Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si sl Spring Opening of Thalasso Spa Lepa Vida http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/thalasso-spa-lepa-vida-v-soboto-175-ponovno-odpira-vrata_2 Thalasso Spa Lepa Vida at the saltpans will be opened again on 17th May, 2014. Amids the saltpans you can indulge yourself with a variety of wellness and relaxations programms.In our Thalasso Spa Lepa Vida in the middle of the salt fields, we offer you the gifts of the sea which have a refreshing impact on the body, establish balance in the body, give it energy as well as nourish and regenerate the skin. You can choose from different treatments with natural products from the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Salt-pan mud and brine – “mother” water, salt, and sea water are the most important parts of the thalassotherapy at the salt pans. Of them, salt-pan mud and brine are recognized by the Ministry of Health as being natural healing substances. Where do our turtles disappear in summer? http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/where-do-our-turtles-disappear--in-summer The interim results of the monitoring of the population of the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis), which was done in the frame of the LIFE project MANSALT in Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, has provided interesting findings and opened up some new questions. Get to know Slovenian LIFE projects http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/get-to-know-slovenian-life-projects There are nine ongoing projects in Slovenia. Seven projects fall under the LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity component. These projects focus on the conservation/management/restoration of habitats (freshwater wetlands, the Natura 2000 site of Sečovlje salina, the Ljubljanica River corridor and the lower Drava river) and species (nocturnal animals such as moths and bats, Mediterranean shag, wolf). Two projects aim to disseminate information and raise the profile of environmental issues (project Rebirth is seeking to increase and improve the recycling of industrial and construction/demolition waste for use in the construction sector whereas the project Aquaviva aims at improving public awareness in Slovenia about the importance of protecting and conserving freshwater ecosystems). New Entry Fees http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/nove-cene-v-kpss_2 By 1.1.2014, the predicted change of Park's entrance fee and guided tours of the Park. More about the new prices can be found on page Entry Fees! LIFE MANSALT year 2013 http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-mansalt-year-2013 End of the year is the time to evaluate results and achievements. LIFE MANSALT Team is proud to tell that the project run smoothly in the year 2013 and in line with the project goals and time lines. New issue of the Solni cvet newsletter http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/nova-stevilka-glasila-solni-cvet_2 The last issue of the Solni cvet newsletter in 2013 has been released. We wish you all the best in 2014! http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/srecno-2014_2 Wishing you a joyous Holidays and a Succesful and Satisfying New Year 2014! Environmentally-friendly transport in the Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/environmentally-friendly-transport-in-the-park Within the framework of the work package entitled "Sustainable management: parks as examples of good practice«, a study on environmentally-friendly transport was implemented during the project duration in Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. From the visitors we wished to get their opinion about the reasonableness and utility of electric vehicles for transportation through the Park. We purchased two Elefteria electric bikes, which could be used by the visitors at Lera free of charge. After the tests, they were kindly requested to fill in a questionnaire. Visitation trend in Sečovlje Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/-visitation-trend-in-secovlje-nature-park This trend can be defined as direction into which the people's spare time habits are moving. Trend is the basic direction, presenting the effect of factors that work on the long run. 8 professional conference - Review of the management of Natura 2000 sites http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/8-professional-conference---review-of-the-management-of-natura-2 On Nov.13th the 8.professional conference - Review of the management of Natura 2000 sites was organized by the Institute for Nature Conservation. European pond turtle is getting a new home in the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/european-pond-turtle-is-getting-a-new-home-in-the-secovlje-salin In the framework of the project LIFE Mansalt attention is also focused to provide favorable ecological status for the preservation and existence of the European pond turtle, the only European freshwater turtle. Research carried out by experts in the area of the Korea wetlands at the former coal mine Sicciole have confirmed that there this is a major area for endangered species in the country. At the same time, it was found that the extent and depth of the water in this wetland is reducing and that