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Inspiring discussion in the 1st Local Living Lab in Slovakia


On the 30th of May, the Prešov Self-Governing Region organised the first GREENHEALTH Local Living Lab in Slovakia, engaging in a rich discussion on the potential of GREENHEALTH activities in the area.
Institutions and organisations attending the Local Living Lab included:

  • Prešov Self-Governing Region
  • Aevis Foundation for Wild Nature
  • National Park Poloniny
  • Residential Care Home Domov v Poloninách
  • Lesna Pedagogika Slovakia / Forest Pedagogy – civic association
  • Astronomical Observatory at Kolonickie sedlo

Soňa Kožárová - Prešov Self-Governing Region - provided a contextual background to the audience to explain how the project fit in the Catching-Up Region Initiative.

Jana Szidorová - project manager of the GREENHEALTH -  Prešov Self-Governing Region - introduced the basic framework, outline and project activity plan as well as the role of the Local Living Labs.

After the presentations, the stakeholders themselves took the floor, introducing themselves, the institution they represent and how they could contribute to the topic.

Lesna Pedagogika Slovakia – one of the few institutions in Slovakia that focuses on the topic of positive impact of forests and nature on human health has a lot of data and analysis that can be a distinctive asset to the project.

Aevis Foundation has a strong expertise on sustainable tourism in conformity with nature conservation objectives.

The representatives of National Park Poloniny confirmed the interest in piloting GREENHEALTH activities in their territory.

Residential Care Home Domov v Poloninách expressed openness in developing activities for their residents.

Last but not least, the institution Observatory in Kolonice, specialised in night-sky observation, expressed its interest in being involved in the project both on theme of health benefits related to stargazing and of sustainable tourism opportunities.


Protected areas
Social protection
Sustainable tourism
Territorial development