The RERAM project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 609573.

Carpathian Region, Ukraine



The Carpathian Region covers the westernmost part of Ukraine and comprises the four districts (oblasts) Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Transcarpathia. It shares borders with the four European member states Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.


The area covers 56,500 km² and has a hilly to mountainous topography. More than 6.1 mio. inhabitants (13% of Ukraine) belong to various ethnic groups: Ukrainians (84 %), Russians, Polish, Hungarians, Slovaks, Romanians, among others. It is mainly a rural region with low urbanisation.



Carpathia earth map  (Source: Google - click to enlarge)

Forests cover around 2.1 mio. ha or 37% of the region (22% of total Ukrainian forests). The forest-based sector counts over 4,300 enterprises, 54,700 employees and 5.7 billion UAH turnover (ca. 560 million EUR) and is significant to the regional economy.


Despite a huge existing forest resource in the Ukrainian Carpathians, the region does not use this potential effectively and efficiently. Modern knowledge and equipment are generally lacking. There is an evident urgent need for know-how transfer, development and innovation in sustainable forest management and wood processing and manufacturing.

Sources: UNFU, IIWH

RERAM partners:

UNFU - Ukrainian National Forestry University        

FORZA NGO - Agency for Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Region        

WPFC - Wood Processing and Furniture Cluster