Construction of facilities for "ecological Davos" for 22 million is started in the Carpathians
On the territory of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve a research center for 22 million UAH will be built.
According to "Nashi Hroshi", on 27 August, the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine following the tender concluded the agreement with "BC" Everest-M" Ltd. for the construction of the International Training and Research Center for the Study of Carpathian Beech Forests. The cost of the transaction amounted to 21.85 million UAH. This was reported in the "Journal of Public Procurement."
Teaching and Research Center will be built in the village of Kvasy, Rakhiv district, Transcarpathian region by the end of 2014.
According to the director of CBR Fedir Hamor, the center building will include a hotel, laboratory classrooms, a library, a conference hall with 150 seats, dining room, exhibition halls of 600 square meters with an interactive exhibition of beech forests. In addition to research, the center plans to hold international conference within the project of "ecological Davos" initiated by CBR and the "Holos Ukrainy" newspaper. Also Ukrainian research center will play a coordinating role in the network of training centers, which are being formed in Slovakia and Germany in the framework of Ukraine-Slovak-German UNESCO World Heritage Site "Primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and ancient beech forests in Germany."
The "Everest" offer was not the cheapest on the tender. The competition also involved six other companies and five of them offered to complete the project for several million cheaper, but some of them had no experience in executing similar works, and some did not provide all the necessary documents, so their application was rejected.
Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians is a transnational natural object that extends from Rakhiv Mountains and Chornohirsky range in Ukraine west to the mountains of Bukovsky Vrhy and Vyhorlat in Slovakia. The object occupies an area of 78 thousand hectares, of which about 30 thousand hectares constitute a reserve core, and another 48 thousand hectares - a buffer zone. Over 70% of the object is located in Ukraine.
On June 28, 2007 the Committee for World Heritage Site by UNESCO decided to include "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians" to the objects of the World Natural Heritage within the object "Pristine beech forests of the Carpathians and relict beech forests of Germany (Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany)". The complex is considered valuable as an example of untouched natural complexes of temperate forests.