Related Groups and Initiatives


Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA)

With Decision 14 the COP1 established the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) and constituted a thematic network of mountain protected areas in the Carpathians. Its Steering Committee is composed of the Focal Points for the CNPA designated by each country of the Convention.

The work of the CNPA under the Carpathian Convention supports and develops necessary activities for the implementation of the Carpathian Convention and especially its Biodiversity Protocol.

The CNPA reports to the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee through the Secretariat of the Convention.


The Carpathian Wetlands Initiative (CWI)

Initiated by the Slovak Republic on the occasion of the World Wetlands Day in February 2004, the CWI has been established in order to contribute to the implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and UN Environment Vienna – SCC.

CWI operates as a Regional Initiative within the framework of the Ramsar Convention and, at the same time, as a part of the work of the Carpathian Convention. CWI is aiming to facilitating the collaboration between the two Conventions and its Parties in their effort in conservation and wise use of wetlands in the Carpathian region.

The implementing body of CWI is a Board composed of the National Focal Points delegated by the Parties to the Carpathian Convention.