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Conserving the Carpathians

June 2003

Lying very much in the heart of East Central Europe, Romania’s Carpathian Mountains have extremely rich scenic and biodiversity resources which have not so far been significantly eroded by the modernisation of the last two centuries.

However, they may now be in danger from the development which is expected to result from European Union enlargement.

Without effective control of hunting and international co-ordination of protection, many species could be threatened, especially large carnivores such as bears and wolves, which circulate across the 'Carpathian Bridge'.

In his inaugural lecture at the University of Leicester, Professor David Turnock of the Department of Geography, will discuss the measures taken to safeguard the Carpathian 'ecoregion' in its entirety, including protection for specific areas backed up by locally-negotiated programmes for sustainable development across the whole area.

He will also address issues of industrial archaeology and the prospects for human communities, given the poverty problems in the southern part of the Carpathians especially, where subsistence farming is no longer a viable option and economic diversification is therefore essential.

The question is, how far can this be achieved without further redistribution of population in favour of the large towns on the margins of the Carpathians or in EU growth regions further afield, such as Spain, which are currently attracting many of the younger people?

Professor David Turnock’s lecture, Conserving the Carpathians, will take place on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 5.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Ken Edwards Building, on the main University campus. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Note to editors:  Further information is available from Professor David Turnock, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3826, fax 0116 252 3854, email dt8@le.ac.uk

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