The Carpathians cover an area of about 209,000 km2 which is home a population of 17 million. The highest peak in the Carpathians is the Gerlach in Slovakia at 2,655 m. The Carpathian range extends from Austria to Serbia, covering most of Slovakia and Romania and parts of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. The Carpathians form a natural bridge between western and eastern Europe for species migration and genetic exchange. They contain some of the most intact ecosystems and are home to a wealth of indigenous species. The Carpathian landscape has largely been shaped by a long tradition of mountain agriculture and sheep farming. Today these traditional occupations are in decline because of economic development and increasing pressures on the natural environment. However, five Carpathian countries have now joined the European Union, which should increase the potential for sustainable development through new environmental policies.
Cooperation on conservation and between protected areas is becoming ever more essential. The network will respond to the need for cooperation and coordination – for example by facilitating thematic exchanges to identify key issues and creating joint instruments. The Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) was created in December 2006 as a means of implementing the Carpathian Convention and has increased the potential for cooperation within the massif and with neighbouring mountain areas.
Volume 1 Issue1 2014
BIOREGIO FINAL CONFERENCE 2014/06/12 - 2014/06/13 Poiana Brasov, Romania Dear colleagues and friends, We are pleased to announce our BioREGIO Carpathians project final conference, which will take place in AnaHotels Sport, Poiana Brasov on the 12th and 13th of June 2014. The BioREGIO closure event will be organized back to back with the final event of the UNDP-GEF project “Improving the financial sustainability of the Carpathian System of Protected Areas”.
Prague, the Czech Republic 20.02.2014 The Carpathian Network of Protected Areas Steering Committee (CNPA SC) meetings will take place in Prague, the Czech Republic on 20 February 2014 back to back with the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committe meeting (18 - 20 February 2014).
The project about the role of the protected areas in times of climate change continues in its second year.