Open Borders for Wildlife in the Carpathians Project Public Consultation Launched | WWF
Open Borders for Wildlife in the Carpathians Project Public Consultation Launched

Posted on 11 March 2020

Deadline March 29, 2020
 WWF Central and Eastern Europe and its partners launched The Open Borders for Wildlife in the Carpathians Project public consultation platform. The role of this platform is to bring together relevant stakeholders from target countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine) who want to actively contribute to harmonise the methodology for identifying and designating the ecological corridors of cross-border interest, create a monitoring report on large carnivores (bear, wolf, lynx) and develop a set of management measures for ecological corridors of transboundary interest.
 
Solutions to biodiversity loss in the Carpathian Region must include cross-border cooperation. We invite all interested parties to consult existing documents and to register in order to contribute to this consultation process. The current public consultation process (opened from 2.03.2020 until 29.03.2020) aims to receive suggestions for improvement for the harmonised methodology for identification and designation of ecological corridors of transboundary interest.
 
You may access the public consultation platform here: https://www.openbordersforbears.com/index.php/en/consultation-process/.
Details on the project you may find on project website: https://www.openbordersforbears.com/index.php/en/
 
For more information:
Alexandra Puscas,
Project Manager,
WWF-Romania
apuscas@wwf.ro
 
Background
Central and Eastern Europe is home to over a third of the approximately 12,000 wolves, 17,000 bears and 9,500 lynx living in Europe, excluding Russia. An estimated 8000 brown bears live in Central and South-eastern Europe. These ecologically critical, strictly protected and culturally significant mammals are threatened not only by illegal hunting, but also by increasing fragmentation and shrinkage of their habitats brought about by the construction of roads and other infrastructure. Despite challenges, in recent years large carnivore populations, particularly wolves, have expanded both within our region and to other parts of Europe - often putting them into closer proximity with humans and leading to new challenges.
 
Open Borders for Wildlife in the Carpathians will address some of these issues by creating stronger regional cross-border cooperation on sustainable development, biodiversity and landscape conservation in the ENI Carpathians (border area of Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine). The project partners will work to maintain and improve ecological connectivity between habitats, as well as to maintain ecosystem services for the benefit of local communities, regions and society in general. The project targets preservation of common natural values on a landscape level, demolishing the negative effects of borders on habitats.
 
The project is funded under the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine, ENI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. Project partners include WWF-Romania – Maramureş Branch as lead beneficiary, the Slovak Ornithological Society/BirdLife, NGO RachivEcoTur (Ukraine) and Aggtelek National Park (Hungary).
 
An estimated 8000 brown bears live in Central and South-eastern Europe.
© Sanchez & Lope / WWF
Solutions to biodiversity loss in the Carpathian Region must include cross-border cooperation.
© Staffan Widstrand / WWF