The members of the Permanent Joint Committee for relations with UNESCO of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate have decided on Tuesday, following a meeting with Greenpeace representatives, to support the inclusion of the virgin beech forests of Romania in the UNESCO World Heritage list and finalize preparation procedures of the dossier and technical documentation. According to a press release quoted by Agerpres, the meeting focused on support for the project titled ‘Beech forests – shared European natural heritage’; the proposal to support the inclusion of the virgin beech forests in Romania in the UNESCO World Heritage list came from the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for relations with UNESCO, senator Traian Igas. ‘At the end of 2013, the Government of Romania has decided to support this endeavour and support the project coordinated by Germany. The project envisages an expansion of the UNESCO patrimonial item titled ‘The virgin beech forests of the Carpathians and the secular beech forests of Germany’; the project to include this item was a success of Germany, Slovakia and Ukraine in including their most valuable forests in their respective countries on the World Heritage list’, the release shows. According to the quoted source, Greenpeace Romania has identified, on the basis of a study done by the Forest Research and Management Institute, a 218,493 hectare surface in Romania that met the criteria of virgin forests.
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