Organized by the Public Institution Barać Cave - for the management of protected natural values in the municipality of Rakovica, in the building of the Fire Brigade in Rakovica, on Friday, July 9, an initial conference was held on the occasion of the start of construction Speleon - Underground Heritage Center.
This is the most important activity of the project carried out by the Public Institution of Barać's Cave "Promoting the sustainable development of the Significant landscape of the Barać Cave" funded by the European Union from the European Cohesion Fund, and within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The total value of the project is: HRK 19.908.960,00 + VAT. The EU co - finances the project with 16.922.616,00 kuna (85%), and the partner in the project Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park ensures participation in the project or 15% of the project value.
The main goal of the project is the sustainable use of the natural heritage of the significant landscape of the Barać Cave with the aim of contributing to the sustainable socio-economic development of the entire destination.
The conference was opened with an introductory speech by the project manager and director of the Public Institution Barać Cave Tihana Oštrina expressing satisfaction with the start of construction work on Speleon - the Center for Underground Heritage. The conference was also attended by the Mayor of Rakovica Mihovil Bićanić, director of the Plitvice Lakes National Park Tomislav Kovačević, representatives of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting of European Union Programs and Projects (CFCA), Director of the Karlovac County Tourist Board Željko Fanjak, associates of the Institution, partners, members of the administrative and municipal council and members of the local community.
VISITOR CENTER AS A GENERATOR OF RAKOVICA DEVELOPMENT
The director of the Barać Cave Public Institution and project manager Tihana Oštrina pointed out that the project will directly contribute to the increase in the number of visitors to the destination, education of the local population and visitors about natural heritage and increase the tourist recognition of Rakovica as a natural heritage destination.
"Exactly such projects leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and most valuable resources, and that is natural heritage. We who manage protected areas have a great responsibility to put resources in the function of sustainable development and to be a generator of new jobs and economic activities. ”said Sharpness.
On June 9, 2021, Tihana Oštrina signed a contract for the construction of the center with the contractor Nikola Špelić in front of the Construction Craft Špelić from Slunj in the amount of HRK 18.971.467,70. Completion of all project activities is planned by at the end of 2022.
HOW?WHAT DOES THE SPELEON - UNDERGROUND HERITAGE CENTER LOOK LIKE?
Speleon - The Center of Underground Heritage is a circular shape within which key natural values are interpreted through four themes - paleontology, archeology, geology and speleology. We find a number of modern, multimedia models of interpretation, and what especially contributes to the attractiveness are the sensory chambers, where visitors will be able to experience the underworld with all their senses. In the main hall, a documentary film will be presented that will summarize the environment and the typical ambience of the Ice Age in the area of Barać's caves.
The presentation will include a convincing animation of all animals found at the site, so that the Earth will be shown first, then Europe, then Croatia during the Ice Age, and the animation will present the appearance of the environment characteristic of the period. A special attraction will be located in the central part of the building where an outdoor exhibition will be set up, ie an atrium with replicas of animals and plants from the Ice Age.
PARTNERSHIP WITH NP PLITVIČTO THE LAKES
Public Institution Barać Caves - for the management of protected natural values in the municipality of Rakovica, the project is implemented in partnership with the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park.
“Our common goal is to develop joint programs and facilities that will influence the better management of visitors in our area. By creating new content, we will disperse visitors, and most importantly, directly create the conditions for extending the stay of visitors to continental destinations. I would like to emphasize that the partner will help us finance the implementation of the project and the cooperation between the two protected areas is an example of synergy in tourism and successful sustainable development planning.", Said Oštrina.
I WILLOR PROJECTS
Public institution Baraćeva špilja - for the management of protected natural values in the municipality of Rakovica is currently implementing three projects funded by EU funds, the value of 25 million kuna. Also, the project team of the Institution has ready documentation for the application of project proposals for the next programming period of financing the total value of over 15 million kuna.
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The project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Cohesion Fund.