Funding for nature conservation and development

The handbook Financing for Nature Conservation in the Carpathians and related materials provides an understanding and overview of selected significant funding sources available for supporting nature conservation, protected areas management and related local development across the Carpathian Mountains.
Fulfilling the ambitious aims of the Carpathian Convention will require significant financial support for everything from protected area management and conservation measures to awareness raising and nature-friendly development for local communities.

Fortunately, there are a number of not insignificant funding sources available to cover at least some of these needs. Gradual reforms have served to increasingly integrate environmental needs into a range of substantial EU funding sources, including e.g. into rural and regional development funds, which are available only to the EU Member States, but also into new funds that can be tapped by prospective EU member states and neighboring countries. There is also parallel support available to a number of the Carpathian countries from the governments of Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

However, which of these funds may be of interest and in what ways may not always be obvious. The purpose of the handbook is to help particularly stewards of high nature value areas, including Protected Area managers, NGOs and local communities and interested stakeholders, to navigate among these funding sources.

While the primary focus is on biodiversity and landscape conservation, much if not actually most of the contents of the handbook address inevitably related issues of sustainable local development.


The Handbook provides a general overview of EU and other selected major funding sources that are available across the Carpathians. References and links to further information are provided throughout the document.

A Presentation (powerpoint) provides an introduction to funding sources in the Carpathians and is available for use and adaptation e.g. by those giving trainings on the subject.

Country reports
describe the most relevant funding sources that are available in each country for different categories of funding needs. Country reports are initially available for the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary; further reports for Romania, Ukraine and Serbia will be added later, resources permitting.

Additional materials from country workshops are available in national languages, including brochures and factsheets as well as presentations.

This publication has been produced by the Carpathian Project under the INTERREG III B CADSES Neighbourhood Programme and co-financed by the European Union as well as the MAVA Fondation pour la Protection de la Nature as part of the WWF Protected Areas for a Living Planet Carpathian Ecoregion Project.

  •  / ©: Andreas Beckmann, 2006
    Financing nature conservation in the Carpathians -- click here for Article and workshop presentations (October 2007)

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