Project objectives

The project LIFE+ will contribute to conservation of 5 priority habitats and strengthening the Natura 2000 network in the project area through the active protection of endemic pannonic halophytic and psamophytic habitats of Community importance, through applying restoration management, and by improving and maintaining of their favourable conservation status. Informing the general public about the importance of these unique habitats will definitely improve the chances of their survival in the long run. The aim is primarily to provide long-term protection of these unique biotopes. Therefore, an important component of this project is collaboration with municipalities, in whose proximity are these rare biotopes located, and the presentation of the biotopes significance to public.

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Pannonic salt marshesBokrošské slanisko

Pannonic salt marshes and inland salt meadows are included in the list of European priority habitats. These alkali habitats are very rare in Slovakia, they occur mainly in lowland areas. The habitat also occurred in large parts of Slovakia, especially the lowland areas of southern Slovakia. About 8,300 ha of saline biotopes existed in south-western Slovakia up to the middle of the 20th, but after reclamation and land use changes the total area has been reduced to around 500. At present these habitats are rare and endangered and are more and more often found only in a degraded state.

Project is focused on conservation of following priority habitats:

Salt marshes on the Site of Community importance Bokrošské slanisko.

1340* Inland salt meadows

1530* Pannonic salt steppes and salt marshes



Pannonic sand dunesPiesky na lokalite Líščie diery

The sand dunes and shifting sand areas are considered to be one of the most endangered habitats in Central Europe. They are included in the list of European priority habitats. While at the beginning of the 20th century, sands were still widespread, by now they have been reduced dramatically through stabilizing measures.

Project is focused on conservation of following priority habitats:

6120* Xeric sand calcareous grasslands

6260* Pannonic sand steppes91NO* Pannonic inland sand dune thicket (Junipero-Populetum albae)

Sand dunes with dominant species Stipa borysthenica on the Site of Community Importance  Líščie diery.



Data about the project

Duration of project: 1.9.2011 - 31.12.2016

The total cost: 2 367 530 €

Considering the high natural values the project targets to protect, the European Community provided almost 75 % share of project costs: 1 773 280 €

The contribution of the beneficiary and partners: 594 250 € (25,1%)