Activities

The Public Service Agency manages the Park as a public service, provided and partly financed by the founder. Within the framework of public service, the Agency performs several activities based on the Škocjan Caves Regional Park Act and the Decision Establishing the Škocjan Caves Park Public Service Agency.
These activities include maintenance, renovation and protection of monuments and sights in the area of the Park; continuous monitoring and analysis of the state of valuable natural features and cultural heritage in the Park; co-ordination of research tasks related to the Park and organisation of research work; participation in international projects; public presentation of the Park; execution and organisation of educational activities; preparation and maintenance of paths and signs in the Park; co-operation with the owners of individual monuments in the Park; provision of professional assistance and counselling; maintenance of cave infrastructure for cave visits and performance of guide services around the Park and caves; and Information Centre management.

The goals of Park's management are divided into several areas: (1) protection goals, (2) development goals, (3) wider goals, followed by the especially important (4) education goals and (5) monitoring goals. Protection goals include the goals of preserving valuable natural features, nature and the environment as well as cultural monuments and cultural heritage. Development goals include the goals related to the development of activities for the needs of local inhabitants, the Park's activities as well as visitors' and employees' safety. Wider goals cover the development of activities in the Park's area of influence.

  • Protection goals are goals dealing with the areas of nature protection, preservation of the cultural landscape and cultural heritage as well as management of cultural monuments. Nature protection goals can be defined as passive as they are concerned with the preservation of the existing situation. Active goals are goals related to environmental protection and preservation of the cultural landscape, certain plant and animal species and cultural monuments. These include agriculture, forestry and other activities by means of which cultural landscape and areas of settlement and cultural monuments are maintained.

  • Development goals are determined by valuable natural features and their protection, as well as by sustainable use of cultural heritage. In this respect, the most important are an adequate – sustainable tourist activity and recreation or its forms (independent, guided), types of recreation and places of implementation. Village development goals are based on the establishment and maintenance of sustainable economic, social and cultural development, preservation of agricultural activity within the Park and the promotion of investments into expanding tourist activities in villages.

  • Wider objectives deal with the limitation of sources of pollution and other intrusions into the environment that pose a risk or hazard for the environment in the area of influence of the Park, the adverse effects of which extend into the Park (industry, craft industry, agriculture, infrastructure, military structures and other devices as well as other activities having an adverse impact on the environment).

  • Education goals include the goals of employee education, education and awareness building of local inhabitants, voluntary nature protectionists, educators, domestic and foreign visitors as well as pupils and students.

  • Monitoring goals are concerned with the monitoring of the status both in the Škocjan caves system and on the Park's surface.