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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 78 parts in more than 40 protected areas in 12 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.
D.T1.2.1 Regional Strategy Grumsin
D.T1.2.1 Regional Strategy Slovenia
D.T1.3.8 Marketing concept Krokar
D.T1.3.8 Marketing concept Snežnik
D.T1.3.9 Testing pilot implementation of Regional WH Beech Forest marketing strategies
D.T2.1.2 Stakeholder involvement guideline
D.T2.1.3 Conflict management strategy
D.T2.3.1 Joint assessment of current forest management situation
O.T2.1 Active involvement Strategy
O.T2.2 Strategy for conflict management in buffer zones of WH beech forests
General governance strategy: Activating and involving regional stakeholders in participatory planning processes
General governance strategy: Integrating natural heritage in regional and communal sustainable development
Beech Academy youth exchange week in Angermünde, Germany
26th September-2th October 2021
Beech Academy youth exchange week in Starigrad, Croatia
24th-30th October 2021
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.
Last month, as part of the DAAD East-West Dialogue Programme, 50 students, lecturers and practitioners from Ukraine, Moldova, as well as the BEECH POWER partner Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Centre for Econicsand Ecosystem Management from Germany went on a joint excursion through Western Ukraine.
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.