Germany - Slovakia - Ukraine - Albania - Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Italy - Romania - Slovenia - Spain: Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

"The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, represent examples of on-going post-glacial biological and ecological evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and are indispensable to understanding the spread of the Fagus beech in the Northern Hemisphere across a variety of environments. The new inscription represents the addition of five forests totaling 4,391 hectares that are added to the 29,278 hectares of Slovakian and Ukranian beech forests inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2007. The tri-national property is now to be known as the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany). This transboundary extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine) stretches over 12 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European beech spread from a few isolated refuges in the Alps, Carpathians, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. This successful expansion is related to the tree’s flexibility and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage


Postcard 1 - Ukraine Primeval Beech Forest
The Carpathian mountain forests of Ukraine. Thanks to Galyna of Ukraine.



Postcard 2 - Germany - Edersee National Park
Aerial view of the Edersee - old beech forests. Thanks to Marcel of Germany.






Postcard 3A - Germany - Jasmund National Park
Jasmund National Park, Rugen Island, Germany. Thanks to Corinna of Germanay.






Postcard 3B - Germany - Jasmund National Park
Jasmund National Park with anceint beech forest of Germany. Thanks to Anja of Germanay.





Postcard 4 - Slovakia and Ukraine
Primeval Beech Forests of Slovakia and Ukraine. Thanks to Inigo of Spain.

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