13:57 11.01.2017

Ukrainian environmental experts hope UNESCO-listed Primeval Beech Forests of Carpathians to be expanded this year

KYIV. Jan 11 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Environmental experts hope that the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians put on the UNESCO World Heritage List would be expanded thanks to the inclusion of an additional 6,000 ha of primeval forests in June 2017.

"The area of our primeval forests put on the UNESCO list is 29,000 ha and 40,000 ha is the buffer zone surrounding these forests. It is planned to expand the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians by 6,000 ha thanks to five new areas… In June 2017 we expect that the World Heritage Committee at a meeting will include these new areas to our preserve," coordinator of volunteer work at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Andriy Plyha said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

He said that these areas are included in the Enchanted Land national park, Sinevir natural park (both are located in Zakarpattia region), Horhany national preserve (Ivano-Frankivsk region) and two areas located not in the Carpathian Mountains: a parcel in the Rastochie natural preserve (Lviv region) and a parcel in the Podilski Tovtry national park (Khmelnytsky region).

Plyha said that this would help to protect the unique forests at the international level.

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