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Bilé Karpaty Biosphere Reserve, Czech Republic

The Bílé Karpaty (or ‘White Carpathians’) Biosphere Reserve is an area of hills and uplands in the north-west of the Carpathian massif at the border to Slovakia. It was designated as biosphere reserve as it represents a cultural landscape with a rich biodiversity and traditional land use systems. Extensive species-rich orchid meadows (4,000 hectares), near-natural deciduous forests, old orchards and solitary fruit-trees form an integral part of the Bílé Karpaty landscape.

Designation date: 1996


Regional network:  EuroMAB

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    Surface :  71,500 ha

    • Core area(s): N/A
    • Buffer zone(s): N/A
    • Transition zone(s): N/A

    Location: N/A

    Administrative Authorities

    Ivana Jongepierová
    Biosphere Reserve Coordinator 
    Protected Landscape Area and Biosphere Reserve Administration
    Bartolomejské nám. 47
    CZ-698 01 Veselí nad Moravou

    Tel.: (420) 518 324 792

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    Ecological Characteristics

    The Bílé Karpaty (White Carpathians) BR is a low-mountainous area stretching out along the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The area is particularly valuable for its species-rich grasslands, which cover over 4000 ha.

    They host many orchids and other rare plant species, and attract a large number of insects. Its high level of biodiversity is ascribed to its position, enabling a blending of Carpathian and Pannonian species, in combination with long-term sustainable grassland management by the local people. Meadow orchards are a significant part of the landscape and its biodiversity.

    They host a wide range of different old and local fruit cultivars. Other important habitats are old-growth beech forests and oakhornbeam forests. The area is rich in traditions and living folklore.


    Socio-Economic Characteristics

    Agriculture, forestry, hunting, small industries, scientific research, tourism, collecting herbs and mushrooms.


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    Last updated: April 2019