The “Pieniny” area is unique in its diversity of habitat conditions, which has resulted in exceptional mosaic of habitats. The aim of the project is to preserve or improve the conservation status of species and habitats in the “Pieniny” through various protective activities. A large part of the “Pieniny” is not owned by the State but is a private property. It is difficult to conduct protective activities on lands which belong to private owners. Therefore, one of the aims of the project is land purchase by PPN Administration. A big threat to valuable Pieniny habitats is uncontrolled tourism. The project focuses how to limit negative impact of tourism on the Pieniny nature.As a result of traditional and sustainable farming practices, rich and often unique non-forest communities have developed: mountain Trisetum meadows Polygono-Trisetion , communities of fresh meadows of Arrhenatherion elatioris and thermophilous rock grasslands Festuco-Brometea. The greatest threat to these communities is that the light-requiring species become shaded out by trees or taller plants and bushes. The species associated with thermophilous rock grasslands is the Pieniny Treacle-mustard Erysimum pieninicum, an endemic plant which prefers the mosaic of grasslands and shrubs. Maintenance of grasslands generally depends on activities such as extensive mowing. The aim of the project is active protection of non-forest communities and associated species through moving, removal of trees and bush cutting. Alien invasive species such as Sakhalin Knotweed (Reynoutria sachalinensis) and Japanese knotweed (R. japonica) cause serious threat to native species occurring on the project area. Elimination of this threat is also one of the aims of the project. The project is focused on protection of breeding sites for amphibians.
The project aims to obtain public acceptance for protective actions carried out by the PPN through various attractive forms of information.