The Significance

… of a UNESCO World Heritage "European Beech Forests"

The proposed UNESCO World Heritage "European Beech Forests" is unique in the world because it aims to unite 13 states with the common goal to conserve these exceptional, wild and vulnerable beech forests across an entire continent for future generations.

This joint World Heritage property would represent nearly the complete spectrum of the best-preserved European beech forest types of different altitudinal zones across a variety of environmental conditions. The extension would include 10 of the 12 beech forest regions of Europe. Trilateral would become multilateral, and UNESCO’s idea of international understanding and cooperation would be implemented in an ideal way and be extended beyond existing horizons.

Table: component parts, beech-forest regions and areas of the potential extented world-heritage property