the area is being overgrown. Welcome to nature http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/welcome-to-nature In the period 2010-2013 nine parks – four from Slovenia and five from Italy – have designed and implemented a range of activities in the framework of the Climaparks project. This publication presents part of research results and the solutions tested through pilot projects. Besides our professional work, we have also made a lot of interesting presentations and programmes for visitors. Visit all project partners and learn more about our activities. For more information, please go to www.climaparks.eu. Enjoy your tour of nature parks! Monitoring of fauna in areas Adriawet2000 http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/monitoring-of-fauna-in-areas-adriawet2000 In the framework of the LIFE Project at 10/25/2013 in Fiumicello in Italy we participated in the conference "Monitoring of fauna in areas Adriawet2000". KPSS is not a partner of this project, but due to the issue at the event we exhibit the rollups representing Project LIFE MANSALT. Collection of scientific and professional papers ofthe project Climaparks http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/collection-of-scientific-and-professional-papers-ofthe-project-c Presented here is a collection of scientific and professional papers based on the research activities conducted in the scope of the project Climaparks – Climate Change and Management of Protected Areas. Nine protected areas from Slovenia and Italy have worked together on this project for over three and a half years. As the project title implies, Climaparks was not solely a research project. Final conference of the strategic project Climaparks http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/final-conference-of-the-strategic-project-climaparks In the Friday, 18.10.2013 in Portorož ended a three-day gathering of the partners of the strategic project ClimaParks. On Wednesday 10/16/2013 in the visitor center at Lera (KPSS) held a meeting of partners, one day later (17/10/2013) in the Emerald room of GH Bernardin held the final conference, which was attended by about 100 participants and 13 speakers. The Friday, 10/18/2013, the project partners interacting at the final boat trip Laho. New, festive issue of the newsletter Solni cvet http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/new-festive-issue-of-the-newsletter-solni-cvet The new issue of the newsletter Solni cvet was released on occasion of the feast of Municipality of Piran. LIFE MANSALT presentation in Cervia – Sapore di Sale http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-mansalt-presentation-in-cervia--sapore-di-sale Delta del Po Regional Park Emilia Romagna organised and event Sapore di Sale between 6th – 8th September 2013 in Cervia. Monitoring visit of LIFE+ MANSALT project http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/monitoring-visit-of-life-mansalt-project Dr. Mitja Kaligarič, representative of LIFE Monitoring Team visited Sečovlje Salina Nature Park on 5th of September. Invitation to the final conference of the project climaparks http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/invitation-to-the-final-conference-of-the-project-climaparks We invite you to the final conference of the strategic project CLIMAPARKS, which will be held on Thursday 17th October 2013 in the Emerald Hall at Hotel Bernardin, where we will present the results of our project. Reconstruction of the Jernej Channel – Important milestone reached http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/reconstruction-of-the-jernej-channel--important-milestone-reache Reconstruction of the left embankment of the Jernej Channel is an important contribution towards reaching the overall goal of the LIFE MANSALT project: securing favorable ecological status for target habitats and species in the Secovlje Salina Nature Park. August Issue of Solni cvet newsletter is out http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/august-issue-of-solni-cvet-newsletter-is-out We are happy to present you the second 'summer' issue of the newsletter Solni cvet. New issue of Solni cvet newsletter http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/new-issue-of-solni-cvet-newsletter Solni cvet is not resting during these hot summer days. Salt pans and LIFE MANSALT in the European Parliament in Brussels http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/salt-pans-and-life-mansalt-in-the-european-parliament-in-brussel On Tuesday, 28th May Sečovlje Salina Nature Park and LIFE MANSALT project were presented at the exhibition in the European Parliament opened by the Slovene Member of the European Parliament, dr. Romana Jordan. The exhibiton was attended by 60 people (members of EP, ambassador, other guests). The main purpose of the exhibition was to present this unique piece of rich biodiversity and cultural heritage and at the same time to highlight the importance of European projects, like the ongoing LIFE MANSALT project for Natura 2000 sites. At this occasion we also presented to the guests the trailer of the upcoming film LIFE – High Life. Visit of EU members of the Parliament in the park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/vip/visit-of-eu-members-of-the-parliament-in-the-park Yesterday a group