Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate - ERDF PP3


The operational area of the Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate is in the crowded, central part of Hungary amidst dense infrastructure and industry. The Directorate handles nature protection and operational tasks in the Capital, Pest, Komárom-Esztergom and Fejér counties. Besides the Danube-Ipoly National Park, in the operational area of the Directorate there are 8 Protected Landscape Areas and 32 Nature Conservation Areas. Compared to the other regions of the country, the environmental threats here appear to be more serious - therefore the protection of the natural environment requires a great effort. At the same time the diversity and variety of natural values of the area is fascinating even today: from the protected mountain areas to the plains and water bodies.

Duna-Ipoly National Park, the ninth national park of Hungary established on 60,314 hectares in 1997, and includes the Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny Hills, the undisturbed sections of the Ipoly Valley as well as parts of the Szentendre Island. The rock-bed of the Pilis Hills stretching from Esztergom to Budapest is made up of limestone and dolomite. Because of the basic characteristics of limestone karst formation, the hills are exceptionally rich in caves.


Role in BioREGIO Carpathians project

DINPI is Working Package (WP) Leader of WP6 - Pilot Projects.

The National Park is actively involved in the various work packages of BioREGIO Carpathians Programme, especially in the construction of Red Lists by providing data for Hungary (WP3), and in the elaboration of Common Integrated Management Measures (WP4) by working-out and testing a novel method of forest naturalness survey. The Directorate plays an important role in the development of common measures being responsible for coordinating Working Package 6, which focuses on the three cross-border pilot projects.