CE1340 BEECH POWER: World Heritage BEECH Forests: emPOWERing and catalyzing an ecosystem-based Sustainable Development

The UNESCO World Heritage Site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” represents the most complex natural site in the UNESCO portfolio – comprising of 94 parts in 18 countries. While local management units of the parts face similar challenges related e.g. to buffer zone management, the environmental and socio-economic contexts differ considerably on local and national level. 

The BEECH POWER project aims to improve the management quality and effectiveness of this site to safeguard the ecosystem integrity of the single parts by improving capacities and active participation of relevant stakeholders. 

The partners take an ecosystem-based and participatory approach and work on different administrative levels to anchor sustainable regional development and to produce replicable and innovative models for world heritage beech forests and their local surroundings. With guidelines, strategies and recommendations the project will create a “Beech Forest Quality Standard” to support protected area administrations, public authorities and actors from civil society in their daily work. 

The “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” form the largest and most complex transnational serial World Natural Heritage site in the UNESCO portfolio, stretching across 18 European countries. 
These forests not only comprise the most valuable and best-protected beech forest communities on the continent and tell the story of their continental expansion since the last ice age – they also stand for an outstanding example of international cooperation and friendship, which is why they present a symbol for Europe, European values and peace building in the sense of UNESCO.


The entire Beech Forest Family is full of grief because of the terrible outburst of violence against humanity, which the Russian army currently brings upon Ukraine and its people.
In these dark times, our thoughts and hearts are with our friends in Ukraine. United we stand against any form of violence and jointly condemn this war of aggression.


We pray for the victims and demand an end of violence!




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26.3.2022

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Long-term cooperation plan between Angermünde and Starigrad

Today was a meaningful day for BEECH POWER and the #UNESCO World Heritage Beech Forests. The mayor of the City of Angermünde and the mayor of the municipality of Starigrad-Paklenica have signed a memorandum of understanding laying the foundation for a long-term partnership.

22.09.2021

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The Beech Academy 2021 starts soon!

Interesting weeks ahead for the BEECH POWER project. The German-Croatian youth exchange "Beech Academy" with a total of 28 students from Angermünde and Starigrad-Paklenica will soon take place. First destination: the Grumsin Beech Forest.

16.09.2021

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BEECH POWER partners reunited in Angermünde

BEECH POWER partners reunited recently in Angermünde, Germany to discuss the project achievements so far and outline a roadmap for the upcoming months.

16.09.2021

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Anniversary event of the World Natural Heritage Beech Forest Grumsin

On 16th of September in Altkünkendorf, Germany, the BEECH POWER team attended the anniversary event marking the 10th anniversary of the inclusion of the Grumsin beech forest in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

15.09.2021

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BEECH POWER took part in the Blumberger Mühle autumn festival

During this year’s autumn festival at Blumberger Mühle, held on Sunday 5 September, BEECH POWER was represented with an information stand, which offered many possibilities for exchange with local people, including foresters of the region and the mayor of Angermünde.

28.08.2021

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THE EUROPEAN PRIMARY FOREST DATABASE V2.0, A NEW TOOL TO PROTECT PRIMARY FORESTS

Last week, the new version of the European Primary Forest Database (EPFD) v2.0 was released. This new expanded version, open-access, is the most complete source of information on the location of primary forests in Europe ever assembled. 

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Start Date

01.04.2019

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31.03.2022

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