of members of the European Parliament from Germany, Estonia and Great Britain, accompanied by the Slovene member of the European Parliament Mojca Kleva Kekuš, visited the park. We presented them the protected area, its management model and the ongoing EU projects. During the meeting we raised the issue of park’s management authority legal status when applying for EU funds. The company SOLINE is a private company managing a state park, performing a public service of nature conservation and therefore has limited possibilities for EU funding because of its profitability. Adriatic East Coast http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/adriatic-east-coast Summer, sun and seas of azure blue: most people think of a holiday on the beach when they hear the words East Adriatic Coast. The EuroNatur guide “East Adriatic Coast” shows impressively that the region has a great deal more to offer. Press Conference LIFE reconstruction works in the St. Bartholomew channel and presentation of new floating excavator http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/press-conference-life-reconstruction-works-in-the-st-bartholomew On Tuesday, 05/02/2013 at 10.00 we invite you to join us at the press conference in the framework of the project LIFE MANSALT - Man and Nature in Sečovlje salt pans. The press conference will take place in the visitors center of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. At the event we will present the progress of the project, reconstruction works in the St. Bartholomew channel and show you the new floating excavator purchased within the project. Movements of the shag Šime in October http://www.kpss.si/en/news//movements-of-the-shag-sime-in-october A little less than two months have passed since two Mediterranean Shags, named Ari and Šime, were equipped with GPS telemetry devices. This time we present the map of Šime ‘s movements in October. Unfortunately, the young individual Ari died soon after it was equipped with the device. Guidelines for conservation of target habitats in the Natura 2000 area – channel Sv. Jernej http://www.kpss.si/en/news//guidelines-for-conservation-of-target-habitats-in-the-natura-200 Guidelines for conservation of target habitats (river estuary, Spartina stands) in the Natura 2000 area – channel Sv. Jernej are intended to provide advice in the process of planning of technical works in this channel. Action plan for the period 2012-2022 for three target breeding bird species http://www.kpss.si/en/news//action-plan-for-the-period-2012-2022-for-three-target-breeding-b Action plan for the period 2012-2022 for three target breeding bird species in the project LIFE MANSALT (Kentish Plover, Little and Common Tern) has been elaborated as one of the deliverables of the project. Best LIFE Nature Projects 2011 http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/best-life-nature-projects-2011 The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission's LIFE Nature Unit have announced the Best LIFE Nature Projects 2011. Mr. Milan Zver, member of the EP, visited the park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/vip/mr-milan-zver-member-of-the-ep-visited-the-park On 16.11.2012 the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park hosted Mr. Milan Zver, MEP and his wife. We presented the area's most precious natural and cultural heritage, and the results of ongoing works of the project LIFE + MANSALT. LIFE workshops going on http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-workshops-going-on Last week we visited two kindergartens, one in Sveti Peter and the other in Sečovlje. 60 children were very interested to find out what is the salt-pans environment like. In addition to the presentations of salt production strong emphasis was put on the animals and plants that are dependent on salty environment. EUROPARC Federation Conference, Genk, 22.- 25.10.2012 http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/europarc-federation-conference-genk-22--25102012 Theme Re-connect (nature-nature, people-nature, companies-biodiversity, policy-practice). This year’s conference and annual assembly of EUROPARC Federation was held in Genk, Belgium, between 22.-25.October. The conference theme was ''Re-connect'' (nature-nature, people-nature, companies-biodiversity, policy-practice). LIFE brochures http://www.kpss.si/en/news//life-zgibanke The project LIFE MANSALT presents LIFE brochures in five languages ​​mutations. LIFE tender for the supply of materials and construction of the left embankment along the Jernej channel http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-razpis-za-dobavo-materiala-in-izgradnjo-nasipa-ob-levem On the Public Tender Portal under the serial number JN11517/2012 we have posted a public tender for the supply of materials and construction of the left embankment along Jernej channel. The call consists of 7 lots. Providers can apply for one or more lots at the same time. SOLNI CVET – new issue of the newsletter http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/solni-cvet--new-issue-of-the-newsletter A new issue of the Newsletter Solni cvet is available. 