Southwest Carpathians


Photograph by Ted McGrath

Southwestern Carpathian Landscape: Safeguarding Europe’s largest Wilderness Area for the wellbeing of communities

Project Context and Aim

The Southwestern Carpathians (SWC) is a vast and ecologically diverse region, boasting stunning landscapes and large wilderness areas. Extending over 700,345 ha north from the breathtaking gorge of the Danube River, this area is home to unique geological features and biodiversity including brown bear, grey wolf, Eurasian lynx and European bison. Pressures from the unsustainable use of natural resources, as well as climate change, are increasing and the project aims to secure the area for the long-term by providing crucial information and resources for effective management. This will be accomplished by establishing a framework for involving the community in resource management, gathering data to support restoration and development goals, and engaging stakeholders in co-creating a visionary action plan for the region’s future.

Project Partners

Aqua Crisius Anglers Association
Conservation Carpathia Foundation/FCC
Milvus Group
Ornithological Society Romania/SOR RO
Retezat Tourism Association/ATR
Natura 2000 Coalition Romania

Quick Facts

ELSP funding

US$ 100,000

Duration of grant

October 2023 - March 2025

Lead Organisation

Natura 2000 Coalition Romania Foundation

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