With its distinct cultural and natural heritage, the region of Polish Carpathian Mountains is a unique place in Poland and in Europe. However, its geography and climate is a source of economic and social problems. The goal of the Carpathian University of Public Participation project is to involve the local population in the process of development planning based on the Carpathian Convention. Six Consultation Councils were established with representatives of all stakeholder groups: local governments, youth, teachers, senior citizens, non-governmental organizations, village heads, business etc. Council members received training and advice to build their civic participation capacity. The project was implemented in partnership with the Carpathian Covenant and Information Centre "Green Dossier" and under the auspices of the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention. This will ensure expose to best practices in other countries and project results will be promoted in all Carpathian Convention countries.
Ecopsychology Association, ul. Grabina 6/18, 34-840 Zakliczyn (Poland), +48 604 936 349, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ekopsychologia.pl
Carpathian Partnership "Carpathians Our Home" (Poland), http://www.porozumieniekarpackie.pl
International organisation "Information centre "Green Dossier" (Ukraine), http://www.dossier.org.ua