The Alpine-Carpathian partnership: Looking back on 13 years of cooperation between protected areas
This brochure presents the long-term cooperation between protected areas in the Alps and the Carpathians that has officially existed since 2002, the International Year of Mountains. Following a political initiative, ALPARC has guided the creation of the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA), for which its own organisation served as a model. Also, many joint activities and exchange meetings have been organised during the last 13 years. In this publication an overview and evaluation of this partnership are given.   > download the brochure

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Cooperation with the Carpathian protected areas

Carpathian range

As well as the Alps, the Carpathian range represents an extraordinary richness in the point of view of landscape, ecology and natural and cultural heritage. This unique environment makes them of the main natural habitats in Europe, sheltering about 4000 plant species, of which one third are endemic, to the largest European population of large carnivores (bear, wolf, lynx) as well as one of biggest European forest regions.

 

Besides this natural diversity, this mountain range possesses also an extremely rich cultural heritage. Seven different nations with seven diverse languages have influenced the evolution of the countryside for hundreds of years. The Carpathian landscape has been formed by farming and pastoral activities over a long time and these transformation have resulted in the creation of numerous semi-natural habitats. Therefore, the land collectivisation as well as an important industrialization during the XXth century had a negative influence on the natural environment.

Carpathian Network of Protected Areas

Since its beginning, ALPARC supported the initiative of establishment of the network of protected areas, similar to the Alpine one. Different experiences of the nature protection in the Alps and in the Carpathians allow an important exchange between the managers of protected areas of both mountain ranges. Several themes were already treated during the meeting organized in 2004 and 2006 (establishment and management of the NATURA 2000 sites, integrated management of protected areas and tourism and sustainable development of protected areas).

The Carpathian Network of Protected Areas – CNPA – was officially established in December 2006 during the Ministerial conference in Kiev. ALPARC has created the communication tools (press release, Website , information brochure ), in order to facilitate the exchanges within this new organism.

Cooperation between the protected areas of the Alps and Carpathians

The establishment of a coordination unit of the CNPA, which is intended in the next months, would intensify the exchanges between the protected areas of both mountain ranges. Several topics are defined as priorities of cooperation within next few years, especially the fauna and large carnivores management, forest management, mountain population, agriculture and economy, environmental awareness raising as well as the creation of an ecological continuum between the Alps and the Carpathians.

Alpine-Carpathian Cooperation
Flyer summarizing the cooperation between the protected areas of the Alps and the Carpathians. It was published on the occasion of organization of two workshops for the Carpathian protected areas in 2006
Towards a Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. Final report.
The report examines the processes and actions used to establish the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. The first section describes the nature conservation structures in place in the Alps and the Carpathian mountains and also gives technical details about the partnership. Based on the responses to a questionnaire, the second section looks at the needs and expectations of the Carpathian protected areas in relation to the network's future.
The Carpathian Network of Protected Areas
This brochure presents the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas
CNPA: A contribution to the international cooperation strategy
 This brochure reminds all the activities leaded in the framework of Alpine-Carpathian cooperation since 2001 and set up the framework for the international cooperation of the newly established CNPA - Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. It is completed by a CD with all the publications edited for the CNPA as well as a report of the First CNPA Conference held in September 2008.