Carpathians Unite – Mechanism of Consultation and Cooperation for Implementation of the Carpathian Convention

Tourism Project

Title in original language: Karpaty łączą – mechanizm konsultacji i współpracy dla wdrażania konwencji karpackiej

Country/ies: Poland, Switzerland
Status: Closed after Sept 2014
Category: Projects and initiatives for sustainable tourism development
Link to the Tourism Strategy: Objective 1 - Establish supportive conditions for sustainable tourism products and services, including development of a marketing scheme for the promotion of the Carpathians as a unique sustainable tourism destination objectives of the strategy
Duration of the project: 2012–2017
Objectives and results of the project:

The objective of the project is the protection and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity of the Polish Carpathians by supporting the implementation of the provisions of the Carpathian Convention.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Carpathian Convention and its comprehensive approach which stipulates integrated planning and resource management, and the necessity to take into consideration the objectives of conservation and sustainable use of biological and landscape diversity in sector policies - the actions of the Project are implemented in different domains relevant to the conservation and sustainable development of the region. Therefore, the Project combines the actions aimed at the conservation of habitats, the maintenance of sustainable use of land in the Carpathians, preservation of the traditional land-use patterns and local breeds of farm animals with the actions that foster sustainable development of tourism, enhance public participation in implementing the Convention and facilitate access to the information on natural and cultural heritage of the region. The implementation of the Convention is of crucial significance for the areas located in the basins of rivers which originate in the Carpathians and flow into the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea.
The Project, carried out in Małopolska and Podkarpacie Provinces of Poland, is targeted at local self-governments, non-governmental organisations, local entrepreneurs and farmers as well as scientists, nature conservation services and tourists.

Implementing organization / institution:

UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, ul. Sobieszyńska 8, 00-764 Warszawa, Poland, +48 22 840 66 64,,

Project partners:

University of Geneva, Department of Geography and Environment (Geneva, Switzerland)
Ecopsychology Association (Zakliczyn, Poland)
Polish Country Office of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Warsaw, Poland)
Tatra-Beskidy Cooperative of Producers “Gazdowie” (Leśnica, Poland)
"Green Beskid" Local Tourist Organisation (Gorlice, Poland)

Total amount of the project: CHF 2,222,093 (EUR 2,034,326; PLN 8,888,372)
Financing institution(s): National, regional, local government or institutions
Name of program(s): Swiss Contribution to the Enlarged European Union