A UNESCO World Heritage concern
Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians at risk
However, the 33,670.2 hectares of outstanding natural heritage is not all protected appropriately. Inaccuracies in the designation documents, lack of communication with landowners and land users, incoherency between nature conservation and forestry legislation led to long-lasting conflicts in the Slovakian part of the site. As a result, current economic activities including forestry and tourism development may seriously damage more than half of the Slovakian site where a strict nonintervention protection is currently not applied.
“Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians represent outstanding natural values in the Slovakian but also global context. There is a risk that we lose these valuable old-growth forests and many rare and protected species inhabiting the area. It´s time for the Slovak Government to show political responsibility to safeguard the area for the benefit of nature and people”, says Miroslava Plassmann, Director of WWF DCP Slovakia.
WWF Slovakia urges the government to take strong action towards the protection of the UNESCO
“Proper management and effective mechanism for compensation of landowners is necessary along with sustaining livelihoods for local communities. Only these steps can ensure that the universal value is lasting for future generations” – summarizes Plassmann.