Protecting nature | Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

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European-wide significance of beech forest protection

The federal state of Hesse designated the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park by ordinance of 17 December 2003. The ordinance provides protection for a Lazulo-Fagetum beech forest which is typical for west-European low mountain ranges, and includes small areas of special sites, natural streams and nutrient-poor meadows.

The national park as a reserve of fauna and flora, habitat and bird sanctuary makes a major contribution to Natura 2000, the European ecological network. The determination that undisturbed development and dynamics of the natural and near-natural ecosystems are authorised on more than 90% of the area (process conservation) fulfils the central criterion for the international recognition in category II by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Further, the habitats of domestic animal and plant species are to be preserved or re-established, the aesthetics of the landscape and objects of natural and cultural importance are to be preserved within the reserve as far as this is compatible with the goals of process conservation.

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