Source of funding
Name of client/donor
European Commission (Hungary-Slovakia Cross-border Cooperation)
Overall project value
January 2013 – June 2015
Number of staff
Due to the greenhouse gases that have already been emitted, it is now clearly too late to prevent the impacts of climate change. However, it is still possible to influence the degree of future changes by reducing the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Besides mitigation, we must learn to deal with the changes that have already taken place, which requires adaptation measures. Climate change and its associated impacts are raising new challenges, and complex approaches, such as the one adopted in this cross-border project, are required in order to tackle them.
The overall objective of the Climate Park project was to implement practical activities in the field of climate protection (afforestation, habitat restoration) on Szentendre Island in the Danube and to complement these activities with environmental education and dissemination activities in Hungary and Slovakia.
During the project, two visitors centres were established. On Szentendre Island, the Village Community House in Szigetmonostor was refurbished, including the upgrading of the heating system based on solutions using renewable energy sources. In Slovakia, a visitors centre was established at the Slovakian project partner's headquarters in Banska Bystrica.
The visitors centres have a demonstration, awareness-raising and educational role. The centre in Szigetmonostor demonstrates renewable energy solutions and also hosts an exhibition on nature conservation and climate protection. A tool for calculating personal carbon footprints is also available to visitors. One of the practical nature conservation activities carried out within the project was afforestation.
On Szentendre Island, several sites were afforested, comprising more than 10 hectares in total. During the project water habitats were also restored and grassland areas were expanded on the island. The most important natural values of the island are its forests and grasslands, both on the Danube bank and in the interior of the island. These areas are home to many protected species.
An educational trail was established in Szigetmonostor to present these values both to island residents and to visitors and tourists. The trail is complemented with a GPS-based online surface as well. In the long term, the sustainable development of Szentendre Island will be promoted by the eco-island concept, which was elaborated in the course of the project.
- Conference organisation
- Organisation of visits
- Development and maintenance trilingual project website
- Dissemination activities