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The Carpathians

Unique primeval beech forests

The last European primeval beech forests do only exist in the Carpathian mountains, in the Ukraine and Slovakia. Since the last Ice Age they have shown uninterrupted natural dynamics. They document the undisturbed remigration of the species and protect the biological diversity. This also includes the continuous existence of the European bison, elk, wolf and bear.


Ten areas of the Carpathians were recognized as World Natural Heritage “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians” by UNESCO in 2007.


World Natural Heritage area: 29,278 ha

Zone: montane-highmontane

Countries: Ukraine, Slovakia



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