Geological Survey of Slovenia (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Who we are
Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) gathers experts performing research, professional and development activities within the public service needs of the Republic of Slovenia as well as the European Union. We provide professional support and consulting in the implementation of applied projects from various geoscience fields. At the same time, GeoZS actively cooperates with universities in implementing educational programs.
GeoZS cooperates with other related organizations in Slovenia and abroad. By doing so, it follows and creates trends in geological sciences. The knowledge it provides is socially and economically relevant while research findings can be transferred into practice.
The overall mission of the Geological Survey of Slovenia institute (GeoZS) is to provide geological expertise and information about geological structures and natural resources in Slovenia. It also contributes to the understanding of past and current processes beneath the surface of this territory. GeoZS collects, manages, stores and provides information about Slovenia’s geological structure. With its activities, the GeoZS goes beyond national borders.
How will the partner contribute to the success of AdriaWealth?
Based on three years of intense interdisciplinary collaboration within the RoofOfRock project, we have come to a strong opinion that the introduction of legislative changes needed to preserve our cultural heritage where there is little commercial interest. For this reason, we propose an effort to raise the interest of policy makers to return local natural stone to the place it so rightly belongs: to the top shelf for anyone who builds or restores in the uniquely beautiful karstified part of the Eastern Adriatic coast.
We will try to meet this goal with active involvement in all international conventions by:
- presenting the objectives and results of the RoofOfRock project as an example of the effort to preserve the use of one of the natural building stones, namely the platy limestone, common in the whole Adriatic area, for the preservation of cultural heritage;
- promoting an extension of this effort to all natural building stones in the project area;
- presenting the Action Paper on procedures for legislative amendments;
- collecting signatures of the Action Paper by local, regional, national policy makers;
- promoting natural stone cultural heritage and cultural landscape as an unexploited asset for geotouristic networking and sustainable tourism development.
GeoZS is going to host a convention in Sežana focused on sustainable tourism as an opportunity to protect natural and cultural heritage. Among the numerous convention activities, we would like to highlight the main round table titled “Sustainable Tourism: opportunity for heritage protection” with guest speakers from all involved countries. Our participation in a tourism workshop in Mostar, Bosnia, resulted in the creation of a topic-related educational tour for policy makers and other important stakeholders in the field of sustainable tourism, which is going to be implemented by professional tour guides in the Karst region.
Building on the knowledge and inspiration of previous RoofOfRock and Archeo.S projects, a Slovenian permanent contemporary dance ensemble “EnKnapGroup” together with the Italian partner “ResExtensa” are exploring how to use dance to raise the awareness about the importance of cultural and natural heritage of stone. With a dance workshop, they are sharing best practices and know-how. This will result in the capitalization performance titled Moving Stones to be presented at the convention in Sežana. Moving Stones will be a combination of photographs and videos, which were already shot at the locations of most telling historical uses of limestone (quarry at the Lavdara island, ancient Roman road at the Asseria archaeological site, church of the Holy Spirit at Posedarje, ancient monastery at the Savar island, a frequented city street in Zadar, etc.).
Geological Survey of Slovenia was the leading partner in the project titled Limestone as the common denominator of natural and cultural heritage along the karstified part of the Adriatic coast (acronym: RoofOfRock). Its aim is to establish a joint platform for the sustainable use, preservation and promotion of platy limestone, to create relevant guidelines, and to improve both individual and joint capacities in preserving this element of common natural and cultural heritage.
As a construction material, platy limestone has been bringing together the entire Eastern Adriatic area on historical, natural and social levels. The RoofOfRock project has brought together experts from the fields of art history, architecture and geology.
The main goal was to establish a multidisciplinary knowledge platform for the sustainable use of platy limestone, and to set out guidelines for legislation that will help to protect limestone, promote its sustainable use as a building material, and to preserve both natural and cultural heritage. Research on the importance of platy limestone in terms of both natural and cultural heritage and geological features forms the basis for an extensive interdisciplinary know-how database on the occurrence and use of platy limestone in the Eastern Adriatic.of Results].
The database provides the foundation for platy limestone protection and the promotion of its sustainable use in the future. In addition to the database, we have drawn up professional guidelines and proposals for amendments to the legislation on platy limestone use. Web and mobile applications, databases and graphics were developed, allowing communities and individuals to obtain all necessary information on platy limestone use in terms of natural and cultural heritage management, data on its natural reserves and its exploitation possibilities.
To raise awareness among the broader public and key local stakeholders, an extensive public awareness campaign was performed including workshops, lectures and demonstrations. A network of show-towns has also been established, connecting 14 villages and towns throughout the project area.
The entire Adriatic Region shares at least 200 million years of common geological history. The limestone created on this platform was used as the primary building material throughout the whole project area, and takes one of the most important roles in creating human history. Platy limestone as the basic construction material gives the Adriatic coastline and its hinterland the primary character. The problem of today is that stakeholders in spatial planning, urbanization and cultural and natural conservation lack firm guidelines for how to use natural stone as a building material sustainably, how to preserve stone as natural heritage, and, finally, how to preserve sites and materials as cultural heritage.
The RoofOfRock project therefore gathered the most relevant stakeholders around a single idea with the intention to establish a joint platform for platy limestone sustainable use, preservation and promotion, create the relevant guidelines and to improve both individual and joint capacities in preserving this common natural and cultural heritage.
The effort of the whole team included hundreds of days of fieldwork, numerous discussions, workshops, educational and outreach activities, and was divided into 10 work packages.
The geological part of the project was divided into four different activities focused mainly on the characterization and identification of natural and physical properties of limestone along the Adriatic coast.
The cultural heritage part addressed various research assignments, from historic use through modern conservation and the reusage of platy limestone objects. The general focus of the work was to point out the historical value of the stone architectural objects, where platy limestone was used to fashion cover plates for roofs as an integral part of the building.
In the natural heritage part of the project, we made an overview of the existing protection standards by analyzing the regional, provincial and municipal regulations, conventions and practices regarding the use of stone and its status as natural heritage.
Project activities related to the legislative framework started by collecting data about legislation in force, and performing a comparative analysis of existing legislation and standards in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, architecture, spatial planning, civil engineering and mining.
One of the outcomes of the RoofOfRock project is a very large volume of collected data. In order to use the data efficiently, it was necessary to implement an appropriate data management scheme – for this purpose, a common joint database has been set up.
The implementation of educational activities for stakeholders included a series of lectures, presentations and studies of the material aspect of platy limestone. Numerous publications were produced to share knowledge with different target groups.