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% in 2002 and 2003 because of the foundation of the Notranjska Regional Park and the Goričko Landscape Park, followed by the foundation of the Ljubljansko barje Landscape Park in 2008, adding another 0.7% of the Slovenian territory into the category of protected areas; protected areas now cover just over 13% of the Slovenian territory.
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. Currently, 1 national park, 3 regional parks, 44 landscape parks, 1 strict nature reserve, 58 nature reserves and 1185 natural monuments in Slovenia are protected by state or municipal acts.
Register of protected areas, Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, 2009.
To increase the proportion of protected areas of various categories by between 5% (Resolution on National Programme of Environmental Protection Plan 2005-2012; OG of the RS, No. 2/06) and 17% of the Slovenian surface area.
Data on Slovenia:
Data on protected areas is 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, Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 96/04).
Objectives summarized by: the Resolution on National Environmental Action Plan 2005-2012 (ReNPVO. Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, 2/06)
Source database or source: Register of protected areas
Data administrator: Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, the Nature Conservation Sector
Data acquisition date for this indicator: 4 November 2009
Methodology and frequency of data collection for the indicator: Data is collected upon designation of new areas or when corrections are made to eliminate errors or deficiencies found.
Data processing methodology: Data is presented in ratios to provide more insight and clarity.
Information concerning data quality:
- Advantages and disadvantages of the indicator: Data is considered official even though the maintenance of the Register of protected areas is not regulated by law. In particular, data on older protected sites is not reliable.
- Relevance, accuracy, robustness, uncertainty:
Reliability of the indicator (archive data): Graphical data is insufficient and inaccurate.
Uncertainty of the indicator (scenarios/projections): Not applicable to the indicator.
- Overall assessment (1 = without comments, 3 = data with reservations)
Completeness over time: 2
Completeness over space: 2