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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
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.
20/05/2006 - Leaflets Alpine-Carpathian Cooperation
Available only in English
01/09/2007 - Brochures The Carpathian Network of Protected Areas
Available only in English, with additional information in Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Serbian or Hungarian.
01/11/2004 - Dossiers Final report - Towards a Carpathian Network of Protected Areas
Towards a Carpathian Network of Protected Areas. Final report.
Publication : 2004
Number of pages : 80
Available in English.
19/03/2009 - Brochures 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.
This brochure is available only in English.