European Beech Forests: Network addresses States Parties to UNESCO World Heritage

The European Beech Forest Network addresses the States Parties of the extended serial UNESCO World Heritage property

“Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine)

The European Beech Forest Network demands the States Parties to the serial World Heritage property to establish a permanent and effective secretariat as mechanism for its integrated management as well as to ensure long-term sustainable financing ; read complete resolution:

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From 12-15 October 2017, 33 experts representing 12 European countries convened on the Isle of Vilm, in the Baltic Sea, to further develop the European Beech Forest Network. The meeting was held in the course of a project funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, and conducted by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management..


At the meeting on Vilm the members of the association formulated a resolution covering 20 points.


The European Beech Forest Network has been institutionalized as a registered association according to German law and has the goal to build and grow a platform of interested parties to develop and share knowledge and experience with the expressed intention of influencing policy, management and overall protection and practice of the European beech forest ecosystem – with a special emphasis on old-growth forests in wild and wilderness areas. The association exclusively and directly pursues non-profit purposes to promote science and research, environmental protection, landscape management and environmental education. So far, the European Beech Forest Network supports 126 protected valuable beech forests from 25 countries.


In the course of the workshop, the participants visited Jasmund National Park, the newly established World Heritage Forum and the park's visitor centre (photo: Mattias Schickhofer).

Prof. Fedir Hamor, former director of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve in the Ukrainian Carpathians, comments on the early history of the establishment of the UNESCO World Heritage property dedicated to the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and presents his new book on the topic (photo P. Ibisch)