Our projects

In order to foster the implementation of the Convention and its Protocols the Interim Secretariat of the Carapthian Convention facilitates, participates and sometimes leads projects and initiatives within the Carpathains and beyond.

Following an overview over the most relevant projects the interim Secretariat has participated or is currently involved in:

 

BIOREGIO Carpathians - Integrated management of biological and landscape diversity for sustainable regional development and ecological connectivity in the Carpathians

Duration: 01.01.2011 - 01.12.2013
Lead Partner: NFA (National Forest Administration) ROMSILVA Piatra Craiului National Park Administration (Romania)
Funding: South East Europe - Transnational Cooperation Programme
Project website: www.bioregio-carpathians.eu

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About: BIOREGIO Carpathians is aimed at enhancing the integrated management, sustainable use and development of the Carpathians protected areas and natural assets (including Natura 2000 sites) in a transnational context and thereby increase the attractiveness of the region, to improve its connectivity and continuity.

Partnership: AUSTRIA -UNEP Vienna – Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention; WWF DCP (Danube Carpathians Programme); CZECH REPUBLIC - Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection; Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic; HUNGARY - Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate; Szent István University; Ministry of Rural Development; ITALY - EuropeanAcademy Bolzano/Bozen, Institute for Regional Development and Location Management; Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea; POLAND - PolishAcademy ofSciences,Institute ofNature Conservation; Ministry of the Environment, Department of Nature Protection; ROMANIA - NFA (National Forest Administration) ROMSILVA Maramures Mountains Nature Park Administration; Iron Gates Natural Park Administration; Regional Environmental Protection Agency Sibiu; Ministry of Environment andForest; SLOVAK REPUBLIC - State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic; National Forest Centre; Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic; SERBIA - Public Enterprise Djerdap National Park; Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning; UKRAINE - The State Agency for Protected Areas; Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine.

CARPIVIA project: Carpathian integrated assessment of vulnerability to climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation measures

Duration: 2011 - 2013
Lead Partner: Alterra-Wageningen University and Research Center
Funding: European Commission
Project website: www.carpivia.eu

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About: The CARPIVIA project aims to assess the vulnerability to climate change of the main ecosystems and ecosystem based production systems in combinaison with other anthropogenic pressures in the Carpathian region. Based on this vulnerability assessment, it will produce an inventory of climate change impacts and potential and already implemented ecosystem-based adaptation measures.

Partnership: ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation; ECORYS;  Grontmij and WWF-Danube Carpathian Program. Close cooperation is sought with the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention).

“Big Foot. Crossing generations, crossing mountains”

Big Foot

Duration: 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012 (partnership asked for extension until 30.06.2013)
Lead Partner: Comune di Gubbio – Gubbio Municipality, Italy
Funding: Lifelong Learning Programme (GRUNDTVIG - GMP)
Project website: www.bigfoot-project.eu

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About: Big Foot aims to establish intergenerational learning and dialogue in the mountain areas, enabling, transmitting and valuating the skills and knowledge of the older generation of locals, combining traditional knowledge with modern communication tools and expertise in order to enable creative and productive joint solutions for local sustainable development.

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ALPSTAR - "Toward Carbon neutral Alps - Make best practice minimum standard!"

Duration: 01.07.2011 - 31.03.2014 (33 months)
Lead Partner: Government Office of the Republic of Slovenia of Climate Change, Slovenia
Funding: EU Alpine Space Programme - 3rd Call
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About: ALPSTAR aims to encourage preparation and implementation of cross-sectoral strategies and action plans and of proven good practice measures toward carbon neutrality on regional and local level in the Alpine region.

Partnership: AUSTRIA - Land Vorarlberg (VORARLBERG); UNEP Vienna -  Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention; FRANCE - CIPRA France; Rhônalpénergie-Environnement (RAEE); GERMANY - Verein Alpenstadt des Jahres e.V. (ALPINE TOWNS); Ökomodell Achental e.V.(ÖKOMODELL); ITALY - Accademia Europea Bolzano (EURAC); SLOVENIA - Posoški Razvojni Center (PRC); LIECHTENSTEIN - Amt für Wald, Natur und Landschaft (AWNL); SWITZERLAND - Amt für Raumentwicklung und Geoinformation des Kantons ST. GALLEN.

