Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation is the main national professional organization in the field of nature conservation. It was established in 1999 by the Nature Conservation Act. Seven regional units provide high-quality coverage of the terrain on the entire territory of Slovenia. The work of regional units is rounded off by the Central unit, which is responsible for coordination, unity of methods and uniform functioning of the Institute outwards and inwards.

The Institute devotes special attention to the most valuable natural parts of nature, and the most threatened areas and species. The Institute educates and raises awareness about the importance of nature conservation and the sustainable coexistence of man and nature. In addition, it is dedicated to various national and international projects enhancing nature conservation.