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The feasibility of direct processing of sugar beets in Slovenia: a quick scan
Jongeneel, R.A. ; Smit, A.L. ; Bakker, Tom ; Jager, J.H. - \ 2015
LEI Wageningen UR (Report / LEI Wageningen UR 2015-149) - ISBN 9789086157280 - 25 p.
sugarbeet - processing - arable farming - ethanol production - biofuels - economic viability - slovenia - cap - european union - biobased economy - suikerbieten - verwerking - akkerbouw - ethanolproductie - biobrandstoffen - economische haalbaarheid - slovenië - gemeenschappelijk landbouwbeleid - europese unie
This study presents a quick scan of the economic feasibility of direct processing of sugar beet for ethanol production in Slovenia, using the Betaprocess technology. The outcome is that given the prices for sugar, sugar beets, ethanol and other relevant arable crops that are expected to prevail after the liberalisation of the EU’s sugar policy in 2017, direct processing of sugar beets is a profitable activity. This result is conditional on a number of requirements.
Triglavski narodni park: analiza izkušenj lokalnega prebivalstva
Rodela, R. ; Koren, D. ; Udovc, A. - \ 2012
Ljubljana : Univerza v Ljubljani, Biotehniška fakulteta - 76
natuurbescherming - landbouw - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - nationale parken - slovenië - nature conservation - agriculture - sustainability - national parks - slovenia
Soupravljanje naravnih virov: vaške skupnosti in sorodne oblike skupne lastnine in skupnega upravljanja
Rodela, R. - \ 2012
Wageningen [etc.] : Wageningen University [etc.] - 91
hulpbronnenbeheer - natuurlijke hulpbronnen - plattelandsgemeenschappen - participatief management - slovenië - resource management - natural resources - rural communities - participative management - slovenia
Sturen op duurzame ontwikkeling van stadsranden : lessen uit 7 regio’s in Europa en China
Aalbers, C.B.E.M. ; Westerink - Petersen, J. ; Kolijn, B. - \ 2010
Wageningen : Alterra - 60
stadsrandgebieden - regionale planning - zuid-holland - slovenië - duitsland - engeland - frankrijk - polen - china - urban hinterland - regional planning - slovenia - germany - england - france - poland
In 2005 nam Alterra het initiatief tot een geïntegreerd Europees onderzoek naar stadsranden, PLUREL. Dit project onderzocht stadsrandgebieden van zes Europese regio's en een regio in China. Voor de Europese regio's zijn de strategieën en ruimtelijke planningen bekeken. Het gaat om de regio's Haaglanden, Leipzig-Halle, Koper, Greater Manchester, Montpellier, Warschau en voor China: Hangzhou
Veehouderij in Slovenië : grote interesse in knowhow biedt kansen
Kuipers, A. ; Homan, M. - \ 2009
Berichten buitenland 35 (2009)9-10. - ISSN 0920-0975 - p. 6 - 7.
landbouwsector - veehouderij - slovenië - melkveebedrijven - melkveehouderij - agrarische economie - agricultural sector - livestock farming - slovenia - dairy farms - dairy farming - agricultural economics
Sinds de toetreding tot de Europese Unie maakt de landbouwsector een ontwikkeling door. Die verloopt echter langzaam, terwijl het groeipotentieel er wel degelijk is. Bijvoorbeeld in de subsector veehouderij. Ongeveer de helft van de veehouders denkt aan diversificatie, de andere helft aan specialisatie op melkvee
Support to the development of an ecological network and spatial data infrastructure for the Sava River
Rooij, S.A.M. van; Sluis, T. van der; Schmidt, A.M. - \ 2005
Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 1195) - 123
natuurbescherming - rivieren - geografische informatiesystemen - inventarisaties - balkan - slovenië - ecologische hoofdstructuur - nature conservation - rivers - geographical information systems - inventories - balkans - slovenia - ecological network
This report is one of the results of the project ¿Integrated transboundary River Basin Management Plan for the Sava¿. The process and (intermediate) results are presented that are obtained on the work packages of geographical and ecological information and ecological network development. The overall project supports the implementation integrated river basin management by the Sava River Basin Commission, which was established in June 2005. In expectation of the establishment of this commission, this project was carried out in cooperation with national Nature conservation institutes of the Sava river basin countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia-Montenegro)
Implementation of a mandatory programme on Intensive Forest Monitoring in Slovenia
Vel, E.M. ; Simoncic, P. ; Vries, W. de - \ 2005
Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-rapport 1171) - 67
bossen - monitoring - bosecologie - vegetatie - ecosystemen - luchtkwaliteit - bladeren - plantensamenstelling - bodemchemie - wetgeving - slovenië - Nederland - forests - monitoring - forest ecology - vegetation - ecosystems - air quality - leaves - plant composition - soil chemistry - legislation - slovenia - Netherlands
From May 1st 2004, Slovenia will have the obligation to follow the legislation that is in force in the EU. This includes the implementation of an Intensive Monitoring of its Forest Ecosystems. “Senter” contracted Alterra Green World Research to execute the project: “Implementation of the mandatory programme on Intensive Monitoring in Slovenia”, from January 1st 2003 till 31 December 2004. During this project the following results have been achieved: (i) eleven plots have been selected in a careful way with clear aims and criteria., (ii) the infrastructure in the field and laboratory has been build-up successfully, (iii) a Quality Assurance and Quality Control (Q(A/QC) programme has been implemented, (iv) a database is being set up, (v) the organisational structure is in place, (vi) there is a clear international imbedding and (vii) there is a long term commitment of the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment. The mandatory programme on Intensive Forest Monitoring in Slovenia has a large potential to evaluate impacts of elevated nitrogen inputs, high ozone exposure and climate change
Analysis of the Slovak fruit sector
Groot, M.J. ; Kemp, H. ; Oostewechel, R. - \ 2001
Randwijk : Applied Plant Research, Fruit Research Unit - 43
fruitteelt - landbouwsector - economische analyse - slovenië - fruit growing - agricultural sector - economic analysis - slovenia
Negotiating rural tourism development at the local level : a case study in Pisece, Slovenia
Verbole, A. - \ 1999
Agricultural University. Promotor(en): A.G.J. Dietvorst; J. Lengkeek. - S.l. : Verbole - ISBN 9789054859840 - 265
plattelandstoerisme - beleid - toerismebeleid - ontwikkeling van toerisme - plattelandsontwikkeling - slovenië - plattelandssamenleving - rural tourism - policy - tourism policy - tourism development - rural development - slovenia - rural society

