Carpathian ESD: Strengthening the ESD Network in the Carpathian Convention via scence - policy - practice interface

Duration: 2021 – 2024

Lead Partner: Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention

Funding: Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) provided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany

Project description

Based on the recommendations provided by the S4C and the First Carpathian ESD Seminar, the Carpathian Convention Secretariat, with support from the parties, and in close collaboration with the Science for the Carpathians Network (S4C), ESD experts from Hungary and Poland, as well as from Leuphana University Lüneburg, is working to identify how to best facilitate the establishment of an active Carpathian ESD Expert Network and embed it into the Convention structure.

In order to establish a Carpathian Network of ESD experts, which could eventually play a role similar to that of an official Working Group of the Carpathian Convention, it was necessary to develop a process on several levels:

  • bring together experts from the Carpathian countries that are interested in ESD and willing to collaborate on a longer-term basis
  • jointly develop a vision of the relevance of ESD-focused work under the Convention and a strategy for implementing ESD activities, linked with other fields of work of the Convention
  • involve ESD experts in developing and implementing concrete ESD-related activities in cooperation with the Convention Secretariat and the Convention partners
  • support continuous coordination and collaboration with the focal points of the Convention in order to ensure links between the ESD work and other Convention areas, and to jointly agree on and establish the best way of integrating a potential expert group into the Convention.

In order to facilitate sustainability of the above steps, it was important to further strengthen science-policy-practice interface in the field of ESD in the Carpathians and to attract state-of-the-art knowledge to this process, in order to support linkages between the ESD process and nature protection and sustainable development activities in other thematic areas of the Carpathian Convention.

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*The project Carpathian ESD: Strengthening the ESD network in the Carpathian Convention via science-policy-practice interface was funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and by the German Environment Agency.

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