Plenary Sessions


(all in the Assembly Hall, Franko University)


Tuesday, September 16


Opening Session


Chairs: Ivan Kruhlov (Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine)

Bohdan Prots (WWF and State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)


Welcoming addresses




Ľuboš Halada (Chair of the S4C Scientific Steering Committee; Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Opening presentation


Harald Egerer (Head of the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, UNEP Vienna)

Science and Policy in the Carpathians


Keynote lecture:

Jörg Balsiger (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Bernard Debarbieux, Jörg Balsiger, Dusan Djordjevic, Simon Gaberell, Gilles Rudaz

Scientific collectives in region-building processes



Plenary session 1: Ecosystem Services and Land Use Change


Chair: Andrzej Bytnerowicz (USDA Forest Service)




Maria Nijnik (The James Hutton Institute, UK)

Maria Nijnik, Anatoliy Nijnik, David Miller. Exploring challenges to sustainability in provision of ecosystems services by upland forests in Scotland and Ukraine


Magdalena Main-Knorn (German Aerospace Center)

Magdalena Main-Knorn, Patrick Hostert. Forest biomass distribution and its loss between 1985 and 2010 in the Western Carpathians


Filippo Favilli, Christian Hoffmann, Marianna Elmi, Elisa Ravazzoli, Maria Chiara Alberton, Thomas Streifeneder (EURAC Research, Italy). The BioREGIO Carpathians project: methodology and results from the “Connectivity and Continuum” analysis



Wednesday, September 17


Plenary session 2: Climate Change and Extreme Events


Chair: Bartolomiej Wyżga (Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences)




Saskia E. Werners (Wageningen University and Research Centre)

Saskia E. Werners, Ernst Bos, Kristijan Civic, Orieta Hulea, Aleksandra Kovbasko, Eddy Moors, Ilse Van De Velde, Henk Zingstra. Carpathian integrated assessment of vulnerability to climate change and adaptation measures


Andrzej Bytnerowicz (USDA Forest Service, USA)

Understanding distribution of air pollution and atmospheric deposition in complex mountain terrain


Joanna Zawiejska (Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland)

Joanna Zawiejska, Hanna Hajdukiewicz, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Paweł Mikuś, Artur Radecki-Pawlik. Changes to channel morphology and physical habitats for river biota, and infrastructure damage caused by a major flood on the Biała River, Polish Carpathians


Henk Zingstra (Wageningen UR, the Netherlands)

Local level resilience as a prerequisite for climate change adaptation



Plenary session 3: Natural and Cultural Heritage


Chair: Bohdan Prots (WWF and State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)




Owen Mountford (NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK)

Owen Mountford, Sam Amy, Marilena Onete, Jodey Peyton. The design of agri-environment schemes in protecting heritage (natural and cultural) and encouraging green growth: does the English experience have relevance for the Carpathians?


Ľuboš Halada (Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS)

Ľuboš Halada, Peter Gajdoš. Carpathian Natural Heritage contributing to the European biodiversity: endemism and conservation status of species and habitats of European importance


Stepan Stoyko (Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians. National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)

Primeval forests of the Ukrainian Carpathians as a unique natural heritage and their eсоlogical services


Márta Vetier (Central European University, Hungary)

Márta Vetier, Alexios Antypas. Conflicts and synergies between multilateral biodiversity-related agreements in the Carpathian region



Thursday, September 18


Plenary session 4: Smart Mountains


Chair: Jacek Kozak (Jagiellonian University, Poland)




Manfred Perlik (EURAC Research, Italy)

The Carpathians – a Central Park of Emerging Cities: Mountain environment as a question of social relations


Mariana Melnykovych (Ukrainian National Forestry University)

Mariana Melnykovych, Ihor Soloviy, Yurij Bihun. Measuring well-being in forest-dependent communities: A case study in the Ukrainian Carpathians


Tamara Mitrofanenko (UNEP Vienna, Austria)

Tamara Mitrofanenko, Andreas Muhar, Marianne Penker. Potentials for integrating intergenerational practices into protected area management and rural tourism development


Natalya Yakusheva (Södertörn University, Sweden)

The implementation deficit in the European Union: insights from Natura 2000 policy in the Carpathian countries




Parallel Sessions


Tuesday, September 16


Thematic Session 1: Forest Ecology I

11:45-13:30 (House of Scientists, Room 1)

Chair: Pavel Cudlin (Global Change Research Centre AS CR, Czech Republic)


Oral presentations


Mykola Chernyavskyy, Myron Shpilchak, Bohdan Prots, Olena Slobodian

Beech primeval forests of the Gorgany Nature Reserve – potential site of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site


