Local Development Center Pivka
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Local Development Center Pivka

Local Development Centre Pivka was established by the municipality of Pivka for development of entrepreneurship in the municipality, which is characterised by large and ecologically interesting natural areas. Pivka is located in the Inner-karst region, which is an underdeveloped region of Slovenia on the edge of Javorniki-Snežnik woods, one of the biggest forested regions in Europe. This area is also famous for rich wildlife and many intermittent lakes that appear in spring and autumn and are the basis for development of eco-tourism in the region. Most of the municipality falls under Natura 2000. Despite a major annual flow of tourists through the region, there are practically no small tourism businesses. Consequently, young people are still leaving the area, which has little other employment opportunities. There is also a growing fear that when development happens, it will bring mass tourism to areas that cannot support it (e.g. intermittent lakes).

LDC has capacity to directly influence regional and national policies. LCD manages the project “Park of Military History” that influences on national polices (creation of tourism centre and establishing cooperation between tourism and military industry). LDC has impact on tourism and small business development in the region. LDC closely cooperates with Regional Development Agency of Inner-kasr, significantly participates in regional project “ECO REGION” - supported by EU Regional Fund. As a result a new brand “GREEN KARST” was established for Inner-karst Region (unique natural and cultural landscape).

Till June 2011 there was one more region participating in the project – Veliko Tarnovo Municipality from Bulgaria.

International Year of Biodiversity 2010


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.