8.000 copies were delivered to the households of the municipality of Piran. Conservation status of Spartina swards community in Jernej channel slightly worse http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/conservation-status-of-spartina-swards-community-in-jernej-chann Spartina swards form a community that is only found in our country at specific sites along the seashore. It is highly endangered species and therefore inserted on the Annex to the EU Habitats Directive. Special attention and protection of this species is an obligation for all EU Member States. Visit at the PENEDA - GERES National Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/visit-at-the-peneda---geres-national-park-portugal Within the Climparks project the partners had the opportunity to participate to the second study trip provided by the project. The selected destination, after the Lake District National Park last year, was Portugal and more specifically the National Park of Peneda-Gerês, the first and only National Park in Portugal. SOLNI CVET – new issue of the newsletter http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/solni-cvet--nova-stevilka New issue of the Newsletter Solni cvet is available. 8.000 copies were delivered to the households of the municipality of Piran. Monitoring visit of the LIFE MANSALT project area http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/monitoring--visit-of-the-life-mansalt--project-area- On Tuesday, 19.09.2012, the representative of the LIFE External monitoring team visited the project area. The beneficiary presented the progress of the project actions to the monitor and demonstrated the ongoing field activities. Children from Lucija Elementary school Lucia on LIFE workshop http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/children-from-lucija-elementary-school-lucia-on-life-workshop On Tuesday, 11.09.2012 children from Lucija Elementary school participated at the LIFE workshop. Through the activity of 'building a wall' and producing nesting islets and controlling water inflow they have learned how important is the water regime to ensure that plant and animal species can survive and reproduce. Professor. Dr. Stjepko Golubič visited the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/vip/professor-dr-stjepko-golubic-visiting-the-kpss On Friday, 13 July 2012, the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park visited world-renowned expert Professor. Dr. Stjepko Golubic of Boston University in the USA. Romana Jordan, Member of European Parliament, visited the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/secoveljske-soline-obiskala-slovenska-poslanka-v-evropskem-p Friday, 22.6.2012 dr. Romana Jordan, Member of European Parliament, visited the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the implementation of LIFE MANSALT project. Further discussion was based on the future of the EU financial instrument for the environment and climate protection (continuation of LIFE+) for the period 2014-2020. We were pleased to show the results of the conservation actions already undertaken during the boat trip and guided tour. LIFE workshop at Nursery school Ledina http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-workshop-at-nursery-school-ledina On Wednesday, 30th May we visited the Nursery school Ledina. 126 children learned that Secovlje Salina Nature Park is home to many interesting birds and other animals and plants that are adapted to this special, salty world. Ministry of agriculture and environment has issued a new LIFE brochure http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/ministry-of-agriculture-and-environment-has-issued-a-new-life-br The new brochure presents all the ongoing and already finished LIFE projects in Slovenia at the occasion of LIFE 20th Anniversary. LIFE Event at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-event-at-the-ministry-of-agriculture-and-the-environment- On the Friday, 18th May the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment organized a meeting to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the European LIFE program and the Habitats Directive. SSNP CELEBRATES LIFE 20th ANNIVERSARY http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/praznovanje-20-obletnice-life-programa-v-kpss On the occasion of the LIFE 20th anniversary, yesterday, SSNP organized children's workshops and a press conference. The workshops were attended by 60 children from local schools who create paper birds (Black-winged Stilts) and adorned canvas bags with LIFE motifs. 10th SALTERS FEAST http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/10th-salters-feast The past weekend was very busy in Salina . In the frame of 10th Salters feats Saturday morning children's workshops were organised in the afternoon our colleague Iztok Škornik presented his new book entitled Ecological and faunistic review of birds in Secovlje Salina. In the evening we gathered at the opening of the exhibition of paintings and poetry prepared by Ubald Trnkoczy and Vinko Moderndofer. ART CONTEST - Awards and honors http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/art-contest---awards-and-honors In April, we sent an invitation to participate in the art contest to all coastal maternity schools and elementary schools. The themes of the contest were two: the first was related to the salt, the other to LIFE project and nature. LIFE workshops at 10th Salters feast http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-workshops-at-10th-salters-feast