William S. Keeton, Oleh Chaskovskyy, Mykola Chernyavskyy, Dmytro Karabchuk, Miroslav Svoboda, Volodymyr Trotsiuk

Deconstructing the "cathedral old-growth": structural variability in Carpathian primary spruce-fir systems


Katalin Mázsa, Réka Aszalós, Ferenc Horváth, János Bölöni

Single–tree inventory in a Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak-sessile oak forest after 40 years of free development



Poster presentations


Mykola Chernjavskyy, Oleh Chaskovskyy, Mykola Korol, Myron Shpilchak

Beech and spruce primeval forests of the Carpathian Region and its structure models



Thematic Session 2: Climate – Water – Landforms - Soil

11:45-13:30 (House of Scientists, Room 2)

Chair: Joanna Zawiejska (Pedagogical University of Kraków, Poland)


Oral presentations


Olexandr Obodovsky, Zakhar Rozlach, Oxana Konovalenko, Alexei Iarochevitch

Hydromorphological changes in the Botar River Basin under human impact


Katarzyna Wasak, Marek Drewnik

Carbon and nitrogen sequestration and distribution of soil organic matter fractions as a consequence of land use in an abandoned pastureland in the Tatra Mountains


Bartłomiej Wyżga, Paweł Mikuś, Ryszard Kaczka, Edward Walusiak, Joanna Zawiejska

Formation, persistence and environmental role of vegetated islands in a mountain river



Poster presentations


Andreea Andra – Toparceanu, Mihai Mafteiu, Mircea Andra-Toparceanu, Sanda Bugui, Mihaela Verga

Interdisciplinary analysis of natural and anthropic vulnerability of the mountain slopes within the touristically developed areas of Brasov


Svetlana Bičárová, Dušan Bilčík, Jozef Mačutek, Rastislav Janík, Daniela Kellerová

Surface ozone variability and land use change after extreme wind event


Volodymyr Bilanyuk, Yuriy Andreychuk, Ievhen Tikhanovich

The avalanche denudation in Gorgany Mountain massive (Ukrainian Carpathians)


Jarosław Cebulski, Paweł Franczak

Landslides in 3D - Taking stock of landslides, taking a look at the effectiveness of chosen methods


Wiktoria Laszek, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Artur Radecki-Pawlik, Hanna Hajdukiewicz

Modelling hydraulic parameters of flood flows for a Polish Carpathian river


Karol Majewski

Influence of tectonic discontinuities on the occurrence of springs in the western part of Podhale region (Polish Central Carpathians)


Paweł Mikuś, Bartłomiej Wyżga

Methods for long-term monitoring of large wood recruitment and mobility in two Polish Carpathian watercourses


Bartłomiej Pietras, Anna Chrobak

Catastrophic winds in the Tatra Mountains in 1968, 2004 and  2013 – types, meteorological conditions and scale of devastation


Оleh Orlov, Оksana Vovk

Rare soil types of the Ukrainian Carpathian habitats



Thematic Session 3: Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Forest Management

16:45-18:30 (House of Scientists, Room 1)

Chair: Ihor Soloviy (Ukrainian National Forestry University)


Oral presentations


Ferenc Horváth, Borbála Balázs, Laura Dobor, Dóra Hidy, Péter Ittzés, Dóra Ittzés, Zoltán Barcza

Ecosystem modelling tools for assessing land use change and climate change impact on ecosystem services of the Carpathians


Jiří Novák, Marian Slodičák, David Dušek, Dušan Kacálek

Concept of silvicultural management in the Western Carpathians


Agnieszka Nowak

Regulating ecosystem services assessment for sustainable spatial planning on local level



Poster presentations


Andriy-Taras Bashta

Bats and ecosystem services


Paweł Franczak, Karolina Listwan

The Central Western Carpathians – as an example of the degradation of a public space with a valuable landscape for outdoor advertising


Laszlo Galhidy, Bela Varga

Close to nature forest management in Hungary, based on Pro Silva principles


Veronika Piscová, Róbert Kanka, Juraj Hreško, Juraj Švajda

Ecosystem services, current utilization activities and their impacts on the alpine environment of the Belianske Tatry Mts.


Veronika Piscová, Tatiana Hrnčiarová, Róbert Kanka, Pavol Kenderessy, Jana Špulerová, Henrik Kalivoda, Marta Dobrovodská, Juraj Hreško, Zita Izakovičová, Juraj Švajda, Ján Roháč , Miriam Vlachovičová, Vladimír Hurta, Marek Halabuk, Diana Tóthová, Zuzana Ponecová, Anna Behílová, Edita Adamčeková

Current utilization of high mountain landscape, its impacts on change of environment and assessment of carrying capacity of selected national parks of Slovakia


Nataliya Stryamets

Non-wood forest products: provisioning or cultural ecosystem services of forest landscapes?



