by Anna Kovarovics
Austria’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site
During this years’ World Heritage Committee Session in Krakow, Austria’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site “The Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” was inscribed to the World Heritage list.
In 2007, UNESCO inscribed ten primeval beech forests in Ukraine and Slovakia. This limited series was extended in 2011 by five beech forests in Germany. The World Heritage Committee has now decided to complement the series with beech forests in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine.
Austria is the bearer of the nomination and contributed forests in the Wilderness Area Dürrenstein and Kalkalpen National Park.
E.C.O. as part of the coordination team, congratulates all involved experts and ministries to this outstanding success!