It is not just the rainforest that is at risk from logging, but also the few remaining primeval European beech forests.
They are unique, beautiful, and fragile - and of particular biological diversity. Once cleared, their integrity is lost forever.
The States Parties to the World Heritage Convention have to guarantee the beech forests’ protection and conservation as World Heritage. Thereby, they are held accountable.
Through its recognition as World Heritage, UNESCO has reinforced efforts to protect the beech forests throughout Europe. This is an incentive for other countries to protect what remains of their unique beech forests.