RISO – Institute for Development and Improvement of Infrastructure and the Social Environment
Pot v toplice 9, 2250 Ptuj
www.riso.si
Person responsible for project implementation: Sabina Žampa

About the Project Partner

RISO was founded in 2006. It is in part owned by an Austrian development company working in the field of civil engineering, particularly sewer systems and purification plants. As its owners are aware of the importance of sustainable development, RISO was founded with the purpose of improving the environment we live in. It is actively participating as a partner or as the developer in a number of projects, e.g.:

  • Triloc (cross-border project with Austria)
  • Saint Mary’s Hiking Trail (cross-border project with Croatia)
  • Pilgrimage Routes (cross-border project with Austria).

Its tasks are preservation and development of rural areas based on conserving basic natural conditions.

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The Institute for Development and Improvement of Infrastructure and the Social Environment was founded in September 2006. It is in part owned by an Austrian development company. The Institute, with headquarters in Ptuj, performs non-profit activities and operates in the Podravje and Slovenske gorice region. It also forges links with experts in various fields to assist the interested public in achieving objectives of public importance.

Sabina Žampa, Director of the RISO Institute Ptuj: The purpose of the Institute is in short to create added value for rural population and to develop rural areas with a selection of sustainable environmental protection projects.

As the institute is aware of the importance of sustainable development, it uses all available means to study and research public opinion as well as the environment’s knowledge of and interest in various solutions.

Sabina Žampa, Director of the RISO Institute Ptuj: The first projects we worked on were a hiking project with Hungary, followed by a project with Croatia and then another with Austria. We basically focused on pilgrimage hiking trails.

The Institute’s tasks are preserving rural areas, creating added values for the environment and its development while ensuring the basic natural conditions. The Institute has also joined the “Ecoremediations” project with focus on sustainable forms of nature preservation approaches.

Sabina Žampa, Director of the RISO Institute Ptuj: Our part in the project is to establish ecoremediations on standing waters. The project is being carried out in the area of Sv. Trojica Lake and the Radehova Lake in Slovenske gorice near Lenart.

In Slovenia and in Europe standing waters are endangered due to increasing pressure from users of those areas and also due to natural processes in standing waters, such as e.g. slower self-purification. As standing waters are an important source of water, a systemic approach is required to raise the population’s awareness of the importance of these waters.

Mateja Malek, Head of the Ecoremediations Project at the RISO Institute Ptuj: We’ll be setting up a learning & research trail around the Sv. Trojica Lake. Outdoor learning trails are being established at the upper part of the lake.

The Educational Centre on Standing Waters will be the first organisational unit for awareness-raising and education based on experiential learning, where children, pupils, students and the interested public will be able to observe and monitor the properties of water in lakes. Our goal is to collect in one place the results of standing waters research and to develop new knowledge based on observations, measurements and activities in the field.

A smaller centre for sustainable management of standing waters will be set-up next to Radehova Lake, which was created as one of the five lakes of Pesnica Valley in the second half of the 20th century by damming the Globovnica Brook with the aim of holding back high waters. Exceptional biotic diversity is typical of the lake.

Mateja Malek, Head of the Ecoremediations Project at the RISO Institute Ptuj: A hiking trail will lead from Sv. Trojica Lake to the Radehova Lake.

As a part of the project, research and education activities will also be carried out in the municipality of Miklavž na Dravskem polju.

Mateja Malek, Head of the Ecoremediations Project at the RISO Institute Ptuj: Actually it’s a location in Dobrovce, where we will also establish an education centre for groundwater protection.

Mateja Malek, Head of the Ecoremediations Project at the RISO Institute Ptuj: As a part of this learning trail, four observation rooms will be dug out displaying a cross-section of the soil based on which we will be able to observe layers of soil and how water trickles down all the way to groundwater.

Those working at the Institute are aware that in the 21st century humanity is facing the consequences of rapid and often reckless development. The most obvious consequences are climate changes; however, there are many other changes to nature itself. Project “Ecoremediations” therefore follows the idea of “healing nature through nature” as a sustainable environmental protection approach, which is also the Institute’s vision.