Saturday 21.4. and Sunday 22.4. we organised LIFE workshops for children in the frame of 10th Salters feast . Children were very creative and they made their own birds, they painted on textile and decorated salt bags with motifs from park's nature and salt making. LIFE workshops at the 10th Salters feast http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-delavnice-na-10-solinarskem-prazniku Join us at the workshops organised in the occasion of the 10th Salters feast Saturday, 21.4. and Sunday, 22.4. in the Visitors' center in Lera between 10.00 and 13.00. The workshops are suitable for children from 4-10 years. For more information please contact us at: barbara.sovinc@soline.si The conference 'Opportunities of Environment and Climate' http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/posvet-priloznosti-okolja-in-podnebja Monday, 26th March we attended a conference 'Opportunities of Environment and Climate'' - establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE), organized by the MEP Dr. Romana Jordan in Ljubljana. Cveto Marsič donates the second painting to the company SOLINE http://www.kpss.si/en/news/notices/cveto-marsic-donates-the-second-painting-to-the-company-soline Cveto Marsič has used the studio in the Salina (renovated house along the Drnica channel) for his artistic work for the last two years. The artists donates one of his art works every year to the company SOLINE and in this way enriches the permanent art collection of the company. This year's work is the second one, the first is permanently exhibited in our shop in Portorož (Solni cvet) We are presenting the fourth LIFE poster http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/we-are-presenting-the-fourth-life-poster We have prepared the last poster in the series of four, which presents nature in SSNP between March and May. All those who wish the poster to be sent to their home addresses, please send a mail to barbara.sovinc@soline.si. The senders of the first ten mails will receive the poster free of charge at their homes. Presentation of the ClimaParks Project http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/predstavitev-projekta-climaparks-v-kpss Since yesterday in the multimedia center (MMC) of the Sečovlje Salina Natural Park at Lera the presentation of the project ClimaParks is available for visitors. Leaflet LIFE in foreign langauges http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/leaflet-life-in-foreign-langauges Visitors of the SSNP are invited to learn more about project LIFE MANSALT through the leaflets in foreign langauges. Leaflets are also available in printed form. WebCam on Lera http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/webcam-on-lera Since today at Lera started broadcasting live images to the Internet is one of the Skyline webcam. LIFE workshop in the Public Preschool Morje http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/delavnice-life-v-vrtcu-morje Today we carried out the first workshop for preschool children in the Public Preschool Morje in Lucija. After the presentation of species and habitats that are protected through the LIFE project children created their own paper-made Black-winged Stilt. Through the workshop activities children realized the importance of preserving wetland habitats for various flora and fauna species and their role in providing water for humans. New issue of the council's periodical ''Solni cvet'' (the Flower of salt) and the third LIFE poster is out! http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/new-issue-of-the-councils-periodical-solni-cvet-the-flower-o On page 32 of this issue, you can again read an article on the LIFE MANSALT project. We wish you a pleasant reading! We have prepared the third poster in the series of four, which presents nature in SSNP between December and February. All those who wish the poster to be sent to their home addresses, please send a mail to barbara.sovinc@soline.si. The senders of the first ten mails will receive the poster free of charge at their homes. Info point CLIMAPARKS in Visitor Centre MMC http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/info-point-climaparaks-in-visitor-ventre-mmc Within the framework of the project CLIMAPARKS we set up in Visitor Centre MMC at Lera the "Info Point" where visitors can read all about the project and climate change. The first conference of the CLIMAPARKS project http://www.kpss.si/en/news/climaparks/the-first-conference-of-the-climaparks-project On Thursday, 24 November 2011, the first conference of the CLIMAPARKS Project titled Protected Areas Facing Climate Change will be held in the Municipal Council Hall in Venzone, Italy. Raziskava sredozemskega vranjeka v Sloveniji - Simarine Natura (LIFE) http://www.kpss.si/en/news/projects/raziskava-sredozemskega-vranjeka-v-sloveniji--simarine-natur Na DOPPS-u so 1. septembra začeli izvajati projekt Life+ z naslovom »Preparatory inventory and activities for the designation of marine IBAs and SPAs for Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii in Slovenia« (Raziskava in aktivnosti za razglasitev morskih IBA-jev in SPA-jev za sredozemskega vranjeka Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii v Sloveniji). European Commission visited the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/european-commission-visited-the-secovlje-salina-nature-park On Wednesday, 19.10.2011 the representatives of the European Commission visited the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. The visit was dedicated to see the progress achieved during the first year of running the LIFE MANSALT project. 