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10

Jun

PeaceWalk

A cross-border PeaceWalk



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30

May

Experience Heritage - Lifelong Learning Weeks 2024

Lifelong Learning Weeks 2024 – Experience Heritage: Educational workshops "Open your suitcase and explore the world of minerals" and "UNESCO Geopark - Green Classroom"



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20

May

HUMANITA partner Meeting in Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park

Last week, from 14 May to 17 May 2024, the partners of the HUMANITA - Interreg Central Europe project met in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park in Italy. 



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14

May

EUROPEAN GEOPARKS WEEK 2024 - GEOfestival 2024

GEOfestival 2024 So colourful and diverse is the Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke EUROPEAN GEOPARKS WEEK 2024 18th May to 22nd June 2024



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06

May

Encounters with Heritage

As part of the Lifelong Learning Weeks 2024, two educational workshops for all generations will take place under the title "Encounters with Heritage": "Open your suitcase and explore the world of minerals" und "UNESCO Geopark - Green Classroom".



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25

Apr

Global Geoparks Network contest

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Global Geoparks Network with us by joining our exciting competition!



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22

Apr

Climbing route closure

We would like to inform the guest of the Geopark Karawanken that the climbing routes Turkenkopf and Koschlak steig in Bad Eisenkappel are closed for timber cutting from today, 22.4., to Friday, 26.4.2024.



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17

Apr

Half Marathon Drau-Drava Run and Fun Run

Half Marathon Drau-Drava Run and Fun Run Lavamünd-Dravograd-Lavamünd within the framework of the INTERREG SI-AT project Drau-Drava Run on May 25, 2024, in Lavamünd.



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15

Apr

Distinguished visit from the EU Parliament in the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark

Distinguished visit from the EU Parliament in the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark - Members of the European Parliament, Andreas Schieder (A) and Matjaž Nemec (SLO), were impressed by the European success story of this cross-border geopark.



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12

Apr

Award ceremony of educational certificates of the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark - Educational Centre

Yesterday, during the ceremonial session on the occasion of the municipality holiday of Ravne na Koroškem, together with the president of the cross-border Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke, Mayor Dr. Tomaž Rožen, we awarded educational certificates "Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark - Educational Center Ravne na Koroškem"



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05

Apr

Visit of representatives of Slovenian regional development agencies in the Geopark Karavanke

In April 2024, we proudly hosted representatives of Slovenian Regional Development Agencies in our cross-border Geopark.



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20

Mar

Cross-Border Workshop With Stakeholders & Experts - Interreg Central Europe HUMANITA Project

A cross-border workshop with eight participants representing stakeholders from both Austria and Slovenia took place on 19th of March 2024 in Municipality of Sittersdorf. The group comprised members from diverse sectors including environmental agencies, cable car company, municipalities, tourist operators, tourism management organizations, and universities, each bringing invaluable expertise to the table, on how to collaborate to foster sustainable tourism and protect the natural environment.



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28

Feb



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22

Feb

Closing event of the Geopark Annual Topic 2023/2024 - INTERREG Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP

Yesterday, we successfully carried out the 2nd part of the educational workshop in the framework of the Geopark annual topic - WETLANDS - into nature with boots, which was carried out within the INTERREG Alpine Space project I-SWAMP



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13

Feb

Wetlands restoration actions in Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke – Interreg Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP

Within the I-SWAMP project, the Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke aims to contribute to the conservation of small alpine wetlands and to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands for nature and people. Therefore, we are implementing activities together with municipalities, volunteers, stakeholders and external expert to preserve these wetlands for the future.



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12

Feb

WEBINAR: Activities and outcomes of INTERREG Alpine Space project I-SWAMP

Are you interested in ecology, biodiversity and conservation? Intrigued by the fascinating wetland ecosystems in the Alps?



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04

Feb

Geopark at the Alpe Adria fair in Ljubljana

The Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark together with its partner Podzemlje Pece participated in the Alpe-Adria International Fair in Ljubljana between 31st January and 3rd of February 2024.



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22

Jan



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20

Dec

Market exploration INTERREG SI-AT GreenTour

With the enclosed document, we would like to invite you to submit a detailed offer within the framework of the INTERREG SI-AT project "GreenTour" for a quatation for "Equipment for visitor flow monitoring (Counters)".



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07

Dec

Biokovo–ImotskI Lakes Geopark

We were delighted to welcome representatives from the Biokovo-Imotski Lakes Geopark – Croatia for their study visit. The presentation, constructive debate, pleasant socializing, and shared interests resulted in improved cooperation and the signing of cooperation agreements between our organizations.



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01

Dec

26th Consultation of Slovenian Geologists

In the framework of the 26th Slovenian Geologists' Consultation which took place on December 1st 2023, we presented together with the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation the ongoing projects we are implementing in our Geopark: Humanita (INTERREG Central Europe), I-Swamp (INTERREG Alpine Space) and GreenTour (INTERREG SI-AT).



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28

Nov

European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism nomination

We are proud and delighted to announce that the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark, in its still young existence, was nominated for the "European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism" award this year.



