To develop models for active participation of local and regional public authorities as well as civil society in the management of selected UNESCO Natural World Heritage component parts and their surroundings, the Interreg BEECH POWER project was developed, in which the European Wilderness Society is participating as a project partner.
Now, a conference on World Heritage Beech Communities will take place online, 16 – 18 February 2022.
Since 2019, the City of Angermünde (Germany), Slovenia Forest Service (Slovenia) and the National Park Paklenica (Croatia) cooperate within the BEECH POWER project. The main purpose of this cooperation is the development of World Heritage Beech Communities as models for ecosystem-based sustainable development. Following a participatory approach, strategies have been developed and several pilot activities have been implemented to promote the regional anchoring of the World Heritage (WH) site ‘Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe’ and to improve the management quality of the WH site through enhancing cross-stakeholder cooperation and the involvement of the local population.
The main objective of this conference is to
- share the experiences and results obtained within the work package “Empowering World Heritage Beech Communities as models for ecosystem-based sustainable development”,
- discuss further opportunities for WH Beech Communities as drivers for sustainable regional development and
- jointly define requirements, options and key points for enhanced regional cooperation and development of WH Beech Forest Communities.
Please mind that the registration deadline is on Friday, 04 February 2022.
The BEECH POWER team is looking forward to an informative and activating conference with new inspirations and ideas to put the model of World Heritage Beech Forest Communities into practise!