The Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians

The Carpathians are not just one of Europe's largest mountain ranges, a unique natural treasure of great beauty and ecological value, and home of the headwaters of major rivers. They also constitute a major ecological, economic, cultural, recreational and living environment in the heart of Europe, shared by numerous peoples and countries. The Carpathian region boasts a stunning landscape of great beauty that is rich in both wildlife and culture. Europe’s greatest reserve of untouched forest, it serves as a refuge for brown bears, wolves, bison, lynx, eagles and some 200 unique plants found nowhere else in the world. It also provides some of the continent’s cleanest streams and supplies of drinking water.

To protect the Carpathians´ wildness while helping its people improve their livelihoods, the region´s governments joined together in 2003 to adopt the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians.

The Carpathian Convention provides the framework for cooperation and multi-sectoral policy coordination, a platform for joint strategies for sustainable development, and a forum for dialogue between all stakeholders involved.

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