Opportunities of Cross-Border Cooperation for the CNNP within the Carpathian Euroregion

The unique natural primeval forest ecosystems of the Carpathian National Nature Park, together with all the Carpathian forests, are called the «lungs» of Europe. More than 10% of the area of all Carpathians belongs to Ukraine. In addition, the territory of the Ukrainian Carpathians also creates a special ecological, economic, cultural, and recreational environment.

The Carpathian mountain range is the third longest mountain range in Europe after the Ural and the Scandinavian mountains. Starting from the banks of the mighty Danube, the Carpathians stretch through the territory of such countries as the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, and Serbia. Mountains are also a unique natural treasure, an important reservoir of biodiversity, the headquarters of major rivers, a favorable habitat and refuge for many species of plants and animals that are in danger of extinction, as well as the largest area with primeval forest ecosystems in Europe.

The Carpathian National Natural Park is the first and one of the largest national parks in Ukraine, protecting the last world’s wilderness areas. These areas have an ecological, historical, and aesthetic value. They are important for performing scientific researches, creating conditions for recreation and health improvement, as well as for the spreading an environmental awareness and environmental education.

We are located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, which is part of the Ukrainian-Romanian cross-border region of the Carpathian Euroregion.

The competitive advantages of our national park are:

availability of valuable natural resources

rich and unique cultural potential

opportunities for running business and establishing a fruitful partnership between private and public sectors.

We are ready to cooperate with all stakeholders, in particular national parks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational and scientific institutions, as well as business in order to promote the implementation of the main provisions of the framework convention «On sustainable development and preservation of the Ukrainian Carpathians»:

- conservation and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity

- sustainable and integrated management of water resources and river basins, taking into account hydrological, biological and ecological, as well as other features of mountain river basins

- sustainable forestry, taking into account the numerous functions of forests, the ecological importance of the Carpathian mountain ecosystems, as well as less favorable conditions in mountain forests

- sustainable tourism that benefits the local inhabitants and is based on unique nature, landscapes and cultural heritage, and will strengthen cooperation to this effect

- preservation and support of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge of local population

- raising environmental awareness and improving the public's access to information about the protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians and promoting relevant educational activities and programs.

Efforts aimed at the protection, preservation and sustainable use of the natural resources of the Carpathians cannot be achieved by only one country or one organization.

Let's save the Carpathians together!

To get more information on cooperation, please contact: [email protected]