Integration of biodiversity
conservation and sustainable
development in the Carpathian
region

This work package points at facilitating knowledge and experience exchange of Carpathian protected area managers and experts for joint development of innovative approaches to integrated environmental management, and effective solutions to common territorial
challenges. 

Within the work package, local task force groups were established, local action plans and strategies were developed and put to the test, workshops, meetings and trainings were organised and completion reports and recommendations evaluated the feasibility of the strategic tools.

Three thematic transnational Task Forces (TTTF) were established, each tasked with the joint development of strategic policy support documents and tools, which were tested though pilot actions in the next phase of project implementation. The involvement of protected area experts from all Carpathian countries enabled capitalisation on the exchange of information, experience, and best practices available in particular country. Moreover, these transnational expert groups enhanced networking on a European scale. 

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17-18th June 2019, Banská Bystrica, SK
TTTF Meeting on enhancing biodiversity and landscape conservation 

The work package, delivering the Strategy on biodiversity conservation outside and inside protected areas, and strategy for local
sustainable tourism development based on natural heritage of the Carpathians, as well as guidelines and training on communication with local communities facilitated the integration of biodiversity conservation and sustainable local socio-economic development, and improve environmental management capacities of the public sector entities responsible for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage (in particular PAs administrations). 

In the pilot phase of the work package, three activities were organised: pilot implementation of the strategy for enhancing biodiversity conservation in Hungary and Poland, pilot implementation of the Strategy for local sustainable tourism development in Poland and Slovakia, and last but not least a training on effective communication between protected areas and local communities in Poland. 

Work package achievements
O.T1.1 Carpathian strategy for enhancing biodiversity and landscape conservation outside and inside protected areas
O.T1.2 Strategy for local sustainable tourism development base on the natural and cultural heritage of the Carpathians
O.T1.3 Guidelines on communication between protected areas and local communities in the Carpathians
D.T1.3.3 Guidelines on communication between protected areas and local communities in the Carpathians
O.T1.6 Report of the training for Polish protected area managers on communication with local communities
O.T1.4 Pilot action completion report of the Carpathian strategy for biodiversity and landscape conservation outside and inside protected areas surrounding Pieniny National Park - PL version
D.T1.5.8 Local community Strategy 2022-2030 Magura National Park - PL language