.«
Agrarian local society Gorenje Jezero
»We support the activities of project LIFE STRŽEN, especially the establishment of guiding infrastructure with a bird observatory. This infrastructure will alleviate the problem of visitor pressure to farmland.«
Cerknica Angling Club
»Cerknica Angling Club is aware of the importance and advantages project LIFE STRŽEN will bring, which is why we support it. Restoration is the best course of action at the moment, since it will provide fish with at least minimum survival conditions.«
Hunting fraternity Cerknica
»We support project LIFE STRŽEN, because it will bring together many stakeholders, who all take advantage of the beauties of Cerknica Lake. It will also open the possibility of cooperation between them.«
Tourist Association Notranjska Cerknica
»The Tourist Association Notranjska Cerknica supports project LIFE STRŽEN, because it will establish basic infrastructure on Cerknica Lake, thus bringing the possibility of the development of sustainable tourism, in addition to nature conservation.«
Association of Križna Cave Lovers
»Association of Križna Cave Lovers supports project LIFE STRŽEN. A member of the Association will join the project council of stakeholders as a representative of tourism providers.«
Inter-Municipal Inspectorate of the Municipalities of Postojna, Cerknica, Pivka, Loška dolina and Bloke
»We support project LIFE STRŽEN, because we are aware of the issues in the protected area of Cerknica Lake, such as rule violations and the pressure of uncontrolled visits to this area.«
Biebrza National Park
»Restoration of meanders, planned within the project, will increase the water retention time in the lake, thus enabling the successful breeding of water birds, increasing the chances of survival of fish and protecting wetland habitat types. Since we are facing a similar problem within our project LIFE, we strongly support the project of Notranjska Regional Park and intend to share our knowledge and experience with the team.«
Latvian Fund for Nature
»We wish you success in implementing your Project and in capturing Bitterns! We hope that our experiences shared with you will massively facilitate this success«