Summary of specific objectives
1. Making a cadastre of all speleological objects in the Istrian County.
Implementation of GIS system with database of exact locations, toponymy, dimensions and information on biological diversity and other natural assets of underground karst ecosystems.
2. Improvement of nine objects most endangered by waste.
There are numerous polluted objects in direct contact with underground waters which are connected to drinking water sources. The improvement will considerably reduce the risk of pollution of underground waters and drinking water sources. Many of these objects are unapproachable to speleologists because the entrance is covered with waste. Cleaning the waste will enable their free access and a possibility to enjoy their natural beauty.
According to the project, planned improvement includes the following speleological objects: Pazinska jama , Jama Polje near Katun Lindarski in the municipality of Žminj, Brečevska jama in the Tinjanština region, Jamorina in Pazin, Ponor (abyss) near Stancija Vergotini as well as Jama near Štifanići in the vicinity of Baderna, Jama near Radoši in the vicinity of Višnjan, Jama Golubink near Kloštar and Dvori near the village of the same name in the vicinity of Poreč.
3. Preparing the evaluation study for nine objects of exceptional natural value.
All speleological objects are protected by the Protection of Nature Act and property of the Republic of Croatia and as objects of exceptional natural value they are subject to its special protection. Due to the lack of data about their exact locations and condition, their protection still appears to have no other effect besides the declarative one.
Creation of the Cadastre of Speleological Objects in Istria will enable continuous monitoring of the condition of speleological objects registered in the database and enable their “real” protection. In the course of the project, nine exceptionally valuable objects will be chosen as subject of their respective evaluation studies.
4. Raising the level of awareness of local population
Achievement of this objective will contribute to a positive change of behaviour. With their behaviour, by throwing waste into speleological objects for years, people have endangered their environment and sources of drinking water. The project comprises four workshops for local population, a professional workshop for speleologists, and seven 45-minute lectures
as part of the project “Eko teens” carried out in Istrian secondary schools by the Non-Governmental Association "PUT"of Labin in collaboration with the Istrian County.
The purpose of workshops is to make the population familiar with immediate dangers of pollution of underground waters by throwing waste into speleological objects, learning about the karst phenomenon, its exceptional natural value and its susceptibility to pollution. It is expected that a higher degree of awareness of the local population and their acquaintance with landscape particularities will contribute to a reduction of pollution and waste disposal. The project also comprises the making of a website and a 20-minute film about the project.