Sofia. The centuries-old beech forests of Central Balkan National Park have been added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe item. The government has approved a joint declaration on the announcement of the site stretching over Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia. By signing the declaration, the participating states undertake to set up an integrated system for managing the property to ensure its protection, the government press office said.
The serial property was approved by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in Krakow in July 2017. It comprises 78 components located in 12 European countries. The expanded serial site (so far it has only covered territories in Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia) represents an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests and exhibits the spread of European beech since the end of the last ice age to this day.