A large project which will extend for several years, about the importance and role of the protected areas in times of climate change started in the beginning of this year.
Three approaches on the role of the protected areas will be developed within the project:
1. Integration of measures for the climate protection in the management plans of the protected areas: mobility, ecological construction, tourism. Mitigate the climate change is not often the priority of the protected areas. The main aim of this activity is to propose to the parks a list of recommendations for the adaptation of their work plans, in order to increase the efficiency of climate protection.
2. Protection of biodiversity in times of climate changes: the example of large carnivores. The global changes (especially the land use and climate change) will more and more influence the biodiversity and will cause changes in the repartition of species. Moreover, the example of large carnivores is symbolic for the Alpine-Carpathian cooperation.
3. Public relations and awareness rising of managers, visitors and local populations of the protected areas on the topic of climate change will be important in the activities of visitor centers. The principal domain of intervention of the protected areas is the communication with the public – inhabitants and visitors. A common strategy would help to integrate the climate change issues in the visitor centers.
The project will run till 2012 and during this first year we should define the priorities of the cooperation for the next 2 years. Also, the results of this first phase will serve as basis for the following activities.
For more information: CNPA website