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Braslovce Highway plan, Slovenia


The conflict refers to the placement of the expressway that will connect isolated regions in Northern Slovenia with major road links. The positioning of the road caused disagreement with the local population because they feel there is a better route than the one currently selected. In the Braslovce mini-region this problem relates to the fact that the current route runs over the best agricultural land and through important nature conservation areas, instead of on the edge of the valley. Similar conflicts and issues are occuring almost through the entire length of the road.

Basic Data
Name of conflict:Braslovce Highway plan, Slovenia
Location of conflict:Braslovce
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Transport services
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2007
Relevant government actors:Ministry of Transport, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Civilna iniciativa Braslovce - Braslovce Civil Initiative,
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Soil erosion
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Deaths
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Negotiated alternative solution
Strengthening of participation
Development of alternatives:Braslovce Civil Initiative
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The project is expected to go through like it was mentioned to be. There is little hope, that some changes, for which local civil initiatives are struggling, will be applied.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Civil Initiative for developing of Koroška region
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Braslovce Civil Initiative
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Ministry for infrastructure and spatial planning: Plan of highway (Slovenian)
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Contributor:Lidja Zivcic
Last update17/09/2014
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