CE1340 BEECH POWER: World Heritage BEECH Forests: emPOWERing and catalyzing an ecosystem-based Sustainable Development

The UNESCO World Heritage Site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” represents the most complex natural site in the UNESCO portfolio – comprising of 78 parts in more than 40 protected areas in 12 countries. While local management units of the parts face similar challenges related e.g. to buffer zone management, the environmental and socio-economic contexts differ considerably on local and national level. 

The BEECH POWER project aims to improve the management quality and effectiveness of this site to safeguard the ecosystem integrity of the single parts by improving capacities and active participation of relevant stakeholders. 

The partners take an ecosystem-based and participatory approach and work on different administrative levels to anchor sustainable regional development and to produce replicable and innovative models for world heritage beech forests and their local surroundings. With guidelines, strategies and recommendations the project will create a “Beech Forest Quality Standard” to support protected area administrations, public authorities and actors from civil society in their daily work. 



Upcoming events

BEECH POWER Outdoor first Aid course

12-14th March 2020 Angermünde, Germany

International Day of Forests

21th March 2021

World Heritage Day

18th April 2021

Earth Day

22nd April 2021

German UNESCO World Heritage DAy

7th June 2021

News & Events

08-12-2020

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BEECH POWER responds to the new EU Forest Strategy

Old-growth beech forests are rare, but crucial for nature conservation. Hence, old-growth forests must be especially protected within the EU Forest Strategy and their area must be increased in the long term.

07-12-2020

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IUCN evaluation of Slovak World Heritage component

Recently, an IUCN evaluation of the Slovak component parts of the UNESCO site, the Ancient and Primeval Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, took place.

01-12-2020

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Consultation open for the EU Forest Strategy – Your voice matters

You can provide your input to the EU Forest Strategy and have a say in the future of European forests until 4th of December!

16-11-2020

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75th anniversary of UNESCO

On this day - exactly 75 years ago - UNESCO was founded in the spirit of promoting the “intellectual and moral solidarity” of humanity in order to bring lasting peace between nations and peoples.

14-10-2020

Events

Magical days in the Grumsin forest for children

A forest school can offer exciting ways for little ones to engage with the natural world around them. The forest activity 'Kreativ wald' in Grumsin educated and inspired children through outdoor experiences and artwork.

28-09-2020

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Situation analysis workshop in Paklenica

On 28th September, another Situation analysis workshop was organized within the BEECH POWER project, focusing on the World Heritage Beech Forests in Paklenica National Park.

19-09-2020

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Strategy workshop for the virgin forest Krokar

On 19th September, the Slovenia Forest Service project team organised a workshop in the village of Osilnica, under the cliffs above which the virgin forest Krokar hides.

03-09-2020

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Hiking along the Roška trail

Our colleague from the Slovenia Forest Service embarked on a three-day adventure to discover the deepest Slovenian forests in Kočevski Rog.

02-09-2020

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Meeting the new World Heritage Beech Forest Coordination Office

Last week, the BEECH POWER partnership had the pleasure to have a first virtual meeting with the new Coordination Office of the World Heritage Beech Forests.

15-08-2020

Events

Information and exchange event Beech Forest Grumsin

Information and exchange event for actors involved in visitor information of the UNESCO World Heritage component part Beech Forest Grumsin.

08-07-2020

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Why Rhetorics Matters in nature conservation

Increasingly, conservation experts are recognising the need for better communication to bring improved understanding and cooperation into conservation actions. For this purpose, the Slovenia Forest Service recently co-organised a rhetorics training.

07-07-2020

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Guided hike along the Borovška Nature Trail

As part of the the Slovenian Forests Week, BEECH POWER was presented to the participants of a guided hike along the Borovška Nature Trail, located in the buffer zone of the Virgin Forest Krokar.

08-07-2020

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Slovenian Forests Week

The Slovenian forestry was given special recognition with the inscription of two Slovenian forest reserves on the UNESCO List of natural World Heritage in 2017.


Slovenian forest week


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01.04.2019

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31.03.2022

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