|Opis:||In the master's thesis we investigated the presence of agroecological practices in Central Slovenske gorice. Agroecology includes sciences, farming methods, social movements to strengthen self-sufficiency and adaptation to climate change, based on the concepts of ecology, local resources, tradition, diverse stakeholders and multifunctionality. It includes the supply of quality food, raw materials, products and services in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Therefore, in addition to agriculture, it is important to develop non-agricultural secondary activities such as crafts, tourism and education. In this thesis, we investigated agroecological practices, which we defined as means or concrete arrangements for the implementation of agroecology.
Initially, based on scientific literature, we defined the concept and described agroecological practices in the form of a spreadsheet. We then researched the understanding of the concept in Slovenia with a review of literature and sources of Slovenian scientists. Furthermore, we checked the state of agroecology and the listed agroecological practices from the literature on field. Thus, we carried out a focus group with the representatives of the regional development agency, with which we explored the understanding and implementation of the concept in Central Slovenske gorice. Descriptive data was also collected with field censuses, using our own application, which we developed with the Survey123 for ArcGIS tool. We identified and enumerated agroecological practices in the spreadsheet and on the map.
We have discovered that agroecology covers a wide range of practices that are useful with planning farms or agricultural landscapes, characterized by the challenges of low self-sufficiency and unfavourable effects of climate change. Some of the practices are already being implemented at the level of individual farms and at the level of the selected province, although there are opportunities to implement additional practices, thus contributing to sustainable development and strengthening self-sufficiency.|