Will the borders of Slovakia's primaeval beech forests finally be set?

Slovakia should submit a new report on the primaeval beech forests to UNESCO in December 2019.

Environment Minister László Sólymos wants to set the new boundaries for Slovakia's primaeval beech forests by December 2019.Environment Minister László Sólymos wants to set the new boundaries for Slovakia's primaeval beech forests by December 2019.(Source: TASR)

Carpathian primaeval beech forests, which spread into eastern Slovakia, were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007, but their boundaries have not been properly determined since then.

The area of primaeval beech forests will be reduced to a size smaller than the 2007 nomination project expected but larger than the map section suggested, Environment Minister Lászlo Sólymos (Most-Híd) told the TASR newswire.

"We need to find an adequate compromise," Sólymos said, as quoted by TASR.

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The size of the area, as suggested in 2007, is unbearable, but the beech forest area marked in maps is too small, he added.

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The 2007 text reads that the area should be as big as 5,700 hectares, while the maps show a total area of 3,500 hectares.

“We now have to find an adequate compromise,” Sólymos told TASR.

Although the country was to present the new boundaries in a report on the beech forests from February 2018, Slovakia failed to do so.

Hence, UNESCO has called on Slovakia to set the exact boundaries of these forests and their legal protection again. The new deadline is set for December 1, 2019.

The primaeval beech forests in Slovakia can be found in Stužica, Havešová, Rožok and Vihorlat in eastern Slovakia.

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