The selected pilot areas are:
- Klavže Water Barriers
- Rake Water Channel
- Anthony’s Main Road
All the three Slovenian pilot areas are located in the municipality of Idrija and are listed on UNESCO world heritage from 2012.
All of them are on The Idrija Fault, a seismically active fault in Slovenia. This territory is at risk of earthquakes, floods, landslides, erosion, rock-falls and, during the summer storms, the lightning strikes could cause forest fire and short-circuit of electricity causing fire damages. To date, there are no rescue plans that could work in the event of natural hazards.
Klavže Water Barriers
All the three water barriers are extended on the combined area of 4,19 ha. On this project we cover three water barriers in different locations. They date back to the 18th century and have been masterfully nestled into the rocks of a steep river gorge. The barriers were used to dam the river and stack the timber into the riverbed below them. When the dam was filled, the barriers were opened. Enormous quantities of water then floated the timber to Idrija in a few hours. Upon reaching the centre of the town, the wood was stopped by special rakes that partitioned the Idrijca River. The timber was then used for the mine operations.
Rake Water Channel
It was built to direct the water from the dam on the Idrijca River next to Kobila all the way to the centre of the Idrija town. The power of the water fuelled numerous mining devices: saws, pumping, lifting, crushing and irrigation devices, heavy forging hammers and mills. The rake was originally made of wood and it was only constructed in brick and stone after 170 years. Nowadays there is a footpath alongside Rake that follows through the picturesque valley of Idrijca to the Bela distict.
Anthony’s Main Road
It is the oldest preserved entrance into the Mercury Mine in Idrija and one of the oldest in Europe. Since 1994, it has been arranged as a touristic route, which is 1300 m long.
THE WORKING GROUP
The project is implemented in Slovenia by Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre in collaboration with Slovenian Forestry Institute.
Idrija Mercury Heritage Management Centre
- Tatjana Dizdarevič, legal representative: project manager, will contribute to the state of the art in the definition of the alpine cultural identity, alpine cultural heritage and risk mapping from natural hazards, training activities in the pilot area, emergency planning and salvaging,
- Jasmina Rejec and Davor Vodopija: project manager assistants.
Slovenian Forestry Institute
- Dr. Andreja Ferreira leads Department of Forest and Landscape Planning and Monitoring at Slovenian Forestry Institute. She is an expert in GIS systems, environmental impacts and forest management systems. She will provide inputs for WP 1 and coordinate work in SFI.
- Dr. Anže Japelj is a researcher in Department of Forest and Landscape Planning and Monitoring at Slovenian Forestry Institute. His expertise are environmental economics and ecosystem services. He is the main coordinator of WP1 - Alpine Cultural Heritage: value and vulnerability.
- Špela Planinšek, M.Sc., is a researcher in Department of Forest and Landscape Planning and Monitoring at Slovenian Forestry Institute. Her expertise are forest ecosystem services, forest management issues and forest pedagogy. She will take care of communication of the project in Slovenia and provide inputs for WP 1.
- Anže Martin Pintar is a doctoral student in Department of Forest and Landscape Planning and Monitoring at Slovenian Forestry Institute. He is working with satellite data and GIS methods. During the project he will support us also with forest knowledge.
- Adrijana Trekman is an accounting manager for the projects in Alpine Space call.