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

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP 

PAKLENICA NATIONAL PARK, CROATIA

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PARTICIPATORY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR ENHANCED COOPERATION BETWEEN PROTECTED AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Participatory strategy development workshop for enhanced cooperation between protected areas and communities

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PARTICIPATORY STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR ENHANCED COOPERATION BETWEEN PROTECTED AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Online Workshop on concept of BEECH FOREST Certification System and procedure

Kalkalpen National Park, POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

News & Events

08-07-2020

Events

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

Events

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.

16-06-2020

Events

Visitor counting in Krokar

As COVID-19 restrictions increased interest outdoor recreation, a group of experts set out to collect data on the visitor pressure of the World Heritage component part Krokar.

30-04-2020

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Expert panel discussion: Will the coronavirus pandemic have a lasting impact on Nature Conservation?

Join the panel discussion on May 12, talking with forest conservation experts about the impact of the current pandemic on nature convervation efforts!

24-04-2020

Events

Steering Committee meets online

Regular online Steering Committee meetings guide the BEECH POWER partnership to effectively adapt its activities during COVID-19.

22-04-2020

News

New opening vacancy for the Secretary Office of the UNESCO World Heritage Beech Forests

The Sonian Forest Foundation in Belgium is looking for a new full-time coordinator of the Permanent Secretary Office UNESCO World Heritage ‘Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe’. Apply until May 17th!

30-11-2019

Event

Situational Analysis workshop for Snežnik

Organised by Slovenia Forest Service, another Situational analysis workshop took place, this time targeting the component part Snežnik.

15-11-2019

Event

Situational Analysis workshop and field trip to the Virgin Forest Krokar

A field trip to the centruries old beech trees of the primeval forest Krokar, one of the smallest World Heritage component parts and a Situational analysis workshop for local stakeholders was organised in Slovenia.

09-09-2019

Event

Attending Interreg Central Europe Communication Seminar

Together with over 90 participants, the seminar was opened by Frank Schneider. Many communication managers and project representatives of the latest and earlier projects were present. 

Communication seminar


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Start Date

01.04.2019

End Date

31.03.2022

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