Arching across the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary, and down to Romania and Eastern Serbia the Carpathian mountains are Central Europe’s last great wilderness areas. PA4LP is protecting this wilderness while also ensuring benefits to local people.
Working through the Carpathian Convention substantial progress has been made in meeting targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Here are a few highlights: Enhanced Protection - New Initiative for Establishment of PA Corridors.
Results from gap analysis encouraged new initiative for PA corridor in the Southern Carpathians, building on the existing PA network. Total area would be over 1 million ha.
Operational Regional Network - the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) officially set up.
CNPA, under the Carpathian Convention, is now up and running. The CNPA mid-term strategy has been adopted by the steering committee as of May 2010.
Economic Values of PA Recognized.
Economic valuation studies have been conducted at 2 Carpathian pilot sites (read the reports here: Part A and Part B).
Economic values of Maramures National Park have been incorporated into regional development plan for Maramures County, Romania. This is the first time economic values of PAs have been recognized as important elements for development in the Carpathians.
Human Capacity Increased - PA practitioners trained.
In 2010, over 40 protected area practitioners from all over the region were trained in the fields of management planning, sustainable tourism and community outreach. This included 13 PA trainers certifed as "Training Champions" - committed to training others and spreading knowledge throughout the Carpathian ecoregion.
Participatory Management Guidelines Developed.
Participatory management processes and guidelines are being developed and piloted in the region. These guidelines will help PA managers understand how to engage and work with stakeholders as part of management.
Management Effectiveness of PAs Tracked.
The Carpathian Protected Area Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (CPAMETT2) is now used by 50% of Carpathian PAs.
"The clearing house mechanism developed through the PA4LP project is an extremely useful tool for sharing best practices and experiences and to learn more from each other." Costel Bucur, Director of the Maramures Mountains Nature Park, Romania