Thematic Session 4: Land Use/Land Cover Change

16:45-18:30 (Franko University, Assembly Hall)

Chair: Katarzyna Ostapowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)


Oral presentations


Barbara Jaśkowiec

Land cover change mapping in the Carpathians with MODIS EVI data


Dominik Kaim, Monika Dobosz, Urs Gimmi, Natalia Kolecka, Jacek Kozak, Krzysztof Ostafin, Katarzyna Ostapowicz

Long-term forest cover changes in the Polish Carpathians: methodological approach


Bogdan Mihai, Ionut Savulescu

Mapping forest fire susceptibility in temperate mountain areas with submediterranean influences with expert knowledge. A case study from Domogled ridge - Mehedinti Mountains, Southern Carpathians


Alexander Mkrtchian, Daria Svidzinska

Modeling the location of natural cold-limited treeline and alpine meadow habitats in Ukrainian Carpathians



Poster presentations


S. Myklush , O. Chaskovskyy, S. Havrylyuk, D. Karabchuk

Data classification of multisenoral remote sensing images in forest type evaluation


Anatoliy Smaliychuk

Political and economic drivers of land cover changes in mountain regions: an example from low Ukrainian Carpathians


Mihaela Verga, Andreea Andra-Toparceanu, Radu Pitigoi

Criteria for assessing landscape dynamics in the central part of the Eastern Carpathians. Case study: Bicaz River Basin



Wednesday, September 17


Thematic Session 5: Forest Ecology II

11:15-13:00 (House of Scientists, Room 1)

Chair: William S. Keeton (University of Vermont, USA)


Oral presentations


Volodymyr Kramarets, Iryna Matsiakh

Dieback of Norway spruce forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians – current state and future


Stanisław Małek, Katarzyna Dudek

Artificial regeneration of forest at high mountain altitudes in the Beskidy Mts. Polish Carpathians


Marian Slodičák, Jiři Novák, David Dušek, Dušan Kacálek

Douglas-fir as possible alternative for declining Norway spruce in managed forests of the Western Carpathians


Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Miroslav Svoboda, Pavel Janda, Martin Mikolas, Radek Bace, Pavel Samonil, Oleh Chaskovskyy, Volodymyr Korzhov, Mykola Korol, Stepan Myklys

Disturbance regime in the natural temperate Spruce (Picea Abies K.) forests in Ukrainian Carpathians



Poster presentations


Ihor Kozak

Simulation of beech stand dynamics under climate change conditions in the Carpathians and Roztocze using FORKOME model



Thematic Session 6: Biodiversity I

11:15-13:00 (Franko University, Assembly Hall)

Chair: Ľuboš Halada (Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS, Slovakia)


Oral presentations


L. Borsukevych, S. Sosnovska, I. Danylyk

Wetlands of the Svydovets massif – important areas of biodiversity, their threats and conservation


Yuriy Kobiv

Response of rare plant species to current changes of vegetation in the Ukrainian Carpathians


Volodymyr Kyyak, Volodymyr Bilonoha, Rostyslava Dmytrach, Liudmyla Gynda, Yurij Nesteruk, Vitalij Shtupun

Changes in plant population pattern under the natural and man-induced ecosystem transformations of high mountain zone of Ukrainian Carpathians


Marilena Onete, Roxana Ion, Anca Manole, Mirela Moldoveanu, Larisa Florescu, Minodora Manu, Aurora Neagoe, Răzvan Orza, Andrei Căldărus, Virgil Iordache

Plant species diversity of grasslands within a rivulet catchment area in the Romanian Carpathians in relation to anthropic impact


Bohdan Prots, Maria Paniw-Simpson

What drives plant invasion in mountains in a changing world - climate, disturbance, or both? A case study in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains



Poster presentations


Siri Bjoner

Climate change – The Rise of the Pathogens


Péter Ódor, Viktor Papp, Gergely Kutszegi, Lajos Benedek, Erika Guba, Júlia József

Effect of forest management on the amount of dead wood and saproxylic diversity in the Hungarian Carpathians


Оleksandr Striamets, Rostyslav Bun, Serhii Stryamets

Geo-distributed analysis of forest phytomass in Polish Carpathians


Jan Zarzycki, Joanna Korzeniak

Changes in grassland vegetation in Polish Carpathians as an effect of abandonment



