University of Primorska Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies



On Sunday, 14 May 2023, in the framework of the Green, Digital and Inclusive UP project, in cooperation with UP FAMNIT, a presentation of the new manual for farmers Preserving Landscape Features on Farms – Guidelines and Existing Financial Mechanisms took place.

It brought together farmers and farm managers of protected areas and farms who are committed to better, sustainable management and implementation of agricultural practices to maintain and enhance biodiversity.


They were welcomed Prof. Dr Elena Bužan by and then listened to a presentation of Assist. Aja Bončćina on the Farmers' Guide Preserving Landscape Features on Farms – Guidelines and Existing Financial Mechanisms, which provides a pictorial overview of landscape features important for biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes and a simple overview of the financial mechanisms associated with each landscape feature. The guide is designed to make it easier for farmers to find information on existing funding opportunities (e.g. subsidies) by providing a simple overview of the financial mechanisms relating to the conservation of landscape features, together with the conditions for obtaining them, descriptions and a list of contacts relevant to the application process.


In the second part of the meeting, they listened to a presentation by Dr Alenka Baruca Arbeiter entitled 'Integrating traditional/indigenous plant varieties and animal breeds into the offer of tourist farms', which focused on the production of indigenous/traditional plant species/varieties (fruit species, herbs, vegetables) and their offer in the gastronomy sector, as well as on the breeding of indigenous/traditional animal breeds and their integration into the tourist offer. They have learnt that plant biodiversity increases the diversity of production, helps to preserve the appearance of the landscape, the balance of nature and cultural heritage, and, last but not least, enriches the offer of tourist farms themselves.


After the presentations, the participants went on a tour of the InnoRenew CoE Research Institute, where they learned about the architectural features and the peculiarities of the building itself, as well as the laboratories and research facilities of the Institute, and learned about the topics that the researchers there are working on. The presentations were followed by a free guided tour of the Piran Aquarium and a presentation of the UP Science Centre.


The event is being organised in the framework of Developing Green Transition content within the UP Science Centre, an activity of the Green, Digital and Inclusive University of Primorska, which involves three pilot projects focused on   curricular   renewal   of   professional   higher   education   study   programmes   at   UP   to   support   broader   national   reform for a green, resilient transition to Society 5.0. The pilot projects aim to equip students with the skills for a green and digital transition to Society 5.0.

The project is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and the European Union – NextGenerationEU. The project is implemented in accordance with the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) under the development area Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, component Strengthening competencies, in particular digital competencies and those required by the new professions and the green transition (C3 K5), for the investment measure Investment F. Implementation of pilot projects, the results of which will serve as a basis for the preparation of a roadmap for the reform of higher education for a green and resilient transition to a Society 5.0: project Pilot Projects for the Reform of Higher Education for a Green and Resilient Transition.