Ambassador profile


  Name: Špela Habic
  Function: Forest management assistant
  Country: Slovenia
  E-mail: spela.habic(at)
  Tel: +38 6 (0) 57000 618

Organisation profile


  Organisation: Slovenia Forest Service
  E-mail: zgs.tajnistvo(at)
  Tel: +38 6 (0) 14700 050
  Established: 1990-2005
  Category: Governmental Organisation
  Number of staff: Whole organization = 750; Regional unit = 58
Site profile
  Site name: Javorniki-Snežnik and Snežnik-Pivka (Javorniki-Snežnik)  
  Location: Dinaric Alps - SW Slovenia  
  Land area: 49,140 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: Postojna, Pivka, Ilirska Bistrica, Cerknica, Stari trg  
  Natura 2000 ID:
SI5000002 Snežnik-Pivka
SI3000231 Javorniki-Snežnik
SI3000232 Notranjski trikotnik
  www: None  
  Annual visitor count: 20,000  
  Majority of visitors from: Local, Slovenia, Italy  
  Site description:

Main part of the site is Dinaric high karts plateau with highest peak Snežnik (1796 m a.s.l.) rising above timber line. Forests are covering 86% of the area, beech and mixed fir-beech forest prevail. On the west lie Pivka valley with dry grasslands and intermediate karst lakes. The whole area is one of the biodiversity hot spots of Slovenia.



All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
  A223 Aegolius funereus koconogi cuk
  A412 Alectoris graeca saxatilis kotorna
  A255 Anthus campestris rjava cipa
  A091 Aquila chrysaetos planinski orel
  A104 Bonasa bonasia gozdni jereb
  A215 Bubo bubo velika uharica
  A224 Caprimulgus europaeus podhujka / ležetrudnik
  A080 Circaetus gallicus kacar
  A113 Coturnix coturnix prepelica
  A122 Crex crex kosec
  A103 Falco peregrinus sokol selec
  A078 Gyps fulvus beloglavi jastreb
  A338 Lanius collurio rjavi srakoper
  A246 Lullula arborea hribski škrjanec
  A280 Monitcoal saxatilis slegur
  A072 Pernis apivorus sršenar
  A241 Picoides tridactilus triprsti detel
  A234 Picus canus pivka / siva žolna
  A275 Saxicola rubetra repaljšcica
  A220 Strix uralensis kozaca / uralska sova
  A307 Sylvia nisoria pisana penica
  A108 Tetrao urogallus divji petelin
  A232 Upupa epops smrdokavra
  V_4089 Arabis scopoliana Scopolijev repnjak
  V_1308 Barbastella barbastellus širokouhi/mulasti netopir
  V_1078 Callimorpha quadripunctaria* crtasti medvedek*
  V_1352 Canis lupus* volk*
  V_4072 Cerastium dinaricum dinarska smiljka
  V_1065 Euphydryas aurinia travniški postavnež
  V_4019 Leptodirus hochenwarti drobnovratnik
  V_1060 Lycaena dispar mocvirski cekincek
  V_1361 Lynx lynx navadni ris
  V_1059 Maculinea teleius strašnicin mravljišcar
  V_1089 Morimus funereus bukov kozlicek
  V_1321 Myotis emarginatus vejcati netopir
  V_1186 Proteus anguinus* cloveška ribica*
  V_1087 Rosalia alpina* alpski kozlicek *
  V_1354 Ursus arctos* rjavi medved*
  V_1303 Rhinolophus hipposideros mali podkovnjak
  V_1167 Triturus carnifex veliki pupek
  V_1014 Vertigo angustior ozki vretenec
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  3180 * Turloughs
  3260 Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation
  4070 * Bushes with Pinus mugo and Rhododendron hirsutum (Mugo-Rhododendretum hirsuti)
  5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands
  6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands
  62A0 Eastern sub-Mediterraneandry grasslands (Scorzoneratalia villosae)
  6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  8120 Calcareous and calchist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii)
  8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation
  8310 Caves not open to the public
  9180 * Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines
  91K0 Illyrian Fagus sylvatica forests (Aremonio-Fagion)
  9410 Acidophilous Picea forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccinio-Picetea)
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Port authorities        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Public lectures about Natura 2000 and Life project

In cooperation with the regional Museum of Notranjska, several public lectures were organized presenting Natura 2000 sites and the Life project "Natura 2000 in Slovenia". Both were also presented at some experts meetings held in Notranjska region, elsewhere in Slovenia and abroad.


Placing 10 information boards on the field about Natura 2000 site - action of the project

Information boards were placed at ten different spots inside Natura 2000 site to inform visitors about the site and most important species/habitats protected within the Natura 2000 network. The number of species and habitats of community interest in these sites dictated boards with different contents, e.g. species and habitats of area above timber line, in forests, in caves, of dry grassland, of lakes and wet grassland.

Photo credit: Špela Habic
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Guided visits
Other: information boards on the field
Other: public presentations


  Event frequency
At least once per month


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Communication literature produced


  Communication target groups
General public
Local community
Site visitors


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Description of communication strategy

10 information boards were placed in the field with descriptions of the most interesting/endangered habitats and species. A brochure was produced with similar information.


  The communication materials are produced
By a project Life III - Nature


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity
The Slovenia Forest Service is a partner of the project Life-Natura 2000 in Slovenia - Management models and information system. The leading partner is the Institute of RS for Nature Conservation. The project takes place from 2005 to 2007.
Link to the official website of the project:


Site management profile
"Management of Natura 2000 incorporated into Slovenian forest management"
  Key site management issues:


Management of Natura 2000 sites in Slovenia was a key issue of the project Life-Natura 2000 in Slovenia Management models and information system. It was agreed that management should be incorporated into sector management (e.g. agriculture, forestry, hunting, water management..) which already exist (more or less). As a test site for the project, Javorniki-Snežnik, an existing forest management plan was supplemented with Natura 2000 issues - as an example.


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


One of the project activities was the elaboration of the management plan of the test site Javorniki-Snežnik. Since the joint management for agricultural land does not exist some guidelines and measures were proposed to achieve goals for species and habitats on meadows and grassland. It was established that it is very difficult for such vast and heterogeneous Natura 2000 sites to ensure favourable conservations status only through integration into management of sectors.


  Key site management objectives:


The forestry sector (i.e. Slovenian Forest Service) was engaged to search for possibilities to incorporate the management of Natura 2000 sites into existing forest management plans which could become management plans for forests in Natura 2000 sites/habitats/species.

Although Slovenian forestry has very exhaustive information system for all lasting already few decades, there is a lack of data on some species and habitats in forests. The legislation should be adapted, an information system as well as monitoring system should be adapted to Natura 2000 sites/habitats/species.


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Institute for Nature Conservation
  • Slovenia Forest Service
  • Notranjska Museum
  • Chamber for Agriculture and Forestry

  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


At several workshops and meetings of partners the key issues of the management plan for the test site were discussed. The objectives, guidelines and measures were defined.

It was very important to determine the management zones inside the test site due to the high number of species and habitats of community interest.


  Results of action and activities:


All partners agreed that cooperation is necessary to achieve better results on management of Natura 2000 sites. Integration of Natura 2000 issues into existing forestry and hunting management is possible and the most reasonable and cost efficient way. Due to the lack of management in the agricultural sector, a different approach is necessary.

Project contributed to basis of new legislation on Natura 2000 management in Slovenia.


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


No budget


  Budget reserved for communication:


No numbers available


  European funding:




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