Nature Conservation as an Opportunity for Regional Development Slovakia - Ukraine: Cooperation across the Border

Norway grants

Through the Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the benefi ciary countries in Europe.
Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). For the period 2009-14, Norway’s contribution is €1.7 billion. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with Norwegian entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.


Nature Conservation as an Opportunity for Regional Development
Operational programme: SK08 Crosss-border cooperation
ID project: CBC01012
Objective the project: Reduce existing barriers to cross-border cooperation
Impementation period: 10/2015 – 30/4/2017
Project grant NFM: 85% (756 849 eur)
Total costs of project: 890 409 eur
Recipient: The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic

Project area

The project is focused on cross-border area UNESCO – Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany and the related area of world natural heritage in Slovak and the Ukrainian side.
It focuses on locations in eastern Slovakia, where most activities will be implemented in the Prešov Region and Košice Region in areas Poloniny National Park and the Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area and Ukrainian side in the area of Uzhanskyi National Nature Park.

Poloniny National Park
Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area
Uzhanskyi National Nature Park

Objective of the project

Reduce existing barriers and promote cross-border cooperation in the eastern part of Slovakia to Ukraine and create new and support existing partnerships and networks.


State Nature Conservancy of the SR
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
Uzhansky National Natural Park (UNPP)
Institute of High Mountain Biology University of Žilina (VUVB)
Community of Villages Uličské Valley (SOMUD)
National Park Varanger Peninsula
Carpathians Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (NOBK)
River Uzh Development Foundation (FRUD)
Ministry of Environment of the SR