... one-third of all European vascular plant species can be found in the Carpathians? That means almost 4,000 plant species, and 481 of them are found only in the Carpathians!
… Gerlachovsky Peak (2,655 m altitude) in the High Tatras in Slovak Republic is the highest peak of the Carpathians?
… the European Union’s largest populations of brown bears, wolves, lynx, European bisons and imperial eagles (globally threatened species) are found in the Carpathians?
… 36 national parks, 51 nature parks and protected landscape areas, 19 biosphere reserves and 200 other protected areas are member of the Carpathian Network of Protected areas
… there are 36 registered UNESCO World Heritage sites and 49 important pilgrimage destinations in the Carpathian area?
… the number of hotels in the Carpathians has increased by nearly 60% in the last ten years?
… the Carpathians contain the continent's largest remaining natural mountain beech and beech/coniferous forest ecosystems and the largest area of pristine forest in Europe (outside Russia)?
... the Carpathians are the largest, most twisted and fragmented mountain chain in Europe? They are Europe’s largest mountains by area.
… in the 1970’s, about 1,000,000 people worked in the mining sector in the Carpathians? Today, the number of employees in this sector is about 340,000.
… the Carpathians were put on the WWF ‘Global 200’ list of major ecoregions in need of biodiversity and habitat conservation?
… more than half of the Carpathians are covered by forests? The Carpathian forests are a vital link between the forests of the north and those of the west and south-west of Europe.
The international conference on the Benefits Beyond Inscription: Leveraging the UNESCO Brand for Sustainable Tourism Development in Central European Regions, will be held under auspices of the Ministry of Environment and the City of Bardejov on 5 May 2017 in Bardejov Spa, Slovak Republic
One of the panel discussion will be dedicated to the World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism in the Carpathians
The aim is to present Carpathian World Heritage and its potential for sustainable tourism. It will look for possible synergies between UNESCO World Heritage - Sustainable Tourism Programme and the UN Environment in the framework of the Carpathian Convention, which could materialise in a Memorandum of Cooperation, to be possibly signed during the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention, 10 - 12 October, Lillafured, Hungary, bridging the two events and conveying a message of the importance and benefits of the cultural and natural heritage for the region.
Check the background paper for the Carpathian Panel discussion - WORLD HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE CARPATHIAS
For more information about the conference please visit the Conference website