13th MEDMARAVIS Pan-Medietarranean Symposium http://www.kpss.si/en/news/nature-conservationist-monitoring/13th-medmaravis-panmedietarranean-symposium Od 13.10.2011 do 18.10.2011 je v Algheru na Sardiniji potekal vsesredozemski simpozij (13th MEDMARAVIS Pan-Medietarranean Symposium), ki ga je organizirala mednarodna organizacija MEDMARAVIS (Mediterranean Marine Bird Association), katere član sveta in predstavnik RS je tudi I. Škornik. We are presenting the 2nd poster to you http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/we-are-presenting-the-2nd-poster-to-you We have prepared the 2nd poster in the series of 4, which presents nature in SSNP between September and November. All those who wish the poster to be sent to their home addresses, please send a mail to barbara.sovinc@soline.si. The senders of the first ten mails will receive the poster free of charge at their homes. Edge channels protect terns against land predators http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/edge-channels-protect-terns-against-land-predators Within the LIFE+ MANSALT project, the so-called edge channels that run along the borders of salt fields filled with seawater have been dug at Fontanigge. New issue of the council's periodical ''Solni cvet'' (the Flower of salt) is out http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/new-issue-of-the-councils-periodical-solni-cvet-the-flower-of-sa On page 26 of this issue, you can again read an article on the LIFE project and nature conservation. We wish you a pleasant reading! The activities carried out within the LIFE+ project bring new cognitions about the salina birds. http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-activities-carried-out-within-the-life-project-bring-new-cog Within the framework of monitoring the successfulness of activities carried out within the LIFE+ project, separate individuals of the characteristic salina birds, such as stilts, terns and plovers, have been marked with aluminium and colour rings. Reality show in SSNP http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/reality-show-in-ssnp While reading the title of this chapter, some people might have become slightly confused … Is it possible that the people managing the Park have totally forgotten about the ecologically acceptable ethics and morals and succumbed to the unhealthy patterns of the western civilization? Works on the reconstruction of the embankment along the Drnica are in full progress http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/works-on-the-reconstruction-of-the-embankment-along-the-drnica-a Within the LIFE+ MANSALT project, the embankment along the Drnica is being reconstructed. It will be made of stone, while its main role will be to protect the southern part of Fontanigge against uncontrollable flooding by water that can come either from the Drnica and Dragonja catchment (as was the case during the last floods in September 2009) or from the sea (disastrously high tides in December 2008). A demanding reconstruction of sea defence walls between the salt-pans and the sea http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/a-demanding-reconstruction-of-sea-defence-walls-between-the-salt Within the LIFE+ MANSALT project, works on the reconstruction of sea defence walls, which separate the pans from the sea, are also taking place. These walls are in a very bad state; their separate sections were built prior to World War II and have never been thoroughly repaired since then. The first action within the life project's framework concluded http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-first-action-within-the-life-projects-framework-concluded In the last few days, the first of the nature conservancy activities, earmarked to provide for a thorough control over the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park's water regime, was concluded successfully within the LIFE+ MANSALT project. Clay Terns for "adoption" http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/clay-terns--for-adoption The workshops, prepared within the project, plan also the '' adoption '' of a Tern. The first leaflet of the LIFE MANSALT project http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-first-leaflet-of-the-life-mansalt-project Within the LIFE project, the first leaflet was published and for the first time presented on May 25th, 2011, within the Green Week 2011 framework at the workshops held in SSNP and the stands of the European Commission’s representatives in the centre of Ljubljana. The leaflet presents, in a condensed and well transparent manner, the project’s key activities, its contribution to the conservation of biodiversity in SSNP, as well as its significance for the local community’s development in this Natura 2000 area. First Poster http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/first-poster The first poster from the series of 4, which will present nature through all four seasons in Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, was