International conference to celebrate ten years of UNESCO World Heritage status

From 26th to 29th September 2017, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the inclusion of the Carpathian primeval beech primeval forests in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, an international conference was held in of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.

About 120 people participated in the conference entitled “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany: History, status and problems of the Integrated Management System Implementation”. Among them were scientists as well as representatives of authorities, environmental institutions and the public from Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, Romania and Austria.

“At the plenary sessions and during the work of the sections, a number of issues for Heritage sites were considered: the state and prospects of scientific research, ecological and educational work, introduction of sustainable development, the study and monitoring of biodiversity, anthropogenic threats and the risks of natural disasters. More than 70 reports were presented and discussed at the conference”, – said Vasyl Pokynchereda, Deputy Head of the Scientific-Research and Sustainable Development Department of the CBR.

The participants adopted a resolution addressed primarily to MENR (

The conference activities were financially supported by the SNPA-Project.

Within the framework of the conference, a session of the Joint Management Committee of the Ukrainian-Slovak-German UNESCO World Heritage site “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” was held in Rakhiv, where the conservation of this particular site was discussed.

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