C3-Alps "Capitalising Climate Change Knowledge for Adaptation in the Alpine Space"

Duration: 01.01.2010 – 31.12.2014 (36 months)
Lead Partner: Umweltbundesamt GmbH (Austria)
Funding: EU Alpine Space Programme - 3rd Call
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About: C3-Alps will synthesize, transfer and implement in policy and practice results of previous Alpine Space climate change adaptation projects.

Partnership: AUSTRIA - Umweltbundesamt GmbH; Amt der NÖ Landesregierung; Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung; Z_GIS Zentrum für Geoinformatik; UNEP Regional Office for Europe - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention; FRANCE - Université de Savoie; GERMANY - Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Gesundheit (StMUG); Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern; Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg; ITALY - Regione Veneto, Directorate for Forests and Parks; Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale (ARPA) Piemonte; Accademia Europea di Bolzano (EURAC); Autonome Provinz Bozen; ARPA Veneto; Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici S.c.a r.l. (CMCC); SLOVENIA - Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije (UIRS); LIECHTENSTEIN - Fürstentum Liechtenstein, Amt f. Wald, Natur & Landschaft; SWITZERLAND - Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU); Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald.

Access2Mountains - Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Sensitive Areas of the Alps and the Carpathians

Duration: 01.05.2011 – 01.04.2014 (36 months)
Lead Partner:
Environment Agency Austria
Funding:
South East Europe - Transnational Cooperation Programme

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About: Access2Mountains aims to achieve durable and environmentally friendly tourism, as well as to ensure accessibility and connection to, between and in sensitive mountain regions of the Alps and the Carpathians, tourism representing a major challenge for today's rural and urban environments.  With the long-term perspective of increasing sustainable tourist mobility, railway and multimodal connections will be improved and attractive offers created via different actions.


Partnership: AUSTRIA -Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology; National Park Gesäuse; National Park Steirische Eisenwurzen; Mostviertel-Tourism Ltd.; Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention; Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; Lower Austrian Transport Organization Association; Central Alliance Austria; Tourist board Alpine Region Gesäuse National Park; BELGIUM - European Federation of Museum and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAILIVZW); HUNGARY - NORDA Regional Development Agency of NorthHungary Nonprofit Ltd;ITALY - University of Camerino; European Academy Bozen/Bolzano – Institute for Regional Development and Location Management; Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea; POLAND - Rzeszow Regional Development Agency; ROMANIA - Country Center for Tourism Information MARAMURESINFOTURISM; SLOVAK REPUBLIC - Agency for the support of Regional Development Kosice; SLOVENIA - Ministry of Transport; MONTENEGRO - Office for Sustainable Development, Montenegro; SERBIA - Timok Club; Regional Champber of Commerce Zajecar; Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Department for Tourism; UKRAINE - Carpathian Foundation Ukraine.

AKK - Alpine Carpathian Corridor

Duration: 01.12.2008 – 01.06.2012
Lead Partner: Regional Government of Lower Austria
Funding: EU Slovak-Austrian Cross-border Cooperation Programme
Project website: www.alpenkarpatenkorridor.at

 


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About: The aim of the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor project is to safeguard the ecological connectivity between the Alps and the Carpathians, within the Centrope region. The project shall strengthen conservation management for the protected areas along the Alpine Carpathian Corridor and neighbouring habitats. The project also wants to trigger a sustainable development which considers the requirements of both man and wildlife.

Partnership: AUSTRIA - UNEP Vienna - ISCC, Asfinag, University of Applied Sciences BOKU, Nationalpark Donau-Auen, WWF Austria, Weinviertel Management; SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NDS a.s., Slovenská technická univerzita, Štátna ochrana prírody SR - Správa CHKO Záhorie; CZECH REPUBLIC - DAPHNE Institute of Applied Ecology.

