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Natural deposits of mineral waters and hot springs are well known in central Europe. Their healing power is widely used and they are important drivers of local and regional economies in health care, wellness and tourism sectors. However, a common challenge is the sustainable management of mineral and thermal waters which on one hand are a basis for the existence of spas and on the other hand are a subject of various threats and pressures related to economic and urban development, mass tourism and careless sector policies.
The Healing Places project aims at a more sustainable development of spas by protecting the unique resources that constitute their basis. The partners will extend knowledge and awareness regarding the influence of various factors on underground water deposits by building multi-level and multi-territorial governance models of managing natural spa resources. A crucial element of the project will be the construction of common, innovative and web-based tool for the assessment of threats and pressures on mineral and hot water deposits.
HealingPlaces main objective is to improve current management practices of mineral & hot water and other valuable natural resources at SPAs.
Planned approaches include participative planning, improvement of cross-sectoral cooperation & elaboration of action plans aiming at thermal water resources depletion, land use conflicts, human – wildlife conflicts, etc. Achieving of this goal will contribute to improving the environmental performance of studied SPAs, by reducing uncontrolled influence of SPAs development on thermal and mineral water resources depletion, as well as threats for environment. Experiences & knowledge generated in this project will be carefully disseminated, thus will contribute to improve environmental performance of other SPAs located in Central Europe.
On Wednesday, 10th of June 2020 the City of Križevci organised a one day Study-visit to Terme Sveti Martin. Participants were students and professors from two higher education institutions: Križevci College of Agriculture and The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering (University of Zagreb). The focus was on sustainable development of SPAs and first networking of that kind for this projects partners’ activities. First goal was to connect the Terme Sveti Martin (especially its Maintenance sector) with students that study course Hydrothermal resources on Geotechnical engineering Faculty.
On 22nd of January, all HealingPlaces partners met on-line to discuss the Progress within work-package no 1, focusing on development of common tools for an integrated assessment of present-day and expected threats and pressures on mineral and thermal water resources in SPAs.
Project partners discussed the data and information already collected and the state of progress of the reports on environmental pressures, comparing the availability and detail of data in different regions.
Thanks to this and many other partner’s workshops and discussions – the diversity of approaches can be an added value when merged into common work.
On the 22nd of January 2020 a coordination meeting for HEALING PLACES activities to be carried out in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Italian regions took place in Abano Terme, a thermal destination in the province of Padua (Veneto, Italy), surrounded by the landscape of the Regional Natural Park of Euganean Hills.
total ERDF 1.779.930,43 euro