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Central Mountains

Project overview

From the Alps to the Carpathians – strengthening governance models for sustainable development of mountain areas in Central Europe

The Alps and Carpathians are important natural corridors that connect many central European countries. Unfortunately, cooperation across borders often lacks a joint vision in mountain areas. To change this, the Central Mountains project designs and implements a joint strategy and regional action plans to create amongst others cross-border functional areas. By improving governance structures, processes and operations, the partners sustainably improve cooperation among Alpine-Carpathian regions.

2,33m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

7

Countries

10

Regions

11

Partners

6

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

35%

About the project

First and foremost, the "Central Mountains" project is willing to take advantage of the European community that we are a part of and that enables us to cooperate across a wide range of countries, regions and territories. We believe we have more similarities than differences, and that experiences gained in one territory can be transferred to another. With this ‘open mind‘ approach, the "Central Mountains" project will address and identifie challenges through capitalization, joint strategies, cross-border testing and territorial roll-out. This approach will be oriented towards improved governance structures and processes in mountain areas from the Alps to the Carpathians, including the Sudetes. Over time, all the actions undertaken within the framework will boil down to a series of paradigms that will lay a foundation for enhanced governance. Therefore, the project stays open for mountains areas from outside the Alps and the Carpathians as well.

Project partnership

Project partners

Polska (PL)

Lead partner

Rzeszów County

Jednostka samorządu terytorialnego (a local government unit)
Address
Grunwaldzka 15
35-959 Rzeszów
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.powiat.rzeszowski.pl

Project partner

Address
Pl. Kilińskiego 2
35-005 Rzeszów
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
https://www.karpacki.pl/
Total partner budget
358,480 €
Address
Bezručova 9
811 09 Bratislava
Country
Slovakia (SK)
Web
www.zmos.sk
Total partner budget
199,200 €
Address
Felvégi 53
3300 Eger
Country
Hungary (HU)
Web
www.karpatokalapitvany.hu
Total partner budget
205,060 €
Address
Zelená 182
251 62 Mukařov
Country
Czechia (CZ)
Web
www.regionalni-znacky.cz
Total partner budget
147,800 €
Address
Jana Kiepury 1/9
58-506 Jelenia Góra
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
www.krajobraz.edu.pl
Total partner budget
149,800 €
Institute for Regional Development
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano/Bozen
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
https://www.eurac.edu/en
Total partner budget
192,110 €
Address
13 13
34170 Gorizia
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.isig.it
Total partner budget
200,360 €
Address
Techendorf 90
9762 Weissensee
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
www.alpine-pearls.com
Total partner budget
208,420 €
Address
Hirschgraben 15
6800 Feldkirch
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
https://www.cipra.org/en/about/people/cipra-international-lab
Total partner budget
200,200 €
Address
Eroilor Blvd 5
500007 Brasov
Country
Romania (RO)
Web
www.judbrasov.ro
Total partner budget
184,000 €

Roadmap

1

Why we are here?

Mountain areas are specific with their own challenges. Even the well-developed Alpes are very heterogeneous with economic and demographic disparities such. These areas may also be very peripheral such as the Carpathians or the Sudetes. But at the same time these are regions with many assets or resources (including natural and cultural heritage). From the Alps to the Carpathians, let's meet, work and cooperate!

2

Specific problem

The Carpathians, Alps and Sudetes are located on border areas the lack of effective cross-border and transnational cooperation. This cooperation is crucial, since it the basis for the proper management of natural or cultural resources, steering the sustainable development of the whole chain of mountain areas and ensuring that the local communities are involved in the process (including youth involvement). Problems related to sustainable development in border areas of the Alps and the Carpathians cannot be solved by one country alone and require cooperation beyond borders.

3

Our idea

What if we mprove the governance models of mountain areas and cross-border cooperation?

4

Our solution

We want to strengthen and improve governance models in mountain areas of Central Europe, with particular emphasis on cross-border and transnational cooperation structures in order to solve common challenges for the sustainable development.

5

How will it work?

We will achieve long-term, sustainable cooperation across borders in mountain areas. Developing and improving cross-border and transnational cooperation structures is a key element to strengthen regional development and cohesion across borders. These structures will operate without dependence on the project cycles and EU funding.

News

Alpine-Carpathian Joint Strategy ready to use!

P4 Governance

NEWS

28.03.2024

Alpine-Carpathian Joint Strategy ready to use!

We encourage you get familiar with the Joint strategy for community-led sustainable development of mountain areas in Central Europe with a special focus on participatory governance prepared within the project. We hope it will be a document providing you a better look on the region and a project. ...

Project interregional meeting in Brasov (Romania)

P4 Governance

NEWS

22.03.2024

Project interregional meeting in Brasov (Romania)

The Central Mountains project interregional meeting convened in Brasov on March 18-19, 2024. This significant gathering brought together representatives from various institutions and associations deeply engaged in mountain areas sustainable development. Over the course of two days, participants engaged in dynamic discussions, exchanging insights and ideas on destination development, ...

Joint Strategy Workshop

P4 Governance

NEWS

11.02.2024

Joint Strategy Workshop

On 8th of February almost 70 stakeholders and actors participated in the workshop held online for dissemination and consultation of the Report of the Joint Strategy for community-led sustainable development of mountain areas in Central Europe. The meeting focused on topics related to the cross-border and participatory governance, which are ...

Study visit in the Sudetes

P4 Governance

NEWS

26.11.2023

Study visit in the Sudetes

On 21-22.11.2023 partners of the Central Mountains project were participated in the study visit organized by the Czech partner - Association of Regional Brands. Partners were staying in the Sudetes, and more precisely in the Krkonose Mountains, where they discussed management, communication and next project activities and got to ...

Let’s start

P4 Governance

NEWS

25.05.2023

Let’s start

Cooperation within the Central Mountains project has officially begun. On May 23-24, 2023, the Kick-off meeting was held by the Lead Partner - Rzeszów County.

Events

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Outputs

Strategy main page

Joint Strategy Report

Joint strategy for community-led sustainable development of mountain areas in Central Europe with a special focus on participatory governance. The document presents an analytical framework to assist community-based initiatives to upgrade cross-border participatory governance processes. It provides the basis for the preparation of Action Plans. The strategy was developed by EURAC, CIPRA and ISIG team with the support of other project partners.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

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Project Contacts

Project Manager

Dawid Lasek
Phone: 0048 17 852 52 05

Finance Manager

Malgorzata Steckiewicz
Phone: 0048691930716

Communication Manager

Anna Buk
Phone: 0048 17 852 52 05