Slovenia’s exceptional natural beauty is a gift that it endeavours to protect, consciously and systematically. Green is the country’s dominant colour, thanks to its extensive forests and other areas of greenery. Because there are few countries in the world that are so green, and because Slovenia wants to conserve its nature for future generations, green tourism is being developed. In an era of unavoidable climate change, these efforts are even more vital.
Nature has woven a host of riches in this small piece of Europe. Centuries ago more than 90% of Slovenia was covered by forest. Slovenia’s trees are still its lungs, absorbing greenhouse gas emissions. But alone they are not enough. Alongside environmental conservation and energy efficiency, Slovenia is also promoting green tourism to minimise the impact on the environment.
The green, sustainable and responsible tourism being developed by Slovenia encompasses all aspects of sustainable development. This is reflected most evidently in good practice and in exemplary tour operators. To list but a few:
- European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN), which now include the Soča Valley and Solčavsko
- The daisy logo: the first tour operator in Slovenia to carry the daisy logo for environment-friendly tourist accommodation was Terme Snovik
- Ecological tourist farms: there are tens of ecological tourist farms producing food in a natural, environment-friendly manner
- The blue flag, which is awarded to beaches and marinas that offer guests the very best while consistently respecting the environment
- Green models: good practice in green behaviour and green services in tourism assessed by the Slovenian Tourist Board
People in different parts of the world look at green tourism slightly differently. If it seems to you that your Slovenian hosts are not doing enough for green tourism, or you have any better suggestions, please come forward with them. They will be grateful for any advice. You too play a part in this type of tourism, by acting properly and with awareness. Choosing green travel options means supporting local restaurants and hotels, buying local artisan products, and using the services of local inhabitants with the aim of helping the economy and minimising the adverse impact on the environment and the community. When travelling around Slovenia, choose public transport, and see the cities on foot or by bike. Cars produce four times as much carbon dioxide as a bus full of passengers. Trains are even more environment-friendly. Stay at an eco-hotel, where you can try local specialities made the natural way. Do not use lights or heaters unnecessarily.