The Krokar Beech Virgin Forest and the Snežnik-Ždrocle Forest Enter the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage List

The Krokar beech virgin forest and the Snežnik-Ždrocle forest have entered the UNESCO’s list of natural heritage.

Until today, the UNESCO’s list have included the beech virgin forests located in Germany, Slovakia and Ukraine named as the Beech Virgin Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Forests of Germany. They were marked by the World Natural Heritage Committee in 2007 (Slovakia and Ukraine) and in 2011 (Germany). All these forests are evidence of the unique development of beech ecosystems in Europe and their impact on the continent’s biodiversity, as stressed by the Ministry of Environment.

Slovenian virgin forests included into the UNESCO’s list of natural heritage are on par with the forests in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, and Ukraine.

The Ministry of Environment noted that the introduction of Slovenian beech forests into the UNESCO World Heritage List became possible thanks to the international cooperation, which began in 2012. “The group identified and classified all European beech forests, taking into account various factors: the primordiality (no anthropogenic impact), the natural boundaries with regard to the spread of beech plantations at the end of the last ice age, the ecological situation, the area, and the degree of protection,” the Ministry stated.