National public institute Landscape Park Strunjan (Javni zavod Krajinski park Strunjan)

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The Strunjan Landscape Park is a preserved piece of nature in the Gulf of Trieste, which is unique due to its location by the sea. It was established in 1990 by the municipality of Izola and Piran on the basis of the valid Act on Natural and Cultural Heritage. The natural attributes of the Strunjan Peninsula, its Mediterranean climate and lee position in particular, have enabled the population of this area and the development of traditional economic activities in harmony with nature. Dispersed settlement, terrace farming, an inshore fishery and artisanal salt making have moulded a cultural landscape characterised by a variety of living and cultural environments. Saltpans, which are part of the cultural landscape with dispersed settlement, rural hedges and terraces separated by dry-stone walls, allows a quality co-existence of man and nature.

The Strunjan Saltpans are beside Sečovlje Saltpans, one of the last salt pans in the Mediterranean, where salt is obtained manually with a method which is several hundred years’ old. Today, the economic role of the saltpans is subjected to the nature conservationist and cultural roles. The salt from the Park is a delicacy for gourmets; the preservation of saltpans heritage contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage; the saltpan area is giving a shelter to rare animal and plant spices and it is at the same time a reserve of ecologically precious environment and remain of once rich Mediterranean cultural heritage which rapidly disappearing.

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