Gashi River and Rrajca Inscribed on UNESCO Heritage List

TIRANA, July 11

Lumi i Gashit (Gashi River) and Rrajca are now part of the WORLD Heritage Property ‘Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany’. The World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow voted in favor to the extension of the Beech Forests. Now, the site spreads 63 areas in 12 countries Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Ukraine. This is the third extension of the site.
“The component parts represent an outstanding example of undisturbed, complex temperate forests, its postglacial expansion process and exhibit the most complete and comprehensive ecological patterns and processes of pure and mixed stands of European Beech across a variety of environmental conditions,” the tentative list submitted by Albania says.
Moreover, it explains that Lumi i Gashit is located in the North-East of Albania in the border zone with Montenegro and Kosovo in the area of the European Green Belt. It belongs to the Bjeshket e Nemuana Mountains or the Albanian Alps, a high-altitude mountain with peaks reaching 2,694 meters above the sea level. Meanwhile, Rrajca is located within the borders of Shebenik­ Jablanica National Park, in the North-eastern part of Librazhd District.
Moreover, Albania is working on the inscription of the Albanian part of Ohrid Lake.

News Source: ATA

Photo by Mario Duchon