Geopark - opportunity for Idrija countryside

In 2011 the Idrija municipality put the project Idrija Geopark - an opportunity for the Idrija countryside out to tender. The project has been carried out in the Idrija, Vojsko and Kanomlja local communities. There are some activities, especially the new ones, which the residents and societies from other places that belong to the Idrija municipality are able to participate in and show their support for. 
When establishing the Idrija Geopark we realised the vital importance of encouraging cooperation between residents, societies, local communities and other participants. They play a crucial role in the success of the geopark, sustainable development and a number of secondary activities like the marketing of authentic produce and products, handicrafts, various social events and tourist offer in the countryside.
The project lasts 17 months, from January 2012 to May 2013.

Main activities of the project
  • increasing the prominence of endogenous potentials of the area, especially of natural heritage, presentations and workshops for local residents with the emphasis on natural heritage, practical workshops on theme trails
  • animation and motivation of local residents: workshops in the Zgornja Idrijca Natural Park area on Idrija, Vojsko and Kanomlja; providing motivation and information for representatives of the local communities so that they will be able to decide which activities to undertake to achieve the desired development
  • trainings and guidance: course of training with the emphasis on project proposals and investments in order to provide funding, specialised workshops/trainings on ways of undertaking business activities and joint programmes, expert guidance on how to perform activities, inspection of and advice for three pilot locations in support of individual/joint programme
  • pilot implementation of the individual/joint programmes: identification of cases of good practice in the Local action group (LAG) area, development of joint and individual programmes
If you want to actively participate in the project, you are kindly invited to call the project coordinator, the Idrija-Cerkno Development agency, on +3865 3743 910.

Project manager: Idrija Municipality
Project partners: Idrijsko – Cerkljanska razvojna agencija, Društvo kmečkih žena in deklet Vojsko, Turistično kulturno društvo Kanomlja in Radio Cerkno d.o.o. 
Contributors: Rudnik živega srebra Idrija, Center za Idrijsko dediščino
 
The Project Idrija Geopark - an opportunity for the Idrija countryside is partly financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

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