On Friday, as part of the 17th International Alpine Flower Festival in Bohinj, a panel discussion was held on “Challenges for the sustainable development of protected nature areas – how to address them in practice?“. The consultation was opened by the Director of Tourist Board Bohinj and Coordinator of the Julian Alps Community, Klemen Langus, and the Mayor of the Municipality of Bohinj, Jože Sodja. The participants were later addressed by the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, via video call, and by the Minister for Natural Resources and Spatial Planning, Uroš Brežan, and the MEP, Franc Bogovič.
In the framework of the press conference, over 20 stakeholders signed the Cooperation Pledge for the Julian Alps Biosphere Region. The mayors of the municipalities in the area (Bled, Bohinj, Bovec, Gorje, Jesenice, Kobarid, Kranjska Gora, Radovljica, Tolmin and Žirovnica), the directors of the tourist boards and two development agencies (the Development Agency of Upper Gorenjska, the Posočje Development Centre) marked the event by signing the commitment.
At the signing ceremony, the Director of Tourist Board Bohinj, Klemen Langus, said that the commitment represents the basis for future cooperation and addressing current issues in the field of sustainable tourism and the preservation of the area.
The commitment guarantees, among other things, that all the offer within the Julian Alps will be offered in a sustainable way. Sustainable tourism will ensure a high quality of life and a high level of satisfaction in local communities and will be recognised as an important value among residents and visitors.