This study examines the policy and politics of the development of rural tourism at the local level in Slovenia. Its purpose was to increase our understanding of the socio-political dimensions of the rural tourism development process at the local community level by contributing to the current methods of investigating, describing and understanding of rural tourism.

This dissertation argues that sustainable rural tourism development cannot be achieved without the full support of the rural community that it will affect. Such communities are not homogeneous entities, thus it is necessary to critically investigate the various social realities of rural tourism transformation and negotiation processes.

Pisece, a small community of some 1200 inhabitants in the southeast of Slovenia, that requested assistance in developing their local community, was used for this case study.

The main focus was on the various social actors who tried to ` transform ' rural tourism development, as well as on the gap between the rhetoric of national planning and policy concerning the development of tourism (in rural areas), and on what actually happens `on the ground'. Further, this dissertation addresses the gap found between researcher's and the locals' perceptions of rural development.

This dissertation approached rural tourism development at the local level from an actor-oriented perspective. It conceptualized rural tourism development as a dynamic ongoing process, with various actors negotiating and struggling to obtain the most benefits. The actor-oriented approach makes it possible to analyze rural tourism development within a wider social, economic and political context. Meaning, that it was possible to get an account of the new political and policy reality in Slovenia, in which the old hierarchies and structures were very much still present.

The actor-oriented approach further made it possible to understand the strategies of the various local and external social actors who were involved in rural tourism development. The case study from Pisece shows that various actors had genuinely different perspectives of rural development, based on their various vested interests, values and opinions. This means that in Slovenia (as everywhere else) the rural tourism development process at the local level was a negotiated process, and was influenced by various social realities.

This line of thinking called for a more ethnographic exploration of different actors' social realities when collecting data. The author of this dissertation collected data during three years of qualitative field research (1994 - 1997) from extended, mainly unstructured interviews, life-histories, extended case-studies, interface and situational analyses.

The results show that rural tourism development in Slovenia is the domain of both local as well as external actors. This dissertation shows that a large segment of the population of Pisece was indirectly involved in rural tourism development at the local level. Only a few local actors had direct influence over the ongoing development process. The local social groups such as family clans, networks, and cliques were very important in obtaining and controlling access to the decision-making process for development. It is through these family clans, networks and cliques that various local actors become involved in various strategies to promote, control, reshape and make most of the internal and external interventions. The family clans in Pisece were, by definition, social groups based explicitly on kinship ties, while the local networks and cliques were built using other resources, such as religious orientation, political affiliation, value systems, and links to actors in positions of power in the local community and to external actors. These factors, importantly, influenced the exclusion and inclusion of actors from certain networks and cliques.

Social divisions in Pisece made it very difficult for actors to shift between the networks and cliques. This is not true, however, of the younger generation. The youth of Pisece appeared to have fewer social and political biases than the older generations, and were more willing to cooperate.

The local power structure and dynamics of social interactions in Pisece influenced the success of individual and more collective `projects'. Local power struggles finally ended in a stalemate, which could be only resolved by an outside intervention into Pisece's social reality. The intervention, when it occurred, gave the needed impetus to help proceed in the rural (tourism) development process. Intervention is never neutral, and soon after it took place, the negative impacts became apparent. Some external actors became enrolled in local `projects' by local brokers, while others started to pursue their own interests.

This dissertation suggests that both local organizing practices and local dynamics are vital to future planning for sustainable rural tourism development. The development and implementation of policies, and options for sustainable development of rural tourism should not only identify which tourism assets must be sustained and how, but more importantly how they should identify the various interests of the social actors, and the allocation of power at the various levels of decision-making. Finally, any discussion of sustainable development should take into account the political dimension of rural tourism development. These findings apply to all other forms of tourism development whether it be rural or urban.

This dissertation is one of very few to address the social and political dimensions of rural tourism development in Slovenia. It challenges contemporary methods and theories of investigating, describing and understanding the rural tourism transformation process at community level. The points raised will facilitate and improve rural tourism planning by increasing the understanding of the decision-making process that occurs at the local level. They will also contribute to maintaining the long-term viability of local, rural tourist destinations by helping us to strike a balance between local and external needs and interests, and to facilitate cooperation between different actors.

The challenge for further research will be to investigate, in more detail, how the above findings combined with expanded accounts of different actor strategies, can be articulated into more structuralist and functionalist interpretations. The hope is that if policy makers can understand findings easily, they will be more ready to apply them, thereby creating better links between local social realities and State policy realities.

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