Municipality of Idrija - Slovenia

The Municipality of Idrija was founded in 1994; since then conservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage have been considered very important. For centuries Idrija with its mercury mine was regarded as the center of scientific and technological progress in the region. History of mining in Idrija dates back to year 1490. It was the second oldest and biggest mercury mine in the world but it was closed in 1995 due to commercial, geological and ecological reasons. Because of the importance of mining representing also a cultural link to the rest of the world, Idrija is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage under the title: "Idrija on the Mercury Route of the Intercontinental Camino Real", awaiting a final decision on (nomination: Heritage of Mercury, together with Almaden, Spain) enlisting the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. The Municipality staff is experienced in project managing. Moreover, Idrija was one of INTERREG IIIB DIAMONT Project's Test Regions: this ensures a sound and useful stakeholders' familiarity with participation processes. Municipality is also engaging external experts and cooperating with ZRC-SAZU.