Carpathian protected areas managers and stakeholders to discuss future cooperation | WWF

Carpathian protected areas managers and stakeholders to discuss future cooperation

Posted on 18 April 2013    
The High Tatra National Park near which the conference takes place
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Tatranská Javorina, Slovakia - Representatives of protected areas and other stakeholders from the Carpathian Region will meet in Slovakia next week to exchange experience and ideas for future cooperation.

The Second Conference of the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas is organized by the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas Steering Committee, together with other partners from 23-26 April 2013 in Tatranská Javorina, High Tatra National Park area.

At the same meeting venue the BioREGIO Carpathians project Midterm Conference is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme Vienna – Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention on 23 April 2013.

During the two conferences, distinguished keynote speakers will discuss a variety of perspectives on approaches and issues regarding the network of protected areas, such as the governance of protected areas, the science behind conservation, and the role of NGOs.

Among others, speakers will include representatives from the European Commission, DG Environment, the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC), and the Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA).

A number of workshops on different topics, such as sustainable financing and connectivity and continuity, will be organized.

The Carpathians host Europe’s largest area of old-growth forests as well as the largest remaining natural mountain beech and beech-fir forests ecosystems. The Carpathians are the last region in Europe to support viable populations of large carnivores like brown bears, wolves and lynx. The unique diversity of habitats of the Carpathians makes them a haven for globally threatened species such as the European bison, the Tatra Mountain chamois and the Imperial eagle.

WWF's work in the Carpathians
WWF has been promoting protected area designation and management in the region as well as support for the establishment of the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas.

WWF has been working for the identification and protection of high conservation value forests in the Carpathians and has been the leading force for responsible forest management, providing training and assistance for FSC certification.

WWF is also promoting a major initiative to protect the Southwest Carpathians as Europe’s premier wilderness area.

About BioREGIO Carpathians project
The project BioREGIO Carpathians aims at enhancing the integrated management of protected areas and natural assets of the Carpathian Mountains. Sustainable regional development will be promoted and ecological connectivity will overcome legal and ecological barriers while considering transboundary and transnational needs. BioREGIO Carpathians is an EU project which is co - funded by the ERDF within the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The CNPA Conference is organized within the BioREGIO Carpathians project and the project interim results will be presented at the Medium Term Conference.
The High Tatra National Park near which the conference takes place
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