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UNESCO World Heritage

“Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”

Beech forests are Europe’s natural wilderness. If it was left to nature, the beech would cover the central areas of our continent. However, all but the smallest remnants of European primeval beech forests have disappeared. Ancient, near-natural beech forests have become very rare these days. Which is why the most valuable of them belong to UNESCO’s World Heritage.

A heritage of humankind that connects 78 unique beech forest areas in 12 countries and joins them like a jigsaw puzzle. Like a book with many chapters, where each single one has its own significance, but only together they form a story: the story of an extraordinary tree and its unusual expansion - the story of the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) – NatureDetectives (GER)