The integrated “Spelaion Logos” projects aim at enhancing the Karst cave environment of naturalistically-relevant protected areas - that are part of Natura 2000 - in the Eastern Alpine Arc. They are the result of the cooperation among the various partners, and envisage environmental restoration and improvement activities (creation of thematic routes and infrastructural interventions to improve site fruition) as well as educational/cultural initiatives (educational exhibitions, conferences, promotional and publicity literature). As regards Nimis, the project aims at the enhancement of the Vigant Abyss-Pre Oreak Karst cave system, cavities located inside a SCI (Site of Community Importance) which is especially impressive from the morphological point of view, formed through selective water erosion and the Karst phenomenon, which brought to light the carbonate banks at the expense of marls and flysch sandstone, creating a unique system where the water course can be followed, as it sinks and re-emerges at the basis of the Cornappo stream ravine. The project envisages the creation of an epygean and hypogean educational-naturalistic Karst trail, running from the medieval village of Vigant through the surface Karst morphology towards its homonymous cave up to its imposing entrance where the stream disappears into the ground. The trail continues - only with the help of expert guides and suitable equipment - to the Pre Oreak Cave through the big hall and the terminal siphon. The project, coordinated by a Technical Committee consisting of both Italian and Slovenian partners, also includes the creation of a multimedia network for the exchange between operators in Italy and Slovenia; the organisation of cultural initiatives and educational hiking tours; and symbolic naturalistic/educational itinerary targeting schools and excursionist tourism, that reaches out into the Slovenian National Park of Triglav to disclose the fascination of hypogean landscapes.
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