its 41st session, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee extended the object “Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” at the expense of new plots of beech primeval forests. The Ukrainian forest massifs of Gorgany, Roztochya, Satanivs'ka Dacha, Synevyr-Darvaika, Synevyr-Kvasovets, Synevyr-Strimba, Synevyr-Vilshany, Zacharovany Kraj - Irshavka and Zacharovany Kraj – Velykyj Dil were included in the object.

The six of nine nominated Ukrainian massifs are located in the parks-parnters of the “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project - forests of the NNP "Synevyr" and "Zacharovany Kraj".

The object, which is now called “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe», is located on the territory of 12 European 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.

We are grateful to the UNESCO Committee and those involved in support of the unique Carpathian forests conservation!

Photo - Vilshansko-Kvasovetsky forest massif, NNP "Synevyr”