From 17th to 18th December 2018 the 9th meeting of the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee (CCIC) took place in Vienna. Following the Carpathian Convention progress and events since several years, the European Wilderness Society attended this event as an observer.
CC Working groups
The Carpathian Convention implements their objectives through the work of several working groups. For example for Biodiversity, Spatial Development, sustainable forest management or sustainable tourism. In particular the work done in the Biodiversity working group played an important part of the meeting. The European Wilderness Society is part of the Large Carnivore Working Group, a subgroup of the Biodiversity working group. The discussions on the numerous projects where the convention is involved presented another important task of the meeting. One of them is the Interreg project CENTRALPARKS, which is currently under evaluation. The European Wilderness Society is involved as a partner in this project.
Free Svydovets represented at the CCIC meeting
Free Svydovets initiative group was also present at the meeting. The Initiative group representative gave an updated on the current status of the planned construction of the Svydovets ski resort. He called on the Carpathian Convention to support the proper conduction of the Environment Impact Assessment of the recreational complex of Svydovets and to support the initiative group Free Svydovets. The Appeal from Free Svydovets initiative, stating the need and importance of the international support of the Carpathian Convention, was sent to the Secretariat of the Convention.
Sustainable Tourism Centers
Heads of Carpathian Sustainable Tourism Centers also participated in the event. More active work of the Centers is planned for the coming years.