Dear Centralparks and Central Europe friends,

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been affecting people all around the world.

It has compelled many governments to lock down their citizens to a degree unimaginable until recent times. It will probably cause the most brutal recession in history. In Europe, and around the world, governments are getting tougher, and the Carpathians, as the lungs of Europe, seem not to be immune. Biodiversity loss probably weakens our ability to combat pandemics or similar events and the deficiency of basic preparedness of individual countries might be an important obstacle for immediate and concrete responses. At this very sensitive stage of our lives, the Centralparks project would like to thank all those who are engaged on the front line contrasting the virus and assisting all those in need, wherever they are. We are sure that this time we are living in will affect our approach of carrying on our daily work, in such a way that no one gets left behind. Protecting Carpathian biodiversity, engaging as many people as possible and communicating to everyone will be vital for saving the lungs of Europe, the Carpathians.

We’re going to come out of this stronger than ever!

Keep up to date on our website!

CE1359 Centralparks: Building management capacities of Carpathian protected areas for the integration and harmonization of biodiversity protection and local socio-economic development

The Carpathians belong to the most important European eco-regions. Biodiversity loss and increasing pressures threaten its outstanding natural values. Traditional approaches to resource management and nature conservation are no longer sufficient to guarantee long-lasting economic benefits and provision of ecosystem services. 

Centralparks aims at improving management capacities of Carpathian protected areas. The project will support nature protection and local sustainable development, improve integrated environmental management capacities and policies, enhance transnational cooperation, and mitigate current threats and pressures to biodiversity. Policy support documents and tools, tailored for decision-makers and protected area managers, focus on enhancing biodiversity and landscape conservation, local sustainable tourism development, integrated nature conservation planning, habitat evaluation, ecosystem services, and communication with local communities. 

Centralparks promotes joint actions for integrated management of biodiversity, including joint transnational thematic task forces, involving experts from Carpathian countries. The project will reconcile nature conservation and local socio-economic development in order to raise also the support and involvement of local communities. 

Centralparks encourages transnational networking, aims at harmonizing approaches at the international level and will facilitate the harmonization of measures undertaken in border and transboundary-protected areas. Common strategies elaborated during the project will be submitted for the endorsement by the Carpathian Convention. 

Upcoming events

Centralparks Final Conference in Wieliczka, Poland

23-24th March 2022

Alpine and Carpathian Biodiversity Forum

15-17th December, 2021

News & Events



Centralparks partners met in Visegrád

On 30th of September, after a long-awaited time filled with online discussions, Zoom presentations and workshops in the virtual realm, Centralparks partners were able to meet again physically in Visegrád, Hungary. 



Centralparks training in Poland

The main objective of the training was to raise the capacities, knowledge and skills of Carpathian PA managers and regional nature conservation authorities



Meeting of Stakeholders of the Carpathian Convention

On the 16th of September, the Czech partners of the Centralparks project are organising an important event – the Meeting of Stakeholders of the Carpathian Convention 2021. The gathering will take place from 16th to 17th September in Nová Lhota in the White Carpathians, Czechia. 



How Centralparks uses LiDAR

Centralparks partners use LiDAR in the selected pilot area to measure the distance with the use of laser rays from a plane. Scientists point these lasers in the direction of the Earth-Centerpoint to surface modeling from the generated point-cloud.  


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Project Partnership

1. European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen - Eurac Research (It) - Lead partner

2. The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic (SK) - Project Partner 

3. NFA-Romsilva-Piatra Craiului National Park Administration R.A. (Ro) - Project Partner 

4. Ekopsychology Society (PL) - Project Partner

5. Danube-Ipoly National Park Directorate (Hu) - Project Partner

6. Pronatur (SK) - Project PArtner

7. European Wilderness Society (AT) - Project Partner

8. Education and Information Centre of Bílé Karpaty Mountains (Cz) - Project PArtner

9.   Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea – IMELS (It) - Associated Partner

10.   Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic (SK) - Associated Partner

11.  Ministry of Environment (PL) - Associated Partner

12. Ministry of Environment (Ro) - Associated Partner

13. DANUBEPARKS (AT) - Associated Partner

14. CEEweb for Biodiversity (Hu) - Associated Partner

15. European Beech Forest Network (De) - Associated Partner

16.  Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (UA) - Associated PArtner

Project Partners

Centralparks unites 7 project partners from 6 Central European countries and 1 partner from Romania, Eastern Europe.