ClimAlp Tour – Climate Change and Tourism in the Alps

Duration: 01.07.2007 – 01.09.2011 (36 months)
Lead Partner: Regione Veneto (Italy)
Funding: EU Alpine Space Programme - 3rd Call
Project website: www.climalptour.eu

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About: ClimAlp Tour is a science-based approach to tackle the impacts of climate change on Alpine winter tourism (closely related to climate variations, especially snow precipitations). It aims to make Alpine centers an interesting destination in all seasons, and to provide adaptation strategies usable by civil services.

Partnership: AUSTRIA - Universität Innsbruck (UIBK); United Nations Environment Programme in Vienna; FRANCE - Institut de la Montagne - Université de Savoie; GERMANY - Alpenforschungsinstitut GmbH (AFI); Hochschule München, Fakultät für Tourismus; ITALY - Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare (MATTM); EURAC Accademia Europea di Bolzano (EURAC); Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani Piemonte (UNCEM); Istituto per l'Ecologia e l'Economia Applicate alle Aree Alpine (IREALP); Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta, Assessorato Territorio Ambiente e Opere pubbliche, Direzione Ambiente (RAVA Env); Regione Autonoma valle d'Aosta, Direzione Turismo (RAVA Tour); World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); SLOVENIA - Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske Akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Geografski inštitut Antona Melika; SWITZERLAND - Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Forschungstelle für Freizeit, Tourismus und Landschaft, Institut für Landschaft und Freiraum; Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale Valais, Institut Economie & Tourisme; Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur, Institut für Tourismus- und Freizeitforschung.

CLISP – Climate Change and Spatial Planning in the Alps

Duration: 23.11.2007 - 31.08.2011 (36 months)
Lead Partner: Umweltbundesamt GmbH (Austria)
Funding: EU Alpine Space Programme - 3rd Call
Project website: www.clisp.eu

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About: Climate change will affect spatial development, land use, socio-economic activities and life-sustaining ecosystem services, in the Alpine Space more severely than in other European regions, and severe weather extremes are expected to cause a variety of adverse climate change impacts, but may also present new opportunities. Thus, CLISP aims to contribute to climate change adaptation by providing climate-proof spatial planning solutions.

Partnership: AUSTRIA - Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung, Abteilung Raumplanung; Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung 16 - Landes- und Gemeindeentwicklung; Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Raumordnung; GERMANY – Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie, Abteilung Landesentwicklung; United Nations Environment Programme, Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention; ITALY - Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare; Accademia Europea di Bolzano; Provincia di Alessandria; SLOVENIA - Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije; SWITZERLAND - Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung, Strategiegruppe Politik des Ländlichen Raumes; Graubünden, Amt für Raumentwicklung; LIECHTENSTEIN - Fürstentum Liechtenstein, Ressort Umwelt, Raum, Land- und Waldwirtschaft.

Carpathian Project - Protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians in a transnational framework

Duration: 09.2005 - 08.2008
Lead Partner: UNEP Vienna - ISCC, Austria
Funding: EU INTERREG IIIB CADSES Neighbourhood Programme
Project website: www.carpathianproject.eu

 

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About: Historically, mountain regions in remote border areas are marginalised. However, experiences demonstrate theat they also have a potential for development if the rich natural and cultural heritage is used appropriately and preserved for the future. The central objective of the project is to integrate European spatial development policies and management of the fragile mountain ecosystems of the Carpathians in a transnational context, while cooperating with local and regional stakeholders, and analysing typical constraints of mountainous regions in the context of economic transition and European integration. It will deliver strategies and best practices for protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians while safeguarding its natural and cultural heritage.

Partnership: POLAND - RTI Polska; Podkarpackie Voivodeship; UNEP/GRID-Warsaw; Institute of Urban Development; Institute of Spatial and Cadastral Systems Ltd.; HUNGARY - Academy of Sciences - Centre for Regional Studies; CEEWEB/OETE; SLOVAK REPUBLIC - REC Slovakia; Academia Istropolitana; ITALY - Retecamere; EURAC; GREECE - Prefectural Authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi; AUSTRIA - Austrian Institute of East and Southeast European Studies; WWF DCP; CZECH REPUBLIC - Palacky University Olomouc; GERMANY - ISF Munchen; ROMANIA - INCD Urbanproiect Bucharest; UKRAINE - International Charitable Foundation “Heifer Project International”.