CarpathCC Workshop, 21st – 23rd March, Sovata

JR Cristian – Andrei IOSIF

During 21st  and  23rd of March, in Sovata (Mures County) was held  the second workshop in the framework of the CarpathCC project.

The aim of the CarpathCC project is to analyze the Carpathian Region vulnerabilities to climate changes, this aim, together with proposing a portfolio of measures, represent the starting point of the project. A cost-benefit analysis was made for the following ecosystems: wetlands, grasslands, forests, in order to choose the most feasible measures for ecosystems adaptation to climate changes:

The project consortium consists of 7 partners, the coordinator being Environmental Regional Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), with the support of Aquaprofit Consulting, receiving a valuable contribution from the National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (INCDPM) – Romania, from the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (INHGA) – Romania, from Arcadis Belgium N.V., from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) – Germany, from Centre for Agricultural Research - Hungary, from Hungarian Academy of Sciences (CAR HAS), and also from Artelia Eau & Environment - France.

The main aim of this workshop was to inform the local stakeholders regarding the project evolution so far, and also to present the preliminary results related to the climate changes impact and the focal areas vulnerability to those.

The CarpathCC project holds great importance for Romania as almost 50% of the Carpathian Mountains are located in Romania, hence effects of climate changes could have significant effect on the country economy. In the light of this, out of the total focal areas, 3 of them being located in Romania are represented in the project:

Fig. 1. Map representing the focal areas location (source

The National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection (INCDPM) already performed studies for the first 2 Romanian focal areas (Rodna-Maramures and Târnava Mare)

The workshop objectives were:

The most productive part, regarding the results, is represented by the Working Groups activity:

1. WG1 for focal areas: Rodna Mountains and Maramures Mountains areas (national parks) focusing on forest habitat type

Fig. 2. The WG1 results presentation made by the INCDPM representative, IOSIF Cristian Andrei

2. WG2 for focal areas: Tarnava Mare Area  (Sighisoara,  Targu Mures) focusing on seminatural grassland habitat type

3. WG3 for  focal areas :  Iron Gates National Park focusing on wetland habitat type

4. WG4 for  focal areas :  Djerdap National Park focusing on tourism

Mainly, the discussions regarded the threats posed by climate change on each habitat and on the ecosystem services and also the implementation feasibility of selected adaptation measures.

As a conclusion, the importance of this workshop consists in establishing future directions regarding the project implementation. It is also important that a connection between the stakeholders and the project partners was created through the working groups for each focal area.

Fig. 3. Site visit in Balauseri (place connected to Tarnava Mare focal area)

Information regarding the project and also the invitation for the workshop organized in Sovata were published in the Romanian press by the INCDPM team who participated on this project, below being more details about this: