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Late Winter Scene, The Polish Carpathians 2015, photo: Ł. Beluch

Science for the Carpathians Newsflash


Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 – Feedback needed
CENTRAL EUROPE: New call for proposals opened
Forum Carpaticum 2014 Proceedings now available


The first quarter of 2015 has been a very busy time for most of the S4C members.  Many of our colleagues are currently working on the chapters of the New Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020. At the same time, input from those who are not directly involved in draft writing, is needed.  So, now is a good time as any for comment and improvements of the document! In order to make the commenting easy, we have proposed several different options for your feedback - please find the details below.  In the meantime, don’t stop reading the Newsflash at the Research Agenda - there is quite a lot of useful and interesting, Carpathian news below!

Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Yurij Bihun, Shelterwood Systems, Vermont, USA

The Network

Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 - Feedback needed

The New Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 is being developed by the S4C network. The aim of the agenda is to define the research priorities for the region over the next five years. The authors of draft chapters warmly welcome comments on the current status of these documents. Please feel free to choose the chapter with the topic you are familiar with and add your comment, propose the changes and improvements.  The list of the chapters will be developed in the following weeks.

All the documents can be commented by:
- leaving a comment under the specified chapter on the S4C website
- downloading the file of the specified chapter from the S4C website, commenting and sending back on
- leaving a comment on the S4C LinkedIn group.

"Carpathians" - New Topic on ResearchGate

A new topic on ResearchGate focused on the Carpathians has been established. It enables the portal users to tag all the Carpathian-related questions, asked to the community (e.g. on regional data availability).

News from the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention

Carpathians highlighted at the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima

Together with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea and the Italian Presidency of the Alpine Convention, the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention organised a side event “The role of mountain forests to climate change adaptation:
which perspective from sustainable forest management?"  at the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru. The event took place in the pavilion of the European Union on December 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm. A representative from the Czech Presidency to the Carpathian Convention from the Ministry of the Environment, gave the opening speech and participated in this event.

Furthermore, the representatives of the Italian Presidency of the Alpine Convention and the Czech Presidency of the Carpathian Convention jointly presented a “Joint Alpine-Carpathian Statement on Adaptation to Climate Change.” The Statement was welcomed with interest by the South American delegation attending the meeting.

On the occasion of the International Mountain Day on the 11th of  December, a synthesis publication Mountains and Climate Change - A Global Concern was presented by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and UNEP in the Mountain and Water Pavilion. UNEP (in particular the adaptation to climate change programme) was involved in and contributed to the publication. The publication features a joint foreword by Ambassador Manuel Sager, Director - General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and Jan Dusik, Director and Regional Representative,  UNEP Regional Office for Europe. Moreover, on page 20, the new publication features an article by Sandor Szalai and Matthias Jurek on "Climate Change in the Carpathian Region". The article summarizes the main findings of an initiative by the European Parliament and funded by the EU, consisting of three projects:  Preparatory Action on Climate in the Carpathian Region (CARPATCLIM), Climate Change in the Carpathian Region (CarpathCC) and the Carpathian Integrated Assessment of Vulnerability to Climate Change and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Measures (CARPIVIA).
See also in the PUBLICATIONS section of the Newsflash
More news available at and on Twitter

FORECOM – Forest Cover Changes in Mountainous Regions – Drivers, Trajectories and Implications
The aim of the FORECOM project is to improve understanding of past, present and future forest cover changes in the Swiss Alps and the Polish Carpathians in the context of land use and climate change. In the initial phase of the project, research on the reconstruction of historical forest cover in the last 150 years was realized. As a part of this task, accompanying uncertainties were also identified (for details see the paper). Currently efforts are focused on identification of the drivers of the past and future forest cover changes as well as assessment of the land abandonment rates and recognition of natural succession hotspots. In the upcoming months, measures on the quantification of the implications of forest cover change on carbon pools and biodiversity are being planned.

The Big Foot Project – Crossing Generations, Crossing Mountatins

UNEP Vienna – SCC participated in the project Big Foot. Crossing Generations, Crossing Mountains, which tested inventive approaches to establishing intergenerational dialogue, learning and practice in the mountain areas. The project aimed at enabling and valuating the skills and knowledge of the older and younger locals by combining traditional knowledge with modern communication tools, and inspiring local children, youth and elderly to become active and come up with innovative, creative and productive joint solutions for the local sustainable development. The Big Foot approach was implemented in three rural municipalities: Berkovitsa, Bulgaria; Trikala, Greece and Gubbio, Italy, between 2011 - 2013. UNEP Vienna’s role was to introduce the methods and  results of the project to the Carpathian region and Carpathian Convention partners. The results can be seen on the project website, through the multiple Publications and in the Press and Media, available in several languages.

Innovation in Rural Tourism (InRuTou) Project

The project Innovation in Rural Tourism (InRuTou) aims at supporting the development of sustainable tourism in rural areas, specifically in mountainous regions. The project participants come from three mountainous regions in five countries: the Alps (Austria), the Apennines (Italy) and the Carpathians (Poland, Romania, Ukraine). UNEP Vienna SCC is a partner in charge of exploitation of the project results via introducing them to the Carpathian Convention partners. The project goal is to develop and test an innovative online training, with concise information on marketing, management, entrepreneurship, Information and Communication Technology, engagement and sustainability. The training is tested with the local opinion leaders, who will act as multipliers by supporting local tourism providers in their respective municipalities in setting up and promoting tourism products. The project is also developing an App to support tourism product promotion. Currently the opinion leaders from the respective countries are preparing to train the local tourism providers and to set up pilot initiatives.
Coppice Forests: Past, Present and Future
9-11 April 2015, Brno, Czech Republic

Sustainable Mountain Regions: Make Them Work
14-16 May 2015, Borovets, BULGARIA
17th International Symposium on Landscape Ecology
27-29 May 2015, Nitra, SLOVAKIA

IAMO Forum 2015: Agriculture and climate change
17-19 June 2015, Halle (Saale), GERMANY

Floods, State, Dams and Dykes in Modern Times: Ecological and Socio-economic Transformations of the Rural World
18-20 June, Bucarest, ROMANIA

Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World
7-9 July, Smokovce, SLOVAKIA

Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth
4-8 October 2015, Perth, SCOTLAND

The abandonment of traditional agricultural landscape in Slovakia–Analysis of extent and driving forces
Lieskovský J., Bezák P., Špulerová J., Lieskovský T., Koleda P., Dobrovodská M., Bürgi M., Gimmi U., 2015, The abandonment of traditional agricultural landscape in Slovakia–Analysis of extent and driving forces. Journal of Rural Studies 37, 75-84.

Summer Livestock Farming at the Crossroads in the Ukrainian Carpathians
Warchalska-Troll A., Troll M., 2014, Summer Livestock Farming at the Crossroads in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Mountain Research and Development, 34(4), 344-355.

Orchards as traces of traditional agricultural landscape in Slovakia
Špulerová, J., Piscová, V., Gerhátová, K., Bača, A., Kalivoda, H., & Kanka, R., 2015, Orchards as traces of traditional agricultural landscape in Slovakia. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 199, 67-76.

Decadal variability of floods in the northern foreland of the Tatra Mountains
Ruiz-Villanueva V., Stoffel M., Wyżga B., Kundzewicz Z.W., Czajka B., Niedźwiedź T., 2014, Decadal variability of floods in the northern foreland of the Tatra Mountains. Regional Environmental Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-014-0694-9.

Effects of different matrix representations and connectivity measures on habitat network assessments
Ziółkowska, E., Ostapowicz K., Kuemmerle T., Radeloff V.C., 2014, Effects of different matrix representations and connectivity measures on habitat network assessments. Landscape Ecology 29(9), 1551-1570.

Identification of areas with significant flood risk at the confluence Danube and Ipeľ rivers (southern Slovakia)
Jakubcová A., Grežo H., Hreško J., 2014, Identification of areas with significant flood risk at the confluence Danube and Ipeľ rivers (southern Slovakia). Natural Hazards 73/1, 849-867. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-014-1354-6.

Trail management, off-trail walking and visitor impact in the Pieniny Mts National Park (Polish Carpathians)
Kolasinska A., Adamski P., Ciapala S., Svajda J., Witkowski Z., 2015, Trail management, off-trail walking and visitor impact in the Pieniny Mts National Park (Polish Carpathians). Eco.mont 7, 1, 26-36. DOI:10.1553/eco.mont-7-1s26.

Mountains and climate change: A global concern
Kohler, T., Wehrli, A. & Jurek, M., eds. 2014, Mountains and climate change: A global concern. Sustainable Mountain Development Series. Bern, Switzerland, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Geographica Bernensia. 136 pp.

Future Imperfect – Climate Change and Adaptation in the Carpathians
Jurek M., Crump J., Maréchal J. eds., 2014, Future Imperfect – Climate Change and Adaptation in the Carpathians, GRID-Arendal, Arendal.

The PDF versions of the publications related to the Forum Carpaticum 2014 "Local Responces to Global Challenges", which took palce in Lviv during September 16-18, 2014 can be downloaded from the conference web-site.

The Abstracts Volume of the Forum Carpaticum 2014 includes the abstracts of oral and poster presentations, which had been submitted before the conference and were evaluated and selected by the FC2014 Scientific Board.

The Proceedings Volume of the Forum Carpaticum 2014 contains extended abstracts of the selected presentations made at the conference. The 21 abstracts are divided into four sections: (1) Sustainable Governance, (2) Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Forest Management, (3) Land Cover and Climate Change, and (4) Stream Channel Processes.

CENTRAL EUROPE: New call for proposals opened on 12 February 2015

The newly established monitoring committee of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme has decided to launch the first call for project proposals on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Up to 80 million euros from the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) will be allocated to new projects that will strengthen regional innovation, lower CO2 emissions, protect natural and cultural resources and improve transport connections.

Deardline: 13 April 2015

12 New PhD Fellows in Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe (ENHANCE) Innovative Training Network is now seeking applicants for twelve PhD/doctoral researchers:

Details available at

PostDoc positions - Agricultural Landscape Research, The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg

In the context of supporting early career scientists, ZALF seeks to fill up to six post-doc positions in its core topics “Landscape Functioning”  (core topic I), “Land Use Change and Impacts” (core topic II) and “Land Use Conflicts and Governance” (core topic III). Each successful  candidate shall explore one of the following issues:

  • CO2 fluxes and carbon dynamics in agricultural landscapes (core topic I).
  • Biogeochemistry of temporarily flooded soils and its relation to landscape processes (core topic I).
  • Role of functional traits for carbon and nitrogen dynamics in agricultural landscapes (core topic I).
  • Long-term effects of agricultural systems on soil productivity and ecosystem services (core topic II).
  • Self-regulation ability/ compensation effects against agricultural pressures in agricultural landscapes (abiotic + biotic) (core topic II).
  • Modelling responses of biotic systems on changing boundary conditions (climate, land use, management) (core topic II).
  • Innovative methods to identify land use conflicts and/or landscape preferences (core topic III)
  • Interaction of different institutions in rural landscapes (core topic III)
  • Operationalising the ecosystem service approach for different types of governance (core topic III)

Closing date for applications and application documents: Please apply by 31 March 2015.

Research Scholar - Water Management, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program is offering a position as a Research Scholar in Water Management.

The Position:

The rising demands of a growing world population for food, water, materials and energy will put increasing pressures on land use, water resources and ecosystems. IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM) is offering a position as a Research Scholar in Water Management within the Food-Energy-Water Nexus to further develop the interface between global hydrological and economic modeling, and contribute to analyze the role of trade-offs between a wide range of ecosystems services. The research will be conducted within the team working on the economic agricultural and forestry partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM, the core component of the ESM Program toolbox. We seek a motivated and independent research scholar who is able to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Deadline for receipt of applications 30th April 2015.

Carpathian science (or not) related
Secrets of the Carpathians/Tajomné Karpaty short video available online

Secrets of the Carpathians is a short documentary video created by Erik Baláž, is a short movie presenting the first of a three-year of documentary film project aiming at showing Tatra Mountains biodiversity from three perspectives – high mountains, forest and water. Video is available at Vimeo.

Archival photos of the Carpathians in NAC National Digital Archive


Skiers with the attached sail on the frozen lake, Tatra Mountains, 04.1938, source: NAC

Thousands of archival photos taken in the Carpathians are now available online within the collection of the National Digital Archive in Poland. The photos include not only those taken in Polish Mountains but also in the Slovak and Ukrainian Carpathians. Most of the photographs are the examples of press photos from the Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny newspaper collection.

20 new professional shepherds in Małopolska region in Poland


Shepherds in the Carpathians, photo: N. Kolecka

As informed by Regional Agricultural Advisory Centre for Małopolska, 20 people have completed professional courses for shepherds in January 2015. The course, including both theory and practice has ended with the exam organized in Katowice, where exist the only official authority able to exam shepherds. The course was completed by 19 men and one woman.

The Science for the Carpathians (S4C) Newsflash is a quarterly publication sent out to the 400 addresses of the S4C Network. The next Newsflash is planned for June 2015. Please send us any information you want to be distributed to the network (target length 80-90 words). If you have documents to share please send us the web link rather than the document. To send questions or comments, or if you do not wish to receive this mailing, please reply to to Dominik Kaim (

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Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University
Yurij Bihun, Director, Shelterwood Systems


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