The Carpathian Wetland Initiative implemented the project Ramsar Culture Network Development in the Carpathian Region submitted by the Ramsar Convention and financed from the MAVA Foundation. Project was implemented in 3 months (November 2017-January 2018) and its aim was to identify wetland sites important from cultural point of view (archaeological sites, historical sites, legends, songs, poems related to wetlands - rivers, springs, peatlands, wet forests, mystic places, traditionally used sites, landscapes, not necessarily at Ramsar sites) in the region. It gathered primary information on this topic from the area of Slovakia, Ukraine, partly Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Serbia.

We would like to present you a sample of material and non-material cultural elements identified during a rapid inventory in Carpathian countries.

Publication of Carpathian Cultural Heritage in Wetlands [pdf]
Map of Identified Cultural Values of Wetlands in the Carpathian Countries [jpg]
Filled in Questionnaires on Ramsar Cultural Heritage in the Carpathian Countries [zip]?

As an interest in this topic is high and there is more room for further research, we attach a Questionnaire as a basis for data collection. Please feel free to use it when you come across yet another aspect of wetland cultural heritage in the Carpathians. We welcome any inputs to further develop this study.

Questionnaire based on the Ramsar Guidance on Rapid Cultural Inventories for Wetlands [docx]

BioREGIO Carpathians

BioREGIO Carpathians was a transnational cooperation EU project co-financed under the 2nd call of the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, priority area "Protection and Improvement of the Environment". It had a total budget of 2,202,888.77 € of which the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contribution was 1,872,455.45 €. In addition to this, the partnership benefited from the contribution of a partner from Serbia whose budget was 200,000.00 € granted by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. The project duration went from January 2011 till June 2014.

The project was aimed at enhancing the integrated management of the Carpathian protected areas and natural assets in a transnational context and thereby increasing the attractiveness of the region.

CWI handbook: CWI handbook [pdf]
Read more: BioREGIO Carpathians [pdf]
To find out more about the BioREGIO Carpathians project please visit the project website:
Integrated management of key natural assets in the Carpathians [16MB, pdf]
Final publication [8MB, pdf]

Network of Carpathian Protected Areas and Ramsar Sites

In the Carpathians the efforts to jointly protect the wetlands start to be organized since September 2003, when a Norwegian-Slovak project “Network of Carpathian Protected Areas and Ramsar Sites” was launched. The project’s main idea was networking of Carpathian protected areas and Ramsar sites and inter alia improving the representation of Carpathian wetlands in the Ramsar sites database.

Read more: Network of Carpathian Protected Areas and Ramsar Sites [pdf]