Protected areas are a national measure aimed at preserving valuable natural features and in-situ biodiversity. The proportion of protected areas increased by ca. 3.4% percent in 2002 and 2003 because of the foundation of the Notranjska Regional Park and the Goričko Landscape Park, while since 2004 the share of the protected areas, which amounts to about 12%, has not changed considerably.
The indicator shows the surface area of protected areas in Slovenia with regard to the type of protection and the category in accordance with the criteria of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). We differentiate among large (national, regional, landscape parks) and small (strict nature reserves, nature reserves and natural monuments) protected areas, where prescribed protection regimes apply.
There are currently 1 national park, 3 regional parks, 43 landscape parks, 1 strict nature reserve, 51 nature reserves and 1185 natural monuments in Slovenia, which are protected by state or municipal acts.
Register of protected areas, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, 2008.
To increase the proportion of protected areas of various categories by 5% (Resolution on National Programme of Environmental Protection Plan 2005-2012; OG of the RS, No. 2/06) up to 17% of the Slovenian surface area.
Data for Slovenia:
Register of protected areas, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia 2008 (as of June 30th, 2008)
Data on protected areas are managed in the database Register of protected areas by the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, the Nature Conservation Sector on the basis of Article 111 of the Nature Conservation Act (ZON-UPB2, OG of the RS, No. 96/04) and Article 105 of the Environmental Protection Act (ZVO-1-UPB1, OG of the RS, No. 70/2008).