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.
28-30 September, Hungary.
Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic In cooperation with Czech Ramsar Committee and Carpathian Wetland Initiative organize International Course on Wetland Restoration (Czech Republic 5 – 9 October 2020) To support implementation of Resolution XIII.9: Ramsar Regional Initiatives 2019-2021, Resolution XIII.13: Restoration of degraded peatlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change and enhance biodiversity and disaster risk reduction A 5-day international course will take place in the Czech Republic in Krušné hory Mountains, Slavkovský les Forest Protected landscape Area (PLS) and Šumava National Park (NP). Intended to be the second of a series of such courses organized within the Carpathian Wetland Initiative region, this course is based on the good practice of courses organized on both the national and international levels, promoting the understanding and establishment of communication and cooperation among various sectors - land-users, nature conservation, water resource management, agriculture and forestry. Target group: Experts, scientists, biologists, project managers, project designers, technicians, farmers, employees who are involved in wetland, especially peatland, restoration, as well as to the personnel employed in state administration responsible for protection of nature, environment and sustainable use of natural resources associated with wetlands and shallow water bodies, and other relevant stakeholders. Participants: About 16 representatives of the target group from Carpathian countries Main topics of the course will be as follows: • Wetland restoration (meaning, possibilities, ways) • Experience with project preparation • Project evaluation The programme includes thematic study tour to the sites with implemented projects on wetland restoration in Krušné hory Mountains, Slavkovský les Forest PLA and Šumava NP. Participants will have the opportunity to see successful projects in situ and discuss phases of projects preparation and implementation as well as evaluation and suitable financial resources. The working language of the course will be English. Location: Krušné hory Mountains, Slavkovský les Forest PLA, Šumava NP, Czech Republic Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The course will be financially supported by the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, the participants are responsible to cover their travel expenses (to the Czech Republic and back) and accommodation (ca. 250.- EUR for the whole duration of the course). The accommodation during the course is arranged by the organisers. Organisers: Ms Libuše Vlasáková, National Focal Point of the Ramsar Convention, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ms Martina Eiseltová, National Focal Point of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention (email@example.com) Mr Ján Kadlečík, coordinator of the Carpathian Wetland Initiative (firstname.lastname@example.org) Deadline for application: 10 July 2020 Please ask for and send your application form to Ms. Libuše Vlasáková (email@example.com)
to support implementation of Resolution XIII.19 of the Ramsar Convention – Sustainable agriculture in wetlands This 5-day international course will address the role of wetlands and vegetation cover in the stabilization of the water regime in the landscape as a pre-requisite for sustainable land use. Together we will seek and discuss good examples of wetland use for agricultural production while preserving wetland integrity and sustainability in the long-term. The course will take place in two locations in the Czech Republic – the town of Třeboň which is 150 km south of Prague and at Jagava farm some 80 km north-east of Prague. Topics presented in lectures will be demonstrated in a number of field excursions. One of the excursions will take us to Austria. Who is invited to apply for participation Government officials, scientists and technicians; Persons who work in the field of wetlands, agriculture and those interested in sustainable use of natural resources associated with wetlands and shallow water bodies Fluent in English The course is primarily intended for countries participating in the Carpathian Wetland Initiative. We expect 14-16 participants. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. The course will be financially supported by the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, the participants are responsible to cover their travel expenses (to the Czech Republic and back) and accommodation (ca. 150,-EUR for the whole duration of the course). The accommodation during the course from Sunday 22 September till Friday morning 27 September is arranged by the organisers. Organisers: Ms Libuše Vlasáková, NFP of the Ramsar Convention, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ms Martina Eiseltová, NFP of the STRP of the Ramsar Convention, Crop Research Institute (email@example.com) Deadline for application (please use the application form attached): 10 July 2019 Please send your application form to Ms. Libuše Vlasáková (firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 300 participants from all over Europe will gather for the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” conference, taking place in Hainburg/Donau-Auen National Park, Austria from 28-31 May 2015.