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Brief description of the project
The aim of the project KRASCAVE
is to reduce the risk of contamination of drinking water source in the ecosystem of the Krásnohorská jaskyňa Cave, through the implementation of innovative activities and thus contribute to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) on the local level. The proposed measures should serve for reducing the risk of damaging of fragile ecosystem, dependent on the groundwater quantity and quality. By detailed monitoring of groundwater quality and quantity, calibrated computer models of existing and anticipated interactions of biotic and abiotic components of the underground landscape of the Krásnohorská jaskyňa Cave will be developed. A functional prototype of a device, providing protection for drinking water used for public supply of the population suffering from the effects of turbidity occasionally occurring in water should be tested and installed in the underground hydrological system of the cave. Increased public awareness about the vulnerable underground karst ecosystem and securing the groundwater resources should be raised through the project website and number of activities connecting the local community and both general and scientific public. The main beneficiary is the State Geological Institute of Dionýz Štúr. The project is supported by the financial instrument LIFE+ and contribution of Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic. [more about project KRASCAVE...]