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Wolf Mountains in the Carpathians

Securing at least 100.000 hectares of wild areas in the Eastern Carpathians.

Stag in the San river (Arolla Film)
Stag in the Wolf Mountains.
One of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas is located in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Bordering Poland, Slovakia and the Ukraine, the “Wolf Mountains” stretch across a wide area, mainly covered with beech and fir-beech forests, valley meadows, high mountain meadows and natural river ecosystems. Many mammals like wolf, brown bear, lynx, wild cat, European bison and beaver live here. The area is also home to an impressive number of birds (e.g. lesser spotted eagle, golden eagle and ural owl) and plants.
Today, the Wolf Mountains face many challenges. Hunting and logging threaten this biodiverse area and its wealth of species, habitats and natural processes. Even protected areas and national parks are affected by economic use. Moreover, fragmented landownership complicates the designation of new protected areas.
We want to protect and safeguard the Wolf Mountains for future generations. Therefore, we support our national partner, the Aevis Foundation, in their effort of creating a 100.000 hectare conservation area around the Slovak/Poland/Ukraine border. In addition, we support the development of ecotourism as well as the marketing of locally produced products to strengthen the local communities. Communication and public relations are an important component of the project.

Together with our partners the Aevis Foundation, the European Nature Trust (TENT) and the Wild Europe Initiative we form a strong network. FZS will be responsible for project planning and consulting.

What we do to support the Wolf Mountains

  • Help with the expansion of National Parks and their protected core zones (it is aimed to reach at least 100.000 hectares of wilderness areas)
  • Improvement of the National Parks conservation work
  • Establishing a sustainable local economy (e.g. ecotourism, creating a regional brand for locally produced foods and goods)
  • Planning and implementing information campaigns to raise awareness for the outstanding value of the Carpathian wilderness