The Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Together with nine other countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine, on 7 July 2017 the Republic of Croatia joined the extension of the serial nomination of the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe on the UNESCO List of World Heritage.
The extension of the transboundary nomination included 63 areas of beech forests of which the Republic of Croatia participated in with three areas, in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica national parks. It concerns 1,289.11 hectares of beech forests which in the Northern Velebit National Park are located in the strict reserves of Hajdučki and Rožanski Kukovi, and 2,031.87 hectares of forest in Suva Draga - Klimenta and Oglavinovac - Javornik in the Paklenica National Park. The exceptionality of the proposed ancient and primeval beech forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica national parks is based on their geographical position, age, specific features and size.
Inclusion in the List of World Heritage is confirmation that Croatia is managing the natural beauties in the best possible way with the aim of protecting them for future generations and that Croatia by its biodiversity and natural beauty is amongst the richest of European countries.