issued recently. Now we know where terns are nesting http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/now-we-know-where-terns-are-nesting Within the framework of LIFE workshops, primary school groups become acquainted with the mutual connectedness and dependence of species and their habitats in SSNP. LIFE workshops begin with guided tours across the park, where children learn about the basic characteristics of the salina ecosystem, particularly about the significance of the controlled water regime. Presentation of the project in Ljubljana http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/presentation-of-the-project-in-ljubljana On Wednesday, May 25th, the LIFE MANSALT project was presented at a stand in the centre of Ljubljana on the invitation by the representatives of the European Commission in Slovenia within the Green Week 2011. Roger Crofts’ visit to SSNP http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/roger-crofts-visit-to-ssnp On Friday, May 6th, Sečovlje Salina Nature Park was visited by Roger Crofts, former President of the Protected Areas Commission within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Presentation of the initiative to lengthen the airport runway http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/presentation-of-the-initiative-to-lengthen-the-airport-runway At the end of April, the Spatial Planning Directorate at the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning presented a supplemented initiative within the national spatial plan for Portorož Airport, the investor of which is the Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Directorate. The MANSALT project on Earth Day http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-mansalt-project-on-earth-day On Earth Day April 22nd, the MANSALT – Man and Nature in Sečovlje Salina project was presented at a workshop held in Tržič Primary School. After several decades, the Grande Channel protects again the stone wall http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/after-several-decades-the-grande-channel-protects-again-the-ston Some years ago, a large part of the stone wall along the left bank of the Drnica Channel was washed away by high waters. New issue of the council's periodical ''Solni cvet'' (the flower of salt) is out http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/new-issue-of-the-councils-periodical-solni-cvet-the-flower-of-sa On page 24 of this issue, you can read an article on the LIFE project and nature conservation. We wish you a pleasant reading! Workshops held in Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/workshops-held-in-secovlje-salina-nature-park Within the framework of the project LIFE MANSALT – Man and Nature in Sečovlje Salina, workshops for school groups are organised in SSNP. The main objective of LIFE + MANSALT project is to conserve biodiversity in SSNP. Public awareness raising workshops http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/public-awareness-raising-workshops Within the LIFE project 80 workshops are to be organised, at which not only the special features of the area’s biodiversity will be presented, but also the purpose of the LIFE project as well as the advantages and significance of the Natura 2000 network for the conservation of species and habitats according to the conservation and sustainable use principle, which enables people and the living world to live in harmony. Implementation of implicit sanation work for habitat conservation http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/implementation-of-implicit-sanation-work-for-habitat-conservatio The impacts of the September 2010 floods in the Dragonja Valley are well visible in SSNP as well. 7 million Euros for the preservation of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/7-million-euros-for-the-preservation-of-secovlje-salina-nature-p Seča, November 19th, 2010 – The firm SOLINE Pridelava soli d.o.o. present the »MANSALT – Man and Nature in Sečovlje Salina« project, designed for long-term biodiversity conservation of in the area of the Sečovlje pans. Grain by grain, the hen fills her belly! http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/grain-by-grain-the-hen-fills-her-belly SSNP is an area with well emphasized lasting interlacement of man with nature, which no doubt has high ecological, biotic and landscape qualities. SSNP is therefore a nature park as well as part of Natura 2000 areas, which link the areas of nature conservation in the EU that were formed in order to provide for survival of the most precious European plant and animal species and habitats. As the salt-pans were co-created by man, he is also obliged to maintain them regularly. The reconstruction of emankments within the LIFE project has been earmarked for providing control over the water regime that is essential for the pans’ living world. At the same time, all works must be implemented in the traditional manner which, of course, enables the area’s landscape characteristics to be preserved as well. Within the project’s framework, the employed have cleared a plot of land on the edge of the park, where they carve stone that is to be built into the ancient walls along the channels. The LIFE project provides for a new life for the local population