The Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) unites 7 Carpathian countries of Central and Eastern Europe in a unique partnership, providing a transnational framework for cooperation and multisectoral policy integration. It is an open forum for participation by stakeholders and the public, and a platform for developing and implementing transnational strategies, programmes and projects for protection and sustainable development of the region.
The Convention signed in 2003 and ratified in 2006 by its all 7 Parties is the only international legal framework for cooperation and multi-level governance mechanism covering the entire Carpathian region. In addition, it is the second sub-regional treaty-based regime for the protection and sustainable development of a mountain region worldwide, the first being the Alpine Convention.
What is Carpathian Convention Conference of the Parties ?
The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Carpathian Convention that gathers every 3 years in order to shape implementation of the Convention towards further strengthening sustainable development of the Carpathian region while ensuring the protection of biological,landscape and cultural diversity.
On 25 November 2020, the 6th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP6) will be held, and unlike usual physical meetings, the COP6 will be organized in an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless the new online format, the COP6 will convene representatives from the seven Parties to the Carpathian Convention together with many stakeholders from the region, as well as from the European and international levels, adopting a set of decision guiding the implementation of the Convention for the 2021 – 2023 period. At the COP6, Poland will assume 3-year Presidency of the Carpathian Convention, which will be held with a priority to strengthen cooperation with local and regional level as well as with the European Union, leading towards desired EU accession to the Carpathian Convention.
* The COP6 also served as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, the Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management, the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism, the Protocol on Sustainable Transport, and the Protocol on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development.
Background documents provide a great deal of information (meeting report, project information, briefings etc.) on the activities that have been carried out in the last implementation period (2017 – 2020) and shall be considered as supportive documents to the Progress Report for COP6 presenting a detailed overview of the activities under the Carpathian Convention.