Green Infrastructure

PROJECTS

Development of a Carpathian ecological network

The development of an ecological network in the Carpathians as a constituent part of the Pan-European Ecological Network is one of the most important objectives of the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians. The project supported the implementation of the Carpathian Convention by producing a Carpathian Biodiversity Information System as a base for the development of an ecological network for the Carpathians and by strengthening the capacities of the NGO network in the region.

Aims

The project aimed to support the implementation of the Carpathian Convention through the development and realization of a coherent transboundary ecological network as part of sustainable development in the Carpathians. The project focused its activities primarily in Romania, Ukraine and Serbia, with important extensions into the four Carpathian EU Member States, and it worked to prevent large-scale biodiversity loss throughout the Carpathians.

The project supported the implementation of the Carpathian Convention by producing a Carpathian Biodiversity Information System as a base for developing an ecological network for the Carpathians and by strengthening the capacities of the NGO network in the region.

Objectives

The immediate objectives of this project were to strengthen the capacities of the Carpathian EcoRegion Initiative (CERI) and to design a coherent transboundary ecological network.

Time frame

The project ran from 1 April 2006 to 1 April 2009.

Partners

The project was implemented by Wageningen International (part of Wageningen University) with the Carpathian EcoRegion Initiative (CERI) acting as Local Project Implementation Organization.  

  • Alterra
  • WWF-Danube Carpathian Programme
  • Orbicon
  • ECNC–European Centre for Nature Conservation
  • Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention
  • Daphne – Institute of Applied Ecology

Funder

The project was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality under the auspices of the BBI-Matra Programme.

Outputs

The final outputs of the project were the Carpathian Biodiversity Information System (CBIS) and an ecological network for the eastern part of the Carpathians based on the best available information concerning the distribution of biodiversity elements (habitats, species). The ecological network designed serves as an important tool for governments and the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention in the planning of sustainable development in the region.