Chair WG 1

Tihana Stepinac Fabijanic

  • Tihana Stepinac Fabijanic

    Tihana Stepinac Fabijanic

    Born in Samobor, Croatia, May 16, 1953. Married and mother of twins (1981).

  • Ethnology and Social Anthropology researcher, Rijeka Institute, Croatian Academy of Science and Arts (since 1980).
  • Degrees in ethnology, English language and literature, Zagreb University, Faculty of Philosophy.
  • Vice president, senior consultant and project manager for ICAM (International Centre of Anthropology Motovun), a Croatian NGO.
  • Current vice-president of the European Council for the Village and Small Town (ECOVAST) and vice-president of the Croatian Section of ECOVAST.
  • Involved in numerous environmental, heritage interpretation and revitalization projects, promoting ideas for the sustainable development of rural areas in Croatia and elsewhere in Europe.
  • Special interest in vernacular architecture and its use in development of sustainable tourism.
  • Participated at a number of international and domestic conferences on related subjects, with publication of papers and research works.


1990, Zavicajni park Istre /  Regional Park of Central Istria. (Proposal for an International Pilot- project,  ICAM).

1992-1995, Zavicajni park Istre, Institut for Tourism,  Zagreb  (scientific elaboration).             

1991-1994, Management Plan for the Conservation of  Cres - Losinj Archipelago, World Bank Project, - Report: Plan gospodarenja prirodnom i kulturnom bastinom otocja Cres-Losinj. Drzavna uprava za zastitu okolisa, Odjel za Jadran - Rijeka (1996.)

2000-2004, Putevima bastine - S obje strane rijeke Kupe /  Heritage Trails - On Both  Sides of the River Kupa. (Cross-border Coop.Project with Slovenia,  ICAM, Ministry of Tourism,Croatia).

2003-2004. Identifikacija i valorizacija krajobraza na području Makarske/Biokova; Identification and Valorisation of Makarska/Biokovo Landscape, ECOVAST Guide to Good Practice – European Landscape Convention (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Culture,Town of Makarska)-Leader

2003-2006. KEC (Karst Environmental Conservation), World Bank Project for Biodiversity Preservation (Gorski Kotar & Velebit Area), Ministry of Culture, Dep. Nature Protection

2004-2005. ALO Project for Sustainable Development of  Rural Regions in Croatia (US AID), University of  Georgia, University of Zagreb, ICAMNGO Rijeka.    

2007- ECOVAST Project: Small Towns in Europe/Croatia.

Tihana Stepinac Fabijanic
Vice President ECOVAST International
Croatia, 51000 Rijeka
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