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the Carpathian NNP in the framework of the project "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” its employees equipped thematic path "To the oldest tree". They marked the route, set new information boards and added information on existing wooden base for stands. The path has resting places and observation point near the oldest tree in the primeval beech forest.

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roject leaders of the "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project together with representatives of eight national nature parks held a seminar "PR of the national parks of the Carpathian region". The seminar took place on October, 5-6 in Mykulychyn, in the Carpathian National Nature Park.

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llegal deforestation of the Carpathian forests must be stopped immediately and we should start working seriously on the conservation of the state forests. President Poroshenko announced this during his visit to Ivano-Frankivsk region on September 29. The Head of State emphasized the need for the development of the nature protection sphere, forestry and hunting and promised to support personally "green" tourism.

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his weekend, September 22-23, the XV International Tourist Exhibition-Fair "Toureurocenter-Zakarpattia-2017" took place in the cultural and historical center of Uzhhorod city "Sovyne Gnizdo". Our project, at the invitation of the organizers, took part in the event and introduced eco-teas collected at the NNP “Skolivski Beskydy”.

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September, 16 the team of the “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project at the invitation of the Zakarpattya Regional Forestry and Hunting Department took part in the celebration of the Day of Forestry Workers. The holiday was held in Uzhgorod, in Bozdosky park. The project represented eco-tea from NNP "Skolivsky Beskydy".

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the Carpathians, the Prykordonne and Perkalabske research branches of the NNP “Verkhovynsky” received their own solar power plants. The Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (Ukraine) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society (Germany) within the "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project handed over the solar panels and other equipment for the installation of power plants to the national park.

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reaking news! This September we will begin with the introduction of the term "primeval forests" into Ukrainian environmental legislation.

Today, August 31, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on conservation of the primeval forests under the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (№4480). The act prohibits logging in primeval forests, introduces administrative responsibility for the destruction and damage of primeval forests.

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August 21 the First Deputy Head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration Maria Savka and the Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Vasyl Poluiko had the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Head of the Ecology and Natural Resources Division of the RSA Riyafet Hasymov, representatives of the StateGeoCadastre in the region and the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

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August 6, in Yavory village, at the Boykiv Festival, the national nature park “Skolivsky Beskydy” represented its eco-products, made within the socio-economic bloc of the project "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation". The capacious thermos purchased by the project created a new option in eco-marketing activities - entertainment of the participants and guests of the festival with the unique ecological tea made from the wild plants and berries.

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July 21, 2017 Mykola Bilokon acting as the Head of Ecology and Natural Resources Division of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration paid a working visit to the national nature park "Vyzhnytsky".

During the meeting, the participants discussed the further expansion of the park area by adding plots with the primeval and old-growth forests, as well as the expediency of inclusion of already existing protected areas in the region of park location into the park area.

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journalists from Zakarpattya regional TV Channel "Pershij Kabelnij" visited the photo exhibition of "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project, arranged in Zakarpattya Regional State Administration. The photo exhibition on importance and value of primeval forests started to work on June 26 in the project implementation area. In 2017 we celebrate 10-year anniversary of inclusion of primeval beech forests in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This and the problem of primeval forest conservation - in the video.

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ews about forest cutting in Chernivtsi region spreads all over the country from time to time. It appears on the central TV channels, government reports about logging. Many government officials arrive in Chernivtsi. However, the situation remains disappointing. Forests cutting continues. Worst of all, they cut down not just any trees - especially valuable unique primeval forests, old-growth forests and protective forests are also cut in a barbaric manner. Experts have found an effective way to save these woods, but now the floor is for government.

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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.

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today until July 13 Kosiv District State Administration will be hosting an exhibition of photos of Carpathian primeval forests. Through the camera lens visitors will be able to see the beauty and richness of the unique remains of primeval forests, which are still preserved in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Most of the photos were made in 2015, mostly on the territory of the national nature parks of the Carpathians by a highly professional photographer Sergey Kantsyrenko.

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news about barbarian fellings are now on the first pages of leading newspapers and web-sites, as well as in the top news of regional and national TV channels. But if the pine wood cut by the chain saw we can reproduce in 80-100 years, the unique primeval and old-growth forests will be gone forever. Fortunately, we have the real chance to save this valuable heritage. This happens if President will sign the relevant draft law".

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee is concerned about the future of the beech primeval forests of the Slovak Carpathians that are part of the heritage site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany". The Committee prepared a draft decision for its 41st session urging Government of Slovakia to take measures to stop cutting in the Slovak part of the transboundary object of the world heritage.

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Ivano-Frankivsk region local community protested against logging, planned by forestry. Forestry intended to destroy old-growth trees (more than 143 years old) saying that they are infected with the pine fungus and dry out. However, the local citizens with the scientists stopped cutting.

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Parliament of Ukraine on May 23, 2017 adopted the law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on conservation of the primeval forests under the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (№4480). The act prohibits logging in primeval forests, introduces administrative responsibility for the destruction and damage of primeval forests.

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krainian Society for the Protection of Birds and researchers of national nature parks proposed expansion of Carpathian national nature park, NNP "Verkhovynsky" and "Hutsulshchyna" by adding areas of primeval and old-growth forests to their territory. A working meeting with the heads of these parks, representatives of the Regional Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources Division of RSA took place. The First Deputy Head of the Regional State Administration Maria Savka lead the meeting.

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April 20, in Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Directorate of Environment, the Director of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds Oleg Dudkin and National Coordinator of the project “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” Olga Yaremchenko with her deputy met with the Head of the Directorate Riyafet Hasymov and his deputy Andriy Plihtyak and discussed the status of approval of the proposed expansion of the national parks of Ivano-Frankivsk region (Carpathian NNP, NNP "Verkhovynsky", "Hutsulshchyna") by the land users.

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