... 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 meeting aims at bringing together stakeholders of the European macro regional strategies relevant for the territories of Central, South and Eastern Europe, for a discussion on the possible ways for mainstreaming and profiling mountains at a more regional level.
This two half days workshop will focus on the importance of macro regional strategies for the sustainable development of trans-boundary regions, taking into account the importance of mountains in linking different areas and environments within the European continent. Moreover, this meeting will be an opportunity for mountain stakeholder to exchange experiences and best practices in the field of sustainable development.
The results of this first meeting will be shared and presented at the upcoming meeting “Shaping the Carpathian Region in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)”, organized by the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC) at the margins of the Third EUSDR Danube Annual Forum on June 27 in Vienna, Austria.