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World Heritage Site Designation

At its 35th session in Paris on 25 June 2011, the World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe the “Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” in the World Heritage List. They are an excellent completion of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians”, inscribed in 2007, with which they now form a common World Heritage Site.

Today, deciduous forest which survived the influence of the Ice Age does only exist in Europe.  It is a unique occurrence throughout the world that one single tree species – the copper beech - determines the formation of forest and ecosystem in extensive parts of an entire continent in the course of a continuous ecological process. This dominance has developed within only a few thousand years, since the last Ice Age – an extremely short period from the geological as well as from the evolutionary point of view.

In Europe, the uninterrupted process which shapes a continent is especially obvious in Germany at present.

Further excellent European beech forest areas are to follow in the scope of a serial expansion in order to produce a complete image of the continuous ecological process and the extraordinary biological diversity of the European beech forests within the different bio-geographical regions.

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