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fter the first three years the team and project participants:

1. Identified especially valuable forest areas relevant for the expansion of nine national nature parks. In research areas we discovered near 12 000 hectares of primeval and old-growth forests;

2. Developed and submitted to the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources the documents for the expansion of the parks territory – total area up to 105 thousand hectares;

3. Developed draft management plans for parks;

4. Approved expansion of the NNP territories of Zakarpattya region (Uzhansky, “Synevyr”, “Zacharovany Kraj”) – about 23 000 hectares;

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dentification of primeval and old-growth forests held in May-August 2014 on the area of nine national nature parks involved in the project (106.5 thousand ha) by the methodology developed in the framework of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Program (www.sfmu.org.ua)) as part of the international project “Open borders for bears between Romanian and Ukrainian Carpathians”, HUSKROUA/1001/038 and “Support Responsible Forest Management for a Sustainable Development in the Ukrainian Carpathians”, DEG – PPP, a and data of WWF Danube-Carpathian Program given for NNP "Verkhovynsky" expansion area (project "Open borders for bears between Romanian and Ukrainian Carpathians", HUSKROUA/1001/038, 2012 – 2014) showed the following.

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