... 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 Conference will bring together stakeholders from all the Carpathians to inform them about the Final Draft of the Strategy for the Sustainable Tourism Development of the Carpathians ready for adoption at the Ministerial Segment of the 4th meeting of the Conference of Parties of the Carpathian Convention (COP4), taking place on the 26 September 2014.
The stakeholders will discuss ways and means of implementing the strategy and how toconnect it to other cross-European initiatives.
We welcome all representatives of governments, NGOs, businesses and international organizations to the conference.
For any inquiries please contact Ms. Martina Voskarova at email@example.com.
Participants planning to attend any of the segments, side events or excursions of the 4th Conference of the Parties, 23 – 26 September 2014, Mikulov, Czech Republic, shall in order to secure their entrance badges register (click here to register) as soon as possible but at the latest by the 31 July 2014.