The United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility project, completed at the end of 2012, mainstreamed integrated ecosystem management principles and practices in land and water management.
GWP Slovakia was responsible for project coordination and day-to-day management.
The project promoted the adoption of a long-term strategy for ecosystem-based water and agricultural management practices and brought together stakeholders who had not previously cooperated with one another. It aimed to build stakeholder capacity and develop policies and incentives to implement integrated environmental management. Model ecosystem-oriented biodiversity conservation practices were piloted by major stakeholders, and best practices and lessons learned from elsewhere were replicated.
The project area is characterised by intensive agriculture, covers 29,500 hectares and has a total population of about 19,990 in 32 villages. It is located in the Košice administrative region in eastern Slovakia.