Subalpine peatbogs in Karkonosze Mountains

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Subalpine peatbogs in Karkonosze Mountains

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    40 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    50°44'N 15°42'E
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Subalpine peatbogs in Karkonosze Mountains. 29/10/02; Dolnoslaskie; 40 ha; 50°45'N 015°36'E. National Park, UNESCO Bilateral Biosphere Reserve. Three subalpine bogs situated on mountain flats in the dwarf pine zone, along the Polish-Czech border in the Karkonosze Mountains. Situated at the European watershed dividing the Baltic Sea and North Sea basins, the area has special importance for groundwater recharge and flood control in the mountains. The vegetation is dominated of endemic dwarf pine communities with cloudberry vegetation and surrounded with spruce forest growing on hanging bogs. Most typical of the site are bog moss communities including associations resembling subarctic tundra with a combination of alpine and arctic species and association of alpine tufted common bog. Numerous hummocks and permanent pools that support a unique flora of algae form the rich relief of the area. The major threat for the bogs is trampling, littering and water pollution from tourist and recreation activities in the area. Since 1992 the site has been part of a MAB Bilateral Biosphere Reserve, and discussions are under way with Czech authorities of the Krkonoská raseliniste Ramsar site about management collaboration as a transboundary Ramsar site. Ramsar site no. 1566. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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Subalpine peatbogs in Karkonosze Mountains Ramsar Site is part of the "Krkonose/Karkonosze subalpine peatbogs" Transboundary Ramsar Site with Krkonoská raseliniste (Krkonose mountains mires) Ramsar Site (No. 637) in Czech Republic. The Transboundary Ramsar Site was established in September 2009.

Administrative region: 
Dolnośląskie Voievodeship

  • Global international designation: 
    • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
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