Germany will host the annual meeting of the Joint Management Committee from 19-21 September 2022. In the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park (Hesse), the representatives of 16 of the 18 European countries will discuss how they can successfully organise cross-state work and further advance their joint commitments to the long-term protection of the World Heritage Site.
This year's expert exchange will also focus on the impact of climate change on the ancient beech forests: in particular, how the heat and drought of this year's summer have affected the World Heritage Forest Reserves. During expert excursions in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, the international representatives of protected areas and ministries have the opportunity to get to know the management of a German Beech Forest National Park in more detail.
Since the UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribed five beech forest areas in Germany on the World Heritage List in June 2011, the European transnational World Heritage Site has continued to grow. Today, the joint UNESCO World Heritage Site "Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe" covers 94 component parts in 18 European countries - from Albania to Ukraine - from the Baltic Sea to the Carpathians. This makes the Beech Forests World Heritage a front-runner: no other UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses so many countries.
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