Natural deposits of mineral waters and hot springs are well known in central Europe. Their healing power is widely used and they are important drivers of local and regional economies in health care, wellness and tourism sectors. However, a common challenge is the sustainable management of mineral and thermal waters which on one hand are a basis for the existence of spas and on the other hand are a subject of various threats and pressures related to economic and urban development, mass tourism and careless sector policies.

The Healing Places project aims at a more sustainable development of spas by protecting the unique resources that constitute their basis. The partners will extend knowledge and awareness regarding the influence of various factors on underground water deposits by building multi-level and multi-territorial governance models of managing natural spa resources. A crucial element of the project will be the construction of common, innovative and web-based tool for the assessment of threats and pressures on mineral and hot water deposits.

HealingPlaces main objective is to improve current management practices of mineral & hot water and other valuable natural resources at SPAs.

HealingPlaces activities are grouped around 3 main themes: one is dedicated to environmental mapping and assessment, the second main theme covers the so-called pilot actions testing the newly developed solutions while the third one deals with the development of a common strategy for sustainable SPAs.

Joint methodologies are prepared to answer the following questions: What is the significance of SPAs in the regions concerned? What kind of environmental and socio-economic situation defines their role? And at the same time, what type of pressures threatens the valuable natural resources providing the SPA assets? This well-structured assessment process is strengthened by GIS sources helping the visibility of what we have and what we need to protect our values. In order to walk along the same path, partners are regularly trained to improve skills and competences. And last but not least, a widely applicable, easy-to-use computer tool is developed for the impact & environmental capacity assessment of further development of SPAs.

Using the results of the above activities, pilot actions are implemented; this helps the practical implementation of sustainable thermal water use in SPAs, ensuring the effective and rational use of identified resources, the protection of ecosystems while realizing social and economic functions.

For this purpose, different pilot actions are to be realized by partner regions and the various experiences gained will affect the upcoming step of the project process -, the creation of the joint strategy for sustainable SPA management. This document, the Integrated Strategy for sustainable management of SPAs’ most valuable natural resources, will serve as the core basis for partner regions to formulate their own regional sustainability plans to pave the way towards Central-European SPAs being in balance with nature, economy and our common future.



working meeting focusing on the natural healing resources of SPAs from the Jeseniky region, CZ.

Project partner Mendel University togther with Jeseníky - Tourism Association are inviting you to a working meeting focusing on the natural healing resources of SPAs from the Jeseniky region.

More information about the event here.



Project partner Razvojni center Novo mesto d. o. o. organizes the Conference on on Tuesday, February 2nd, and Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. via the Microsoft Teams web application.

More information about the event here.




Between 22nd and 25th of July, the Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing – SIR hosted a seminar to strengthen the skills of young spatial planners in the field of open space planning as part of the OpenSpaceAlps project, which is supported by the Interreg Alpine Space Programme. The seminar was also attended by a representative of HealingPlaces project partner Razvojni center Novo mesto which is a regional development agency in Jugovzhodna Slovenija.


 HealingPlaces project  at the General Meeting of the Jeseníky Mountains - Tourism Association

HealingPlaces project took part in the general meeting of the Jeseníky Mountains Tourism Association (associated partner in the project) which was followed by a round table meeting: "MUNICIPALITIES AND SPA JESENÍKŮ".



On 14th, 15th and 16th of June 2021 Razvojni center Novo mesto as HealingPlaces project partner organised a site-visit for project consortium and regional stakeholders in region Jugovzhodna Slovenija. The event was also an opportunity to host the third part of partners meeting and to discuss with wider audience about management issues in spa areas in Slovenia and Central Europe. The event organised in hybrid form with participants present on site and online. The event’s programme was focused on presentation of HealingPlaces project activities in pilot region Jugovzhodna Slovenija with emphasis on locations Dolenjske Toplice, Novo mesto, Otočec, Šmarješke Toplice and Klevevž which are characterised by spa resources.  


 “Thermal water – yesterday, today, tomorrow” - International expert meeting in Varaždinske Toplice, Slovenia

The meeting was held in the unique ambience of the Roman basilica at the archaeological site Aquae Iasae in Varaždinske Toplice. The meeting gathered both national and foreign experts in the fields of archaeology, geology and engineering who presented their recent research, especially in time of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More information about the meeting here.


