Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, is home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park. © UNESCO
2020 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Diverse complex of forest ecosystems with extensive old-growth forests
Extraordinary diversity of forest flora and fungi
Outstanding diversity of forest fauna
The 2018 World Heritage Centre/IUCN Reactive Monitoring mission noted that the forest management regime in place in the Belarusian part ensures a strict non-intervention policy in the majority of the World Heritage site whilst active management is informed by specific conservation objectives, which is in line with the protection of the site's OUV. However, the mission also noted the impacts of observed that logging activities on the Polish side between 2016 and 2018, which included the removal of deadwood, and overly wide safety cuttings and large-scale sanitary cuttings as well as active forest regeneration activities (UNESCO and IUCN 2018).
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