Ljubljansko Kotlina, Slovenia
The Ljubljana basin is located in the Upper Sava basin and is the largest closed plane in Slovenia. The Sava River is a central watercourse and has its headwaters in Ljubljana Basin and then it drains to the East, passes Zagreb, Croatia and flows into the Danube River after more than 990 km in Belgrade, Serbia. The Ljubljana basin, with its central location, in which 40% of the Slovenian population lives is the most important settlement, economic and transport area in Slovenia, into which the most important roads and railway connections are joining. The Sava River has a number of tributaries that strongly influence the outflow regime of the entire area. The area is home to large aquifers with very different characteristics, ranging from intergranular to heavily karstified aquifers. These aquifers are important sources of drinking and industrial water.
There is an intensive development in the Ljubljana Basin, from the introduction of new technologies to intensive tourist activities, which are increasing year by year. At the same time, this area is becoming increasingly urbanized. All these activities increase the pressure on the environment, including the higher pressure on water resources. The intensive development has led to an increasing number of emerging contaminants affecting environment as a whole and water resources.
Cluster 2: Groundwater
Pilot Action responsible: UL, PP06 and VOKA-SNAGA, PP04