Green models

Slovenia is not complacent about its wealth of natural greenery. In an era of unavoidable climate change, it has systematically focused on forms of tourism that minimise the impact on the environment. The green, ecological, sustainable and responsible tourism being developed by Slovenia encompasses all aspects of sustainable development.
This type of tourism is becoming a reality in Slovenia. You can learn more about good practices.

European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN)

Slovenia participates in the European Commission’s European Destinations of Excellence project. The key feature of the selected destinations is their commitment to social, cultural and environmental sustainability. So far two such destinations have been selected in Slovenia:
- 2008 - Soča Valley: draws visitors to experience the emerald-green river, and hiking in the nearby mountains and along First World War battlefronts.
The other finalists in this year were the Idrija Lace Festival and Kranj’s Prešeren Fair.

- 2009 - Solčavsko (eng) : an area covering three beautiful Alpine valleys: Logarska, Robanov Kot and Matkov Kot. The mountain farms of Solčavsko offer superb local food.
The other finalists in this year were the regions of Tolmin and Kobarid (Land of Living Water) and Kozjansko Park.

- 2010 - Kolpa.

- 2011 - Idrija

The daisy logo

The daisy logo is the European Union’s official symbol for environment-friendly tourist accommodation. Companies with this logo endeavour to reduce air pollution, to conserve energy and other natural resources, to reduce pollution of the environment and their surroundings (they renounce the use of pesticides and fertilisers), and to use organic produce in their food services.

The first tour operator in Slovenia to carry the daisy logo was Terme Snovik.

The blue flag

The blue flag programme requires a systematic approach from operators and the local authorities to enforce stricter standards for beaches and marinas. This is a gradual process of constant improvements to offer guests the very best while consistently respecting the environment.

In 2011 9 blue flags were awarded, 7 to beaches and 2 to marinas.

- Portorož Central
- Talaso Strunjan
- Simonov Zaliv
- Debeli Rtič Youth Health and Holiday Centre
- Šobčev Bajer
- Castle Beach, Infrastruktura Bled d.o.o.
- Meduza

- Portorož Marina
- Izola Marina, Porting d.o.o.

Green models

Good practice in green behaviour, green conservation, green promotion and innovative green services in tourism is assessed by the Slovenian Tourist Board.

Three finalists were chosen in 2009:

- Adrenalinček – EKO kamp Korita: a campsite with small, environment-friendly cabins, classed as an open-air hostel

- Bohinj Park EKO hotel: an eco-hotel with an environment-friendly construction and the latest energy-saving technology

- Terme Snovik: further evidence of the right choice having been made came in the form of other environmental awards, such as the ISO 14001, the EU daisy logo, a CIPRA award and an award for the most energy-efficient company of 2008

Other good practice

More than a third of Slovenia is included in Europe’s Natura 2000 network of protected areas. Green tourism is also being put into practice at Slovenia’s only national park, at three regional parks and almost 45 landscape parks. Separately protected are tens of smaller areas that have been proclaimed natural monuments.

Beekeeping, a part of the natural and cultural heritage, is very important to Slovenia. The Carniolan honeybee is indigenous to Slovenia, and is now the second-most widespread sub-species in the world. The bee is protected in Slovenia, currently the only European Union country to do so.

Your role

People in different parts of the world look at green tourism slightly differently. If it seems to you that your Slovenian hosts are not doing enough for green tourism, or you have any better suggestions, please come forward with them. They will be grateful for any advice. You too play a part in this type of tourism, by acting responsibly and with awareness.
Choosing green travel options means supporting local restaurants and hotels, buying local artisan products, and using the services of local inhabitants with the aim of helping the economy and minimising the adverse impact on the environment and the community.
When travelling around Slovenia, choose public transport, and see the cities on foot or by bike. Cars produce four times as much carbon dioxide as a bus full of passengers. Trains are even more environment-friendly.

Stay at an eco-hotel, where you can try local specialities made the natural way. Do not use lights or heaters unnecessarily.

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