Four main interest groups contributed to the development of the common vision of landscape interpretation in the municipality of Vrsar: the gastronomy group, the outdoor activity group, the public sector group and the civil sector and SMEs group. The tourism sector stakeholders have been distributed into different groups among the ones mentioned.
The first local co-design workshop was directed to SMEs in restauration and tourism from Vrsar and surrounding. The participants advanced very practical proposals to develop an integrated gastronomic-landscape offer. They proposed to develop a vegan offer and an organic food offer, to fund a seed bank of autochthon seeds, to foster the production of Hazelnut liqueur, foster Kontija corner – an assortment of products from Kontija forest, and integration of hunting tourism and game meat gastronomic offers.
The outdoor activity stakeholders agreed on the need to protect the perceptive elements of the landscape as the sense of connection between man and nature, the views of the slopes of the Lim Bay, the deep forest and its wilderness and the peace and quiet of this area.
The public stakeholders group identified the points of interest and the perceptive elements of the area like the dark sky, acoustic wildlife soundscape, views of the slopes of the Lim Bay and the sense of connection between man and nature. Among others, the public stakeholders agreed that multisector cooperation is needed for a quality selection and valorization of elements of natural and cultural heritage with the aim of interpreting the landscape of the area for educational and tourist purposes.
The civil sector and SMEs in the tourism group identified the shared values of the area: tranquillity, peace and quiet, wildlife, testimonial of the relation between man and nature from prehistoric time. They proposed two itineraries that are in line with his vision: the oral knowledge itinerary and the silence itinerary.
The conclusions of every stakeholder group were shared will all the participants that took part in this participatory process. Final conclusions were then drafted: all stakeholders agreed to cooperate on preserving the peace and quietness (nature soundscape) of the forest Kontija, on the valorization of the connection between the well-being of nature and humans, on the valorization of learning experience through heritage and finally on the valorization of the experiential and sensory perception of the importance of nature preservation.