The Krokar Primeval Beech Forest and the Snežnik-Ždrocle Forest Receive the UNESCO Awards
On Monday, 21 May 2018, the Regional Park Škocjan Caves hosted the UNESCO ceremony, during which two unique natural sites of Slovenia – the Krokar Primeval Beech Forest and the Snežnik-Ždrocle Forest – were awarded. These sites are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The solemn event was held on the eve of the International Day of Biodiversity, which is celebrated on 22 May.
It should be noted that Slovenia features 14 primeval forests occupying an area of 540 hectares. The Krokar primeval forest covers an area of 74 hectares. Its history dates back to the time of the last Ice Age. These are virgin forests located at the heart of the Kočevje’s forest area, which are part of the Natura 2000 natural monuments network. In turn, the Snežnik-Ždrocle forest is an ancient beech forest with an area of almost 80 hectares, which also has virgin plantations on its territory and is part of the Natura 2000 natural monuments network.