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Slovak Karst - Aggtelek Karst: Landscape of the Year 2010/11 inaugurated
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The Naturefriends’ inauguration of the “Landscape of the Year 2010/11” sets a clear sign for fruitful cooperations and friendly relations between Slovakia and Hungary.

On 21 May 2010, the region Slovak Karst – Aggtelek Karst on the border between Slovakia and Hungary was proclaimed “Landscape of the Year 2010/11”. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery in the small hungarian village of Aggtelek, Manfred Pils, president of the international umbrella organisation of the Naturefriends’ movement, officially inaugurated the project.

At the opening festivities, which took place on both sides of the border, well-known politicians, important stakeholders and the representatives of the two Nationalparks of the area agreed on the importance of combining cross-border cooperation and sustainable regional development of this special area, which is one of the largest Karst regions in Central Europe, boasting more than 1,000 caves, which have been designated an UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

In their speeches, Mrs. Hanna Bozzay, head of the tourism department of the Hungarian Ministry of local government and Dipl. Ing. Gabriel Kuliffay, head of the tourism section of the Slovak Ministry of economy, also welcomed the project and stressed the importance of the transborder cooperation. “The Landscape of the Year 2010/11 is setting a clear sign for Hungary and Slovakia for intensifying sustainable cross-border tourism developments”, said Gabriel Kuliffay. “The international cooperation and the development of a sustainable tourism strategy in this region is also very significant to preserve the ecological, cultural and social values of this region”, Mrs. Hanna Bozzay stated.

Every two years, the Naturefriends with its' 21 national organisations and more than 500,000 members designate a transborder, ecologically valuable or endangered region in Europe as 'Landscape of the Year' with the aim to draw European attention to it and to set up concrete initiatives for sustainable development.

The Landscape of the Year 2010/11 Slovak Karst - Aggtelek Karst holds the prospect of drawing on existing projects and initiating new ones, in an effort to come up with a jointly developed cross-border strategy for sustainable development that will be actively implemented.

Naturefriends International is the projects' executing organisation; the implementing partners in the region are Klub slovenských turistov (KST) and Magyar Természetbarát Szövetség (MTSZ), in cooperation with the Nationalpark Aggtelek and the Nationalpark Slovenský kras.

Further information about the project and about the region you will also find in the booklet 'Slovak Karst – Aggtelek Karst: Caves and more ...' 

Contact and enquiries for articles:
Anita Pinter
Landscae of the Year 2010/11
Naturfriends International
A-1150 Wien, Diefenbachgasse 36
Tel: +43 (0)1 8129789
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