By including new Slovenia-based choices to its rising portfolio, the European Safari Firm will contribute to bear conservation and drive nature-based tourism improvement within the nation’s Kočevje area.
Bear conservation and nature-based tourism in southern Slovenia have been given a well timed enhance with the European Safari Company (ESC) including Slovenian experiences to their rising portfolio. The brand new choices centre round bear watching within the nation’s closely forested and picturesque Kočevje area.
Bears, wolves, lynx and a various vary of different iconic animals all inhabit Slovenia’s wilder areas. This implies the nation has the assets to see nature-based tourism actually set up itself over the approaching years. As folks be taught to reside alongside such species, and profit from them, sustainable relationships at the moment are taking off and flourishing.
“We’re thrilled to have the ability to supply Slovenia as an thrilling new vacation spot,” says Simon Collier, Rewilding Europe’s Wildlife Tourism Supervisor and director of the European Safari Firm. “It’s massively gratifying to see sustainable nature-based tourism acquire a foothold in Slovenia, and we’re dedicated to supporting its ongoing improvement.”
The brand new choices comply with a hosted journey which the ESC made to southern Slovenia final 12 months. In the course of the journey the group met with the native tourism division, looking associations and forestry business representatives to assist with disguise design and site, in addition to the creation of vacationer choices, working manuals and a greatest follow information for wildlife watching. Going forwards the ESC will present additional assist by serving to to safe as many friends as attainable for nascent nature-based companies within the space.
“We noticed how the mix of tourism fashions from different areas with new conservation concepts has led to an increasing alternative on this stunning nook of the nation,” says Collier. “We additionally noticed how folks on the bottom – from small enterprise house owners to nature guides – are proving vital to the long-term success of this new conservation motion.”
A surprising land of snow-covered mountains, alpine lakes and large swathes of pristine forest, Slovenia is an more and more in style vacationer vacation spot. The nation is already dwelling to a booming mass tourism market, with in style hotspots such because the Kras cave area thronged with guests in the summertime months yearly.
Creating sustainable, nature-based tourism as a brand new idea inside such a market is undoubtedly a problem, however has large potential if performed in the proper manner. Thanks partly to the LIFE DINALP BEAR project – a member of Rewilding Europe’s European Rewilding Network since 2014 – Slovenia has lately been incomes itself a popularity as a vacation spot for such tourism as properly.
Slovenia’s burgeoning inhabitants of brown bears is a part of the explanation for this improvement. Recent DNA sampling studies, performed as a part of the LIFE DINALP BEAR challenge throughout Slovenia’s southern mountains and forests and alongside the Adriatic coast, revealed a wholesome and rising inhabitants of those magnificent animals. Whereas bears stay a closely managed species in Europe and are nonetheless threatened by regimented, quota-style programs to regulate populations, that is broadly considered optimistic information.
Along with this, a brand new development in direction of “bear tourism” in Slovenia is now rising. The LIFE DINALP BEAR challenge is altering native mindsets and interesting stakeholders comparable to native looking associations, the forestry business and a variety of European tourism companions within the planning and implementation of a “bear tourism” mannequin.
The concept is to create a mannequin which is sustainable, instructional and has a optimistic impression on each nature and other people. Thus far, the challenge has assisted in growing a brand new bear hostel in partnership with the municipality of Kočevje, engaged and partnered with native forestry and looking associations who will “host” bear watching experiences, and are growing specialised wildlife watching hides.
“The probabilities of seeing bears in Kočevje are good, though with free-roaming animals there’s by no means a assure, clearly,” says Collier. “The world of improvement is a vital bear hall and the assist of native authorities and communities is important to take care of it.”