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Slovenia attains two more heritage sites by UNESCO

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In a recent development at the 41st session of World Heritage Committee in Krakow (Poland), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has inscribed 63 new areas of ancient and primeval beech forest in 10 countries onto the World Heritage List. Among them are two areas in Slovenia: the Krokar virgin forest and Snežnik-Ždrocle forest reserve.

The Krokar virgin forest is an example of untouched primeval forest in the heart of the well-preserved forests of the Kočevje region, which is also part of the Natura 2000 network in Slovenia. The Snežnik-Ždrocle forest reserve consists of ancient beech forest with sections of primeval forest. Like Krokar, it lies within a larger forest area that is included in the Natura 2000 network.

The primeval beech forests of Krokar and Snežnik-Ždrocle joined the Škocjan Caves on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The caves, inscribed 30 years ago, were up to now the only natural monument in Slovenia on the UNESCO list.