Dear Centralparks and Central Europe friends,
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) has shocked thousands of people around the world since it first emerged in China last December.
It has compelled many governments to lock down their citizens to a degree unimaginable until recent times. It will probably cause the most brutal recession in history. In Europe, and around the world, governments are getting tougher, and the Carpathians, as the lungs of Europe, seem not to be immune. Biodiversity loss probably weakens our ability to combat pandemics or similar events and the deficiency of basic preparedness of individual countries might be an important obstacle for immediate and concrete responses. At this very sensitive stage of our lives, the Centralparks project would like to thank all those who are engaged on the front line contrasting the virus and assisting all those in need, wherever they are. We are sure that this time we are living in will affect our approach of carrying on our daily work, in such a way that no one gets left behind. Protecting Carpathian biodiversity, engaging as many people as possible and communicating to everyone will be vital for saving the lungs of Europe, the Carpathians.
We’re going to come out of this stronger than ever!
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Building management capacities of Carpathian protected areas for the integration and harmonization of biodiversity protection and local socio-economic development
The Carpathians belong to the most important European eco-regions. Biodiversity loss and increasing pressures threaten its outstanding natural values. Traditional approaches to resource management and nature conservation are no longer sufficient to guarantee long-lasting economic benefits and provision of ecosystem services.
Centralparks aims at improving management capacities of Carpathian protected areas. The project will support nature protection and local sustainable development, improve integrated environmental management capacities and policies, enhance transnational cooperation, and mitigate current threats and pressures to biodiversity. Policy support documents and tools, tailored for decision-makers and protected area managers, focus on enhancing biodiversity and landscape conservation, local sustainable tourism development, integrated nature conservation planning, habitat evaluation, ecosystem services, and communication with local communities.
Centralparks promotes joint actions for integrated management of biodiversity, including joint transnational thematic task forces, involving experts from Carpathian countries. The project will reconcile nature conservation and local socio-economic development in order to raise also the support and involvement of local communities.
Centralparks encourages transnational networking, aims at harmonizing approaches at the international level and will facilitate the harmonization of measures undertaken in border and transboundary-protected areas. Common strategies elaborated during the project will be submitted for the endorsement by the Carpathian Convention.
Project Partner meeting
23th July 2019
The first meeting of the Thematic Transnational Task Force on the Carpathian Ecosystem Services Toolkit took place in Bratislava, uniting Carpathian experts to start their joint work on developing a Carpathian Ecosystem Services Toolkit.
24-26th June 2019
The first meeting of the Thematic Transnational Task Force on communication between protected areas and local communities will provide platform for experts to start their joint work on effective communication of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development objectives.
16th April 2019
The official Kick-off meeting of the Centralparks project took place on 16-17th April in Bolzano, Italy. The expert meeting provided a platform for intense knowledge exchange through action plans, strategies and cooperation strategies that will provide guidance for the project.
1. European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen - Eurac Research (It) - Lead partner
2. The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic (SK) - Project Partner
3. NFA-Romsilva-Piatra Craiului National Park Administration R.A. (Ro) - Project Partner
4. Ekopsychology Society (PL) - Project Partner
5. Danube-Ipoly National Park Directorate (Hu) - Project Partner
6. Pronatur (SK) - Project PArtner
7. European Wilderness Society (AT) - Project Partner
8. Education and Information Centre of Bílé Karpaty Mountains (Cz) - Project PArtner
9. Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea – IMELS (It) - Associated Partner
10. Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic (SK) - Associated Partner
11. Ministry of Environment (PL) - Associated Partner
12. Ministry of Environment (Ro) - Associated Partner
13. DANUBEPARKS (AT) - Associated Partner
14. CEEweb for Biodiversity (Hu) - Associated Partner
15. European Beech Forest Network (De) - Associated Partner
16. Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (UA) - Associated PArtner
Centralparks unites 7 project partners from 6 Central European countries and 1 partner from Romania, Eastern Europe.
WP T1 points at facilitating knowledge and experience exchange of Carpathian protected area managers and experts for the joint development of innovative approaches to integrated environmental management, and effective solutions to common territorial challenges.
WP T2 uses international cooperation and experience exchange to address and share best practices in nature conservation management. A creative approach for habitat management planning is introduced through the exchange of innovative tools and methodologies for habitat mapping and evaluation.
WP T3 aims at providing possible answers on how to deal with the “driving forces” affecting Ecosystem Services. The ESS assessment will provide comprehensive information regarding the costs and benefits of environmental management decisions. The ESS Toolkit for will be adapted to Carpathian conditions as a supporting tool for analysis.