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

Project Partner meeting

May 2020, Slovakia, venue tba

News & Events

7-9th October, 2019


Centralparks At the Youth Green conference

Recently, Centralparks was presented at the Youth Green Conference, where 60 young Austrian and Ukrainian students discussed the importance of the Carpathians and its protection.

17-19th September 2019


Workshop on innovative conservation planning methods

Cooperation for innovation!
Centralparks partners and nature conservation experts gathered in Szokolya, Hungary to discuss innovative methods in conservation planning.

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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.