... 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 Workshop, organized by UNEP Vienna - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention with the assistance of the European Academy Bolzano, aims at further profiling the Carpathian Region in the EUSDR, and at providing inputs to the consultation process on the implementation of the Strategy and its Operational Programme 2014-2020.
During the workshop we would like to present and discuss the specificities, problems, challenges and opportunities of the Carpathian countries' and regions to make sure that they will be considered in the framework of the EU macro-regional policies and funding programmes. We would also like to discuss the interaction with other macro-regional strategies relevant for the Carpathian area, such as the Alpine and the Baltic Strategies, suggested by the European Council in the “Conclusions on the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region” on 13 April 2011.
Workshop will be organized within the 3rd Annual Forum EUSDR 2014 at the Vienna City Hall on 27 June 2014 from 12.00 to 13.00