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23

Oct

HUMANITA partner Meeting in Malá Fatra National Park - Slovakia

Hosted by the University of Žilina – our Interreg Central Europe project partners gathered in the heart of the National Park Malá Fatra. The Chleb area, one of the pilot sites, was the highlight of our visit. We witnessed the area's beauty and the impact of soil erosion on the trails.



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19

Oct

Geopark goes Green

The President of the Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. Tomaž Rožen, signed today at the Štatemberg Manor the contract on the co-funding of the new INTERREG SI-AT project with the acronym "GreenTour". With this project, the Geopark will set measurable objectives and clear impacts for future-oriented tourism development in this bilateral European area of the future over the next three years!



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18

Oct

Visit from Portugal in the framework of the ERASMUS project

Last week, we proudly hosted in our cross-border Geopark, a Secondary school of Freamunde, Paços de Ferreira, near Porto – working on an ERASMUS project "Approaching sustainable development through Geoparks".



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06

Oct

International Geodiversity Day

The Global Geoparks Network celebrates the International Geodiversity Day. We are proud to present the new GGN video specially made for International Geodiversity Day - 6th October 2023!



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03

Oct

Educational workshop in the framework of the Geopark annual topic - Interreg Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP

This school year, the Geopark Karavanke will continue to be "Fun, educational and no chore", especially with your help. In the school year 2023/24 we are launching a new Theme of the Geopark Karavanke: "Wetlands - into nature with boots".



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24

Sep

Seminar/course for stakeholders - Interreg Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP

We're delighted to share the highlights from our recent seminar held on September 24th, 2023, at the Smrekovec mountain alpine hut in the frame of the Interreg Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP.



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14

Sep

Presentation of the Interreg Central Europe project HUMANITA - 10th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in Morocco

Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark participated at 10th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks, which took place last week in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.



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15

Aug

WE NEED YOUR HELP - DONATION ACCOUNT - Storm in Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke

Almost 2 weeks ago, the 14 municipalities of the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark were hit by a devastating natural disaster. Heavy rain caused flooded houses, whole villages were flooded and covered with debris.  Numerous mudslides and landslides were also the result of this heavy rain. Many slopes are still in motion and endanger the living and economic space of the Geopark. People have lost their homes, businesses their economic existence, destroyed roads and bridges have severed important connections.



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13

Jul

Removal of invasive species at project sites in Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark

Within the framework of the project activities in the frame of Interreg Alpine Space Project I-SWAMP, the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark, together with an external expert E.C.O Institute of Ecology, started with the removal of invasive plant species (Solidago, bamboo, …) at project sites in the Municipality of Lavamünd and at the lake Pirkdorfer See.



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01

Jul

European Future Dialogues 2023 - "Implementing Europe's Green Deal across borders".

Yesterday we were allowed to present our activities on the European Green deal in the framework of the European Future Dialogues and share them with other cross-border regions from all over Europe.



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23

Jun

Opening of the viewing platform at Wildensteiner waterfall

The brand new viewing platform at the Wildensteiner waterfall is officially open. The famous excursion destination and natural jewel in the municipality of Gallizien in the Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark is absolutely worth seeing.



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02

Jun

GEOfestival 2023

In the last few days, several events took place on both sides of the border in the cross-border Karawanken-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark as part of the GEOfestival and the European Geoparks Week.



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02

Jun

Pupils impress with self-made animated films

A time machine as a cure for Kralj Matjaž's heartbreak? And what role does a rare stamp play in the emergence of Ante Pante's customs?



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26

May

Final event of the Geopark Annual Topic 2022/2023 - INTERREG Alpine Space Projekt I-SWAMP

Yesterday, at the Geopark Management Center in Tichoja, we successfully implemented the 2nd part of the educational workshop within the Geopark annual topic "NEOOHYTE - friend or foe?" 



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16

May

Educational workshop within the Geopark annual topic

As part of the Geopark Karawanken-Karavanke annual school topic "NEOPHYTE - enemies or friends?" an educational workshop for teachers and educators will take place on 25th of May 2023 at 14:00 pm at the Geopark Management Centre in Tichoja in the framework of the Interreg Alpine Space project I-SWAMP. 



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20

Apr

Kick-off Meeting of the Interreg Central Europe project HUMANITA in Bükk National Park in Hungary

Partners of the project met in Bükk National Park in Hungary on April 17th to 19th 2023 at the project’s kick-off meeting.



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28

Mar

Important visit in the visitor center Geo.Dom

Slovenian ministers Dr. Aleksander Jevšek and Matej Arčon visited the Karavanke-Karavanke UNESCO Global Geopark and gained an on-site impression of the successful developments so far.



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24

Feb

10 YEARS GEOPARK KARAWANKEN

10th anniversary celebration of the Geopark Karawanken among the well-wishers Minister Uroš Brežan, Governor Dr. Peter Kaiser, and Nikos Zouros, the President of the Global Geopark Network.



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11

Jan

Opening of the Geo.Dom and panoramic restaurant

Official opening of the Geo.Dom and panoramic restaurant "Oben" on 11.01.2023