Name of Project: Use of Electrical Vehicles at Secovlje Salt-Pans Nature Park (TP010)

Location: Secovlje Salina Nature Park (SSNP) Slovenia

This project is now available for funding, and its status is set out below. Please contact TICOS for more information about contributing to this project, quoting its reference number 'TP010' in all correspondence.

Project Status Table for TICOS Project TP010
Date verified by TICOS: 8 February 2008
TICOS funding request : 57,480 Euros
Project timescale: 7 years from receipt of funding
Additional sustainable development benefits:
  • Conservation of the rich and special biodiversity of the area.
  • Increase public awareness about the importance of environmentally friendly public transport in protected areas.
  • A special environmental education programme for school children.

Project Details

Secovlje salt-pans Nature Park was designated in 2001, by a decree issued by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The Park is recognised as a national area of outstanding natural and cultural value. The decree of the designation of the Nature Park states that maintenance of traditional salt production is essential to conserve the rich and special biodiversity of the area.

Salt, produced in Secovlje salt-pans, is grown and harvested on the same principles and methods as it was centuries ago. The local biodiversity has adapted to the presence of humans during the last few decades, producing an equilibrium of people and nature rarely seen in the modern world.

Visitors provide an important source of income for the Park. Due to specific geographic constraints and other factors, (and especially in order to encourage visitors to leave their vehicles outside the park boundaries) it is hoped that electric 'game watching vehicles' for visitors can be introduced.

Transportation for employees (mainly salt-workers) is even more problematic. There is no organised public transport network in the Park for workers. Due to the long walking distances to the salt-fields, the salters are coming to work using their own motor vehicles (mainly cars). The emissions from the employee's cars is very high and causes disturbance both for wildlife and the Park's visitors. In addition, this sets a bad example for raising visitor's awareness about the sustainable use of resources and protection of the Park.

The aim of the project is to make carbon savings and increase public awareness about the importance of environmentally friendly means of public transport in protected areas. This will be done by introducing electric vehicles for visitors at this prominent protected site in Slovenia and hopefully in the wider Mediterranean area.

Annual visitors to the Park are 1.5% of the total population of the nation. Almost all schools in Slovenia visit the SSNP at least once a year. A special programme, based on environmental education, will be prepared for the school children. One of their set tasks will be to review the carbon savings made through the introduction of electric public transport.