Ambassador profile


  Name: Juraj Svajda
  Function: Head of ranger service, environmental education and information service, Tatra National Park Administration
  Country: The Slovak Republic
  E-mail: juraj.svajda(at)gmail(dot)com
  Tel: +42 19045 49771

Organisation profile


Tatra National Park
& Biosphere Reserve
  E-mail: tanap(at)tanap(dot)org
  Tel: +42 15247 82001

Previous administration was separated in 1994 into National Park administration – ministry of environment and state forestry administration – ministry of agriculture

  Category: National Park
  Number of staff: 38
Site profile
  Site name: Tatry National Park (Tatry)  
  Location: Northern part of Slovakia on the border with Poland  
  Land area: 61,735.3 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: Poprad, Liptovsky Mikulas  
  Natura 2000 ID: SKUEV0307  
  Annual visitor count: 3 million  
  Majority of visitors from: Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, England, Russia  
  Site description:

Tatry represents the highest part of the Carpathians with a typical alpine landscape. The site is situated at an altitude of 700 - 2655 m. It has a high biodiversity, which includes an entire range of large European predators and many endemic and relict species (see species list below). It is a Bilateral National Park (situated in Slovakia and Poland) as well as a Biosphere Reserve.

Site leaflet in Slovak (PDF, 385 kb)


All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Pulsatilla slavica Poniklec slovensky
    Cypripedium calceolus Crievicník papuckovy
    Campanula serrata Zvoncek hrubokorenovy
    Tozzia carpathica Vrchovka alpínska
    Cochlearia tatrae Lyzicník tatransky
    Dianthus nitidus Klincek leskly
    Scapania massalongi Korytkovec
    Mannia triandra Grimaldia trojtycinková
    Tortella rigens Závitkovka
    Carabus variolosus Bystruska potocná
    Lampetra planeri Mihula potocná
    Triturus cristatus Mlok hrebenaty
    Triturus montandoni Mlok karpatsky
    Bombina variegata Kunka cervenobruchá
    Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica Kamzík vrchovsky tatransky
    Lynx lynx Rys ostrovid
    Lutra lutra Vydra riecna
    Ursus arctos Medved hnedy
    Myotis bechsteini Netopier velkouchy
    Canis lupus Vlk dravy
    Microtus tatricus Hrabos tatransky
    Marmota marmota latirostris Svist vrchovsky
    Barbastella barbastellus Uchana cierna
    Rhinolophus hipposideros Podkovár maly
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and /or Isoeto-nanojuncetea
  3220 Alpine rivers and the herbaceous vegetation along their banks
  4060 Alpine and boreal heaths
  4070* Bushes with Pinus mugo and Rhododendron hirsutum (Mugo-Rhododendretum hirsuti)
  4080 Sub-arctic Salix spp. Scrub
  6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands
  6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands
  6230* Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on siliceous substrates in mountain areas (and submontain areas in continental Europe)
  6430 Hygrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  6520 Mountain hay meadows
  7110* Active raised bogs
  7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs
  7230 Alkaline fens
  8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani)
  8120 Calcareous and calshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietalia rotundifolii)
  8150 Medio-European calcareous scree of hill and montane levels
  8210 Calcreous rocky slope with chasmophytic vegetation
  8220 Siliceous rocky slope with chasmophytic vegetation
  8230 Siliceous rock with pioneer vegetation of the Sedo-Scleranthion or of the Sedo albi-Veronicion dillenii
  8310 Caves not open to public
  9110 Luzulo-Fagetum beech forests
  9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests
  9140 Medio-European subalpine beech woods with Acer and Rumex arifolius
  9150 Medio-European limestone beech forests of the Cephalanthero-Fagion
  9180* Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes,screes and ravines
  91D0* Bog woodland
  91Q0 Western Carpathian calcicolous Pinus sylvestris forests
  9410 Acidophilous spruce forests of the montane to alpine levels (Vaccino-Piceetea)
  9420 Alpine Larix decidua and/or Pinus cembra forests
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←       → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Port authorities        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Management plan

Participatory management of Tatra National Park (DANCEE project 2002-2004) – preparing of new management plan of National Park.
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Junior Ranger Camp (2005, 2006)

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Newspaper of Tatra National Park Administration

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Photo credit: Juraj Ksiazek
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Green Days more info
Guided visits
Other: Newspaper


  Event frequency
Not every year


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Communication literature produced


  Communication target groups
General public


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Description of communication strategy
  • Information and communication strategy for creating Natura 2000 – proposal (13 pages, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Banska Bystrica)
  • Information centre for Natura 2000 in our office in Liptovsky Mikulas
  • Activity of advisory board


  The communication materials are produced
At central office


  Site involved in joint working / networking


Site management profile
"Participatory management of Tatra National Park"
  Key site management issues:


  • Soft type of wood management
  • Leaving tree and wood mass in forest
  • Raising part of natural renewal
  • Renew primal specific composition of forest
  • Elimination of secondary trees in forest
  • Skiving and consecutive removal of biomass 1 x yearly
  • Upkeeping adequate water treatment
  • Improvement of water quality
  • Removing of alien plant species
  • Regulation of vistors
  • Patrolling


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


86% of the territory of the National Park is covered by the Natura 2000 site (zonation and management plan are key tools for the management of the site).


  Key site management objectives:


  • Preparing a new management plan
  • Common vision for future
  • Proposal of Natura 2000 site
  • Building of capacity
  • Info centre
  • Education
  • Mini-grant programme (budget is allocated to best projects choosed by the commitee (e.g. local people repairing tourist trail, etc.))
  • Problems encountered: lack of public support, insufficient communication and participation, missing management plan


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Foresters
  • Hunters
  • Visitors
  • Local people
  • Tourism services


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


  • Meetings
  • Proposal of management plan
  • Training courses
  • Study tours
  • Public hearings
  • White book (book with reactions and recommendations of stakeholders regarding proposal of management plan)
  • Sector reports


  Results of action and activities:


Better cooperation between the National Park and public.

Good position by negotiations.


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


Euro 1,057,502


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


Euro 90,625


  Budget reserved for communication:


Euro 3,125


  European funding:




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