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European Beech Forest Network

European Beech Forest Network

Gruppenbild Foto: M. Schickhofer

Vilm, 16.10.2017 From 12 to 16 October 2017, 33 experts representing 12 European countries convened at the INA on the Isle of Vilm for the final workshop in a series of three meetings in the framework of the project “Beech Forest Network of Europe”.
The beech forest network emerged from the preparation process of the World Heritage extension and currently comprises more than 200 people from 24 European countries as well as a registered association “European Beech Forest Network e.V.”
The goals of the meeting were the development of joint strategies and the planning of concrete endeavors to empower the protection of old-growth beech forests.
In this context the participants welcomed the inscription of the extended World Heritage site “Primeval and Ancient Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other Regions of Europe” in the World Heritage List. The beech forest network supported the nomination and the inscription process and will – from a civil society based perspective – continue to work for the further development of the World Heritage site.
The participants concluded that the network should act as independent science-based advisory body, promoting the protection and sustainable use of beech forests in Europe with a special focus on old-growth beech forests and the forests of the World Heritage site, which are central reference points for the network. With regards to this the conservation and appropriate development of the World Heritage site is a main objective, which is reflected in a jointly formulated resolution to the concerned States Parties (see EBFN Resolution 2017). Furthermore the participants jointly identified a number of suitable funding mechanisms and drafted respective project ideas on several topics including awareness raising, management, climate protection, research and monitoring. The project is implemented by the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

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