World heritage BEECH Forests: emPOWERing and catalyzing an ecosystem-based Sustainable Development
The UNESCO World Heritage (WH) Site „Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe“ represents the most complex transnational serial natural site in the UNESCO portfolio – comprising 78 component parts in 45 protected areas (PAs) in 12 countries. The programme area shares almost 25% of the components parts distributed in 5 countries (AT, DE, HR, SK and SI). While local management units of the component parts face similar challenges, i.e. concerning buffer zone management, the respective environmental and socio-economic contexts differ considerably on the local and national level. The project takes an ecosystem-based and participatory approach working on different administrative levels to anchor the WH site in sustainable regional development and produce replicable and innovative models for WH beech forests and their local surroundings.
Lead partner organization: Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
Project partners: European Wilderness Society, Austria; Kalkalpen National Park, Austria; Angermünde City Administration, Germany; Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia; National Forest Centre, Slovakia; PubliC Institution Paklenica National Park, Croatia