Strengthening the cooperation between Alps and Carpathians

On the occasion of a round table at the Ukrainian Ministry for Regional Development on 20 February 2018 in Kiev SG Ambassador Markus Reiterer presented the experience of the Alpine Convention in sustainably developing mountain areas. Although situated in different socio economic contexts the Alps and the Carpathians face similar challenges, among which climate change and out-migration rate as the most important ones. 

A lively discussion with Vice Prime Minister Zubko, members of the Ukrainian Parliament, heads of regional administrations of the Carpathians and the Austrian Ambassador in Ukraine turned about mountain farming, the role of forests for the prevention of natural hazards and development options for sustainable tourism. SG Ambassador Reiterer emphasized that “using the various potentials of greening the economy can give the sustainable development of mountain areas a considerable push”. The presentation of governance models for mountain policies in Austria and in France by the Permanent Secretariat was of particular interest, as the Ukraine is currently developing a new mountain law. 

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