http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-life-project-provides-for-a-new-life-for-the-local-populatio Starting with October 1st, 2010, 21 new workers, mostly local construction workers, were employed within the LIFE project framework. In the ensuing five years of the project’s actual duration, they will participate in major reconstruction jobs on the embankments, with which a control over the salina’s water regime will be ensured. It has started! http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/it-has-started In Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (hereinafter referred to as “SSNP”), the first implementation work planned within the LIFE project framework began on the embankments. According to the planning phase, which includes additional training of the employees and the carried out implementation work, the Soline d.o.o.’s workers are currently constructing a rock sea-wall, which will protect the stone wall at Picia, in the area that boasts great diversity of species and habitats at Lera. European funds for Sečovlje Salina Nature Park http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/european-funds-for-secovlje-salina-nature-park At the end of 2009, the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park applied for a project within the EU’s LIFE + nature and biodiversity call for proposals. The five-year project entitled “Man and Nature in Sečovlje Salina” was eventually confirmed by the European Union, and the project designed to conserve biodiversity in the area of Sečovlje salt-pans began to be implemented on October 1st, 2010. The terns' nest-site inundated with seawater http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-terns-nest-site-inundated-with-seawater Yesterday, seawater was let in between the artifical islands for the breeding terns. Nest-site for terns http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/nest-site-for-terns The Sečovelje salt-pans are the only known breeding site of the Little Tern in Slovenia. Postcard and calendar for the Park's visitors http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/postcard-and-calendar-for-the-parks-visitors A postcard and a calendar have been issued within the LIFE project. Concluding works at the terns' nest-site http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/concluding-works-at-the-terns-nest-site These days, final works are being carried out at the sandy nest-sites for terns at Picca. Monitoring of the species http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/monitoring-of-the-species In 2005, we began to monitor the abundance of certain species in the Park. Reconstruction of the levee at Picca http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/reconstruction-of-the-levee-at-picca The most demanding operation carried out within the LIFE project framework has been the reconstruction of the inner levee at Picca. Purchase of machinery http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/purchase-of-machinery With the means of the LIFE project, two vehicles as well as a motocultivator and hydraulic dredger arm have been purchased. The terns' LIFE nest-site completed http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/the-terns-life-nest-site-completed Today, the employees of SOLINE Salt Production, d.o.o., concluded the works at the terns' nest-site. LIFE sluice gate http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/life-sluice-gate Apart from border ditches, a sluice gate has been built at the end of the Pichetto channel. Sečovlje Salina Nature Park's management plan http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/secovlje-salina-nature-parks-management-plan Within the LIFE project framework, a 10-year management plan for the Park is being also prepared. Visitor Centre http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/visitor-centre The former workshops along the Park's administrative building at Lera are being currently turned into the Park's Visitor Centre. Visitor Centre at Lera Projection Hall A projection hall with 90 seats, also suitable for presentations and lectures, has been opened in one of the building's larger rooms. In the adjacent part of the building, sanitary facilities as well as drink dispenser are available to the visitors, while the larger room in the back part of the building will be turned into an attractive multimedia room by this summer. Mowing of levees and grasslands http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/mowing-of-levees-and-grasslands In the winter of 2003/2004, most of the levees along the main salt-pans' channels were mown after more than a decade. Building and maintenance of border ditches at Fontanigge http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/building-and-maintenance-of-border-ditches-at-fontanigge These ditches, which once upon a time already ran along the borders of the Sečovlje salt-fields, will prevent land animals (e.g. martens and cats) to reach the nests of salt-pan birds on the little islands in the middle of salt-fields. Sanation of transverse levees in evaporation basisns at Lera http://www.kpss.si/en/news/life/sanation-of-transverse-levees-in-evaporation-basisns-at-lera The sanation is carried out with a small working machine; the reconstructed levees are made entirely of earth material.