Limestone as the common denominator of natural and cultural heritage along the karstified part of the Adriatic coast

Priority and Measure
Measure 2.2 - Natural and cultural resource management and prevention of natural and technological risks
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
EUSAIR Pillars
Sustainable tourism, environmental quality
Type of Project
Miloš Bavec
Interviewee role
Project manager
Geological Survey of Slovenia
+386 1 2809 702
Project website
Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email / website
Lead Partner Geological Survey of Slovenia Ljubljana Slovenia Miloš Bavec /  
Partner 1 ZADRA NOVA - Zadar County Development Agency Zadar   Croatia Marica Babić
Partner 2 HERAG. P.I. Development Agency of West Herzegovina County Posušje   Bosnia-Herzegovina Andrija Radić
Partner 3 P. I. RERA S.D. for coordination and development of Split Dalmatia County Split Croatia Ante Guć
Partner 4 Municipality of San Dorligo della Valle Dolina   Italy Mitja Lovriha
Partner 5   Department of mathematics and geosciences of University of Trieste   Trieste   Italy   Luca Zini  
Partner 6 University of Primorska, Science and research centre, Institute for Mediterranean Heritage Koper Slovenia Neža Čebron Lipovec
Partner 7 Škocjan Caves Regional Park Divača Slovenia Karmen Peternelj
Partner 8 DUNEA - Regional development Agency of Dubrovnik Neretva county Dubrovnik   Croatia Franica Miloš
Partner 9 Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd. Pula   Croatia Tea Zubin Ferri

Project Description


Project description

As a construction material, platy limestone has been bringing together the entire Eastern Adriatic on historical, natural and social levels. This 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 protect limestone, promote its sustainable use as a building material, and to preserve both natural and cultural heritage.


What has been done during the project to achieve its main goal(s)?

In the project implementation area, the occurrence and the use of platy limestone was thoroughly analyzed considering the following aspects: natural and cultural heritage preservation, architecture, and legislation setting the grounds of platy limestone in countries on the Eastern Adriatic coast. Another analysis was made concerning existing natural platy limestone resources. It included restrictions in platy limestone use according to their suitability for further exploitation in the spirit of best practices. Project partners published the books Guidelines and Recommendations for Changes to Legislation, 10 Case Studies in the Classical Karst and In Transition, and filmed the promotional video RoofOfRock. Furthermore an extensive database was set up as desktop GIS map viewer, a web application, and a mobile application.  Finally 15 practical workshops for key stakeholders throughout the project implementation area in order to present good practices and responsible use of platy limestone were organized.


What are the main results/impacts of the project?

Result/Impact 1

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. The database provides the foundation for platy limestone protection and the promotion of its sustainable use in the future.  Project partners established a basis for managing natural and cultural heritage, more specifically the use of natural stone –  platy limestone.

Result/Impact 2

Professional guidelines and proposals for amendments to the legislation on platy limestone use were prepared. The guidelines on the one hand provide key information for individuals, local authorities,  professionals and   institutions who live in areas where platy limestone is present or would like to restore existing buildings using this natural stone, and help them understand the cultural heritage arising therefrom. The guidelines bring back knowledge that had been lost in the past and can help preserve the natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

Result/Impact 3

The development of web and mobile applications, databases and graphics allows 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.  We have laid the foundations to provide access to all data on platy limestone that promote its protection and continued sustainable use.

Result/Impact 4

An extensive public awareness campaign, which took place throughout the project implementation area and included workshops, lectures and demonstrations, helped raise awareness among the broader public and key local stakeholders about all aspects of sustainable use of platy limestone and its further exploitation, as well as the importance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage.  The educational program that has formed the foundation for future projects and activities that will acquaint people with the sustainable use of this precious natural stone.

Result/Impact 5

A network of show-towns has been established during the implementation of RoofOfRock, connecting 14 villages and towns throughout the project area. The main intention of the network is to provide interdisciplinary support, which will enhance ability of local authorities to continue with the responsible management of the cultural heritage objects in their towns and improve their visibility through presentations to general public and professionals.