Mission Carpathians


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Carpathian Moutains occupy 6.2% of Poland's area – but this is only a small part of a unique ecosystem that goes far beyond the borders of our country. For example, we can find here the largest number of primary forests in Europe. Guaranteeing the preservation of this region of biodiversity requires interdisciplinary activities, often carried out in a cross-border cooperation.

The Carpathian Convention adopted in 2006 is proving the natural uniqueness and cultural character of this area. It is the second document of this type in the world (after the Alpine Convention) and it creates a framework for cooperation between seven countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia) aimed at sustainable development of the region.

This cooperation is of a profound nature, covering issues such as resource management, biodiversity protection, spatial planning, water, agriculture and forestry, transport and infrastructure, tourism, industry and energy, cultural heritage, impact assessment and education.

Mountainous regions are struggling with the challenges which are typical for such areas. When we face them, we should keep in mind the most valuable assets of this region – its unique natural value, biodiversity and multicultural heritage.

The sustainable development of the Carpathian Mountains is possible thanks to activities such as promoting local products typical for a given area, developing sustainable tourism and traditional crops, rebuilding and preserving local biodiversity. We promote this type of activities as the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre from 2012, at the same time supporting local communities.

Thanks to the inter-sectoral cooperation in the area, participating local governments have the opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices, implemented by other local authorities facing similar development challenges. Thanks to integrated planning, they can preserve the unique beauty of this area for future generations.

In this process, local governments may also establish contact with civil society organizations raising awareness in terms of natural and local values ​​and engage local communities.

Thanks to the inter-sectoral character of the cooperation, companies can also join the promotion of Carpathian values. Thanks to the dialogue with residents, they can both implement corporate social responsibility in its ecological dimension, as well as create markets for local, high-quality products, contributing to strengthening the region's brand in the rest of Poland and on other markets.


Expert's support in the CARPATHIANS mission:

Patrycja Adamska



Selected, environmental areas of the SDGs are our focus in the MISSIONS of the Partnership "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". Those areas are devoted to the issues relevant from the perspective of the environment and life on earth, both locally and globally. Members of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" Partnership, implementing environmental MISSIONS by cooperation within initiatives and projects of the "TOGETHER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT". These activities support the fulfillment of tasks, which correspond with the environmental aspects of SDGs'.



We invite Partners Together for the Environment to get involved in the following initiatives:

Carpathians Unite


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