European Diploma of Protected Areas:
Awarded Areas in Czech Republic
Karlstejn National Nature Reserve
The Karlstejn National Nature Reserve covers about 16 square kilometres of the Bohemian Karst Protected Landscape Area.
The reserve forms part of the Karlstejn-Koda Natura 2000 site designated for its valuable habitats, plant and insect
species, and large populations of bats. Some 400 million years ago, limestone sediments started to form from shells of
molluscs and other sea animals. Palaentological profiles with numerous fossils of worldwide importance are well documented
in the reserve. After the last glaciation limestone bedrock developped into a ragged karstic landscape featuring gorges,
rock walls and caves. Although representing lowland cultural landscape inhabited continuously by humans for 3000 years
large oak-hornbeam, Downy Oak (Quercus pubescens) and beech forest have been preserved. Open thermophillous forests are
accompanied by dry and rocky grasslands. Parts of the woods belonged to the Karlstejn medieval king’s castle
and monastery at St. John uder the Rock.
Sprava CHKO Cesky kras
267 18 Karlstejn
Podyji National Park
Exceptional undisturbed river valley with adjacent complexes of more or less natural woodland and small areas of
unique non-wooded communities, lying at the contact of two biogeographic regions. The territory is unique,
above all, in geomorphological arrangement and considerable species diversity of higher plants and invertebrates.
The Dyje river valley in the National Park is an unusually well preserved example of the river valley phenomenon
with all natural components, unparalleled in central Europe at present. The territory is the representative of
similar landscape types in the European context. The Podyji National Park secures the territorial conservation of
only a half of the river valley system. The other half lies in Austria and, thus, the necessary co-ordination of
nature conservation strengthens the aspect of European co-operation. The considerable variety of natural communities
and their high species diversity make it possible to utilise this territory as a model for a number of research project
in nature conservation and management in other protected regions of Europe.
Visitors Center of the Administration of the Podyji National Park
CZ-671 02 Sumna
The Czech Republic
Bilé Karpaty Protected Landscape Area
The White Carpathians (Bilé Karpaty) are a mountainous area stretching out along the border between the Czech Republic
and Slovakia over a length of some 80 km. It belongs to the westernmost part of the Carpathian range. The area is
particularly valuable because of its high species diversity and well-preserved meadow and forest ecosystems. In 1980 a
total area of 715 km² was designated a protected landscape area (PLA). In 1996 the Bilé Karpaty PLA was included in the
UNESCO network of biosphere reserves for its rich culture and the important role of manin the conservation of the area.
Sprava CHKO Bilé Karpaty
PhDr. Petr Dolejsky
763 26 Luhacovice