5th Partners' meeting of healingplaces project

On 12th of April HealingPlaces project partners met on the 5th partners meeting to discuss and reflect on the project activities which are bringing HealingPlaces to an end. The meeting was hosted by partners from Novo mesto (Razvojni center Novo mesto) and organised online due to the epidemiological situation. 



The registration to the first Geothermal-DHC summer school “Coupling technologies to use low and medium depth hydrogeothermal energy” is now open!

HealingPlaces project is strongly related to hydrogeothermal energy so exchanging knowledge between different spheres such as geophysics, hydrogeology, environmental engeneering is of utmost importance. The 8-day summer school "Coupling technologies to use low and medium depth hydrogeothermal energy« will be held between 9 and 16 July 2021 in Slovenia and Croatia.


1st Meeting of the Regional Working Group for Sustainable Management of Healing Waters in Lower Silesia Health Resorts

On March 31, 2021 the 1st Meeting of the Regional Working Group for Sustainable Management of Healing Waters in Lower Silesian Health Resorts was held. It was organised, on-line, by project partner Institute for Territorial Development with the help of the Central Mining Institute, lead partner of the project. The meeting was attended by 9 external experts from regional scientific institutions and public administration, specializing on various issues related to mineral and thermal waters


Working meeting focusing on the natural healing resources of SPAs from the Jeseníky region, CZ

On 12.03.2021 Mendel University and Jeseníky - Tourism Association organized a working meeting focusing on the natural healing resources of SPAs from the Jeseníky region titled "PŘÍRODNÍ LÉČIVÉ ZDROJE LÁZNÍ JESENÍKŮ“ via ZOOM. 

Topics discussed were: The natural healing resources of the Jeseníky spas are an important phenomenon in Central Europe, which deserves special protection and use with respect to the principles of sustainability, Who and how uses, protects or potentially threatens these natural healing resources and How to improve their protection and at the same time not limit the developing tourism?


Focus on nature-oriented, sustainable spa developments in eastern hungary

On March 9, the Eastern Hungary Green Spa Network, hosted by the Hajdú-Bihar County Government and the BORA 94 Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Development Agency, held its first preparatory round table discussion. The participants were the head of the spas of the two counties, the mayors of the spa towns and the heads of the competent departments of the higher education institutions. 


Energy transition in Križevci meeting

On 17th February City of Križevci organized a meeting with representatives of the North-West Regional Energy Agency, Green Energy Cooperative and local energy cooperative, established by the citizens (Križevci Laboratory for Climate and Innovation). 


Regional conference on the potential of spa cities and regions in Slovenia

On Tuesday, 2 February and Wednesday, 3 February 2021, Razvojni center Novo mesto organized a two-day regional conference on health resorts and regions, which was held online due to the epidemiological situation.


HealingPlaces on BLUE WEBINAR SEALOGY Digital Preview, supported by the European Commission

On 20 November 2020 Technology Park of Pordenone SCPA and LAMORO Development Agency took part in the meeting on-line dedicated to the theme of awareness in water management.


live-streamed on-site walk in pilot site – Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia.

On Thursday, 12th of November 2020, project partner City of Križevci together with Associated partner LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, have organized a live-streamed on-site walk in pilot site – Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia. 


Project partner City of Križevci has organized first Regional Working Group on Wednesday, 11.11.2020.

During the meeting the role of Regional Working Group within the project task Integrated Strategy for sustainable management of SPAs natural resources was explained and there was a discussion on reports that were made within the project by Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar as they have shown some good and some bad sides in environmental issues in SPAs and its municipalities, good examples are Sveti Martin na Muri and Stubičke Toplice municipalities with highest level of sewage network and biological purifiers of the waste water.


HealingPlaces project presented during the conference "Common resources for common development, Cooperation of municipalities and spa companies"

The event was organized within the framework of Spa 4 Development project. Participants of the conference were local governments from SPA communities, representatives of SPA companies and representatives of the scientific world from the Polish-Czech borderland.


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project duration

Start Date

april 2019

End Date

march 2022

Project in numbers

total ERDF 1.779.930,43 euro

10 Partners

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