Culture, Heritage and Diversity

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.

For information:
Tomas Tichy
Sprava CHKO Cesky kras
Karlstejn 85
267 18 Karlstejn

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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. For information:
Visitors Center of the Administration of the Podyji National Park
Cizov 176
CZ-671 02 Sumna
The Czech Republic

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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.

For information:
Sprava CHKO Bilé Karpaty
PhDr. Petr Dolejsky
Nadrazni 318
763 26 Luhacovice

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