Thematic Session 7: Smart Mountains I

11:15-13:00 (Houseof Scientists, Room 2)

Chair: Manfred Perlik (EURAC Research, Italy)


Oral presentations


Carmen Martins, Lena-Marie Lun, Alessandro Inversini, Tamara Mitrofanenko, Tamara Malkova

Improving Rural Tourism Training – an approach based on understanding local communities’ needs


Ewelina Mocior

The use of the Carpathian landscape for educational purposes on the example of secondary schools in Krakow and Tarnow cities


Csaba Vaszkó

Nature and business conservation opportunities in the Carpathians



Poster presentations


Joanna Cent, Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak

Evaluation of social development on Natura 2000 sites in Poland with the use of Local Human Development Index (LHDI)


Joanna Hibner

Ski tourism in the Kasprowy Wierch Mountain Area (Poland) – experience, motivations, opinions – preliminary results


Elena Matei, Dorin Matei, Irina Ana Dinca, Gabriela Manea, Iuliana Vijulie, Laura Tirla

Romanian Carpathians protected areas as ecotourism destinations between certification process and smart functioning


Marcin Rechcinski, Anna Kibycz, Sylwia Roman, Natalia Andrushkiv, Roman Danylyshyn

The structure of map use among Chornohora visitors – tourist assessment of maps, its availability and potential implications for tourism development



Thematic Session 8: Biodiversity II

16:30-18:00 (Franko University, Assembly Hall)


Chair: Katalin Mázsa (MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary)


Oral presentations


Peter Gajdoš, Anna Hirna, Liviu Aurel Moscaliuc,  Zdeněk Majkus, Miklós Gábor Heltai, András Gubányi, Jaroslav Svatoň, Robert Rozwalka

Ecosozological assessment of the Carpathian spider fauna


Daniel Klich, Rafał Łopucki

Wind farms may affect spatial distribution of terrestrial mammals – a case study in Beskid Niski Mts. (Northern Carpathians)


Minodora Manu, Marilena Onete, Aurora Neagoe, Virgil Iordache

Soil mites - a useful tool for the grasslands’ ecological characterization from Trascău Mountains (Western Carpathians – Romania)


Tomasz Skalski, Renata Kędzior, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Mateusz Przebięda, Joanna Zawiejska

Effect of the restoration of mountain gravel-bed river on ground beetle communities on exposed riverine sediments



Poster presentations


Antoni Derwich, Iwona Mróz, Daniel Klich

European beaver n Bieszczady National Park


Anna Hirna, Peter Gajdoš

Spider fauna analysis of Ukrainian Carpathians


Iwona Mróz, Rafał Łopucki, Blanka Orłowska, Daniel Klich

Are small mammals a vector of Mycobacterium bovis for European bison population in Bieszczady Mts?


Viktor Papp, Gergely Kutszegi, Lajos Benedek, Erika Guba, Júlia József, Péter Ódor

Preliminary survey of polypores in Mátra Mts (Hungarian Carpathians)


Tomasz Skalski, Renata Kędzior, Bartłomiej Wyżga, Artur Radecki-Pawlik, Joanna Zawiejska

Species diversity and life-traits distribution of ground beetles along incised Polish Carpathian rivers: implications for conservation


Ján Topercer

Post-windstorm processes in bird assemblages and habitats: a case of the Tichá valley (Tatra Mts, Slovakia)



Thematic Session 9: Smart Mountains II

16:30-18:00 (Building of Scientists, Room 2)

Chair: Elena Matei (Bucharest University, Romania)


Oral presentations


Viacheslav Dovbenko

Conditions for the sustainable development of Ukrainian Carpathians


Juraj Lieskovský, Pavol Kenderessy, Jana Špulerová, Tibor Lieskovský, Peter Koleda, Felix Kienast, Urs Gimmi

Factors affecting the persistence of traditional agricultural landscapes in Slovakia during the collectivization of agriculture


Agata Warchalska-Troll

Protected area as an important actor of sustainable development? Examples from Polish and Ukrainian Carpathians



Poster presentations


Paweł Brzegowy, Sławomir Dorocki,

Development and functioning of Galician spa resorts in Western Carpathians in second half of   19th century


Anna Chrobak

Along the beautiful, blue Orava River – project of geotouristic road trip


Halyna Stryamets

Biosphere reserves for nature conservation and preserving cultural heritage


Volodymyr Tymchuk, Mykhailo Buntushak, Vasyl Slobodian

Some aspects of natural and cultural heritage preservation in Yasinia valley (Rakhiv district of Zakarpatska oblast, Ukraine)