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Natural deposits of mineral waters and hot springs are well known in central Europe. Their healing power is widely used and they are important drivers of local and regional economies in health care, wellness and tourism sectors. However, a common challenge is the sustainable management of mineral and thermal waters which on one hand are a basis for the existence of spas and on the other hand are a subject of various threats and pressures related to economic and urban development, mass tourism and careless sector policies.
The Healing Places project aims at a more sustainable development of spas by protecting the unique resources that constitute their basis. The partners will extend knowledge and awareness regarding the influence of various factors on underground water deposits by building multi-level and multi-territorial governance models of managing natural spa resources. A crucial element of the project will be the construction of common, innovative and web-based tool for the assessment of threats and pressures on mineral and hot water deposits.
HealingPlaces main objective is to improve current management practices of mineral & hot water and other valuable natural resources at SPAs.
Planned approaches include participative planning, improvement of cross-sectoral cooperation & elaboration of action plans aiming at thermal water resources depletion, land use conflicts, human – wildlife conflicts, etc. Achieving of this goal will contribute to improving the environmental performance of studied SPAs, by reducing uncontrolled influence of SPAs development on thermal and mineral water resources depletion, as well as threats for environment. Experiences & knowledge generated in this project will be carefully disseminated, thus will contribute to improve environmental performance of other SPAs located in Central Europe.
On 22nd of January, all HealingPlaces partners met on-line to discuss the Progress within work-package no 1, focusing on development of common tools for an integrated assessment of present-day and expected threats and pressures on mineral and thermal water resources in SPAs.
Project partners discussed the data and information already collected and the state of progress of the reports on environmental pressures, comparing the availability and detail of data in different regions.
Thanks to this and many other partner’s workshops and discussions – the diversity of approaches can be an added value when merged into common work.
On the 22nd of January 2020 a coordination meeting for HEALING PLACES activities to be carried out in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Italian regions took place in Abano Terme, a thermal destination in the province of Padua (Veneto, Italy), surrounded by the landscape of the Regional Natural Park of Euganean Hills.
On November 27th a round table with the most important stakeholders of the region took place with the participation of managing director of Bad Zell health and wellness centre Lebensquell, managing director of tourism association Bad Zell, chairman of the Mühlviertler Alm Tourism Association.
The Development Centre Novo mesto attended a round table on the topic of water reuse in Slovenia. During the consultation, experts from different fields presented how to achieve sustainable management of water resources and discussed the needs for water reuse, what are the main obstacles to circular water management and where are the opportunities for more sustainable water management in Slovenia.
2nd HealingPlaces project partners’ meeting was organised on 5th – 7th of November 2019 by Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH (BIZ UP) in Linz (AT).
Almost thirty people, representatives of project partners and one associated partner, took part in three days discussions and workshops.
Novo mesto Development Center participated in a visit of good water saving practices and its re-use in the Lodzkie region of Poland. The purpose of the meeting was to get acquainted with various technological approaches of wastewater treatment, monitoring of water quality and realization of water reuse in different sectors: industry, agriculture, public sector, tourism and recreation.
total ERDF 1.779.930,43 euro