ConnectGREEN International Conference and the 3rd CNPA Conference: Protected Areas in the Carpathians and beyond

From 28-30 September 2021, the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) Steering Committee, WWF, CEEweb for Biodiversity, and Eurac Research organised the ConnectGREEN International Conference on “Protected Areas - Cornerstones of Ecological Connectivity in the Carpathians and Beyond“ in Visegrád, Hungaryand virtually.  

The conference shed light on the recent environmental developments in the Carpathians and highlighted the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration for the identification, conservation and restoration of ecological connectivity in one of Europe's largest mountain ranges and beyond. Key stakeholders working in and around protected areas, came together to share knowledge, exchange experience and discuss new tools to improve and safeguard ecological connectivity.  

The three-day event also hosted the 3rd Conference of the Carpathian Network of the Protected Areas, which offered a platform to present best practices of protected areas management and facilitate a dialogue on further strengthening cooperation between and within the protected areas in the Carpathians and other regions. For more information about the speakers and agenda, as well as detailed report from the 3rd CNPA Conference, click here. 

The Conference in Visegraalso witnessed the closing of a Carpathian Convention flagship project – ConnectGREEN - Restoring andmanaging ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube basin (Interreg Danube Transnational Programme). Various successful project results and outputs  were presented.  

The closing act of the Conference was the adoption of a joint Conference Declaration: the participants agreed to call on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the national governments of the Danube-Carpathian region to drive the efficient management of ecological corridors to avoid further deterioration, restore their functionality